Drug and alcohol treatment can help to reduce harms from drugs and alcohol. Treatment can help improve your health and wellbeing.
There are many types of drug and alcohol treatment. Treatment can be taking medicine, withdrawal (detox), talking to a counsellor, or going to stay at a residential treatment service (rehab).
Treatment can also help if you are using more than one drug.
Different treatments work for different people. Most people find that using more than one type of treatment is helpful. Some people need to try a few different treatments before they find one that works for them.
Some people may need treatment for a longer period of time than other people.
Drug and alcohol problems can affect anyone of any age, religion, gender or sexuality.
Some treatments can involve your family, partner or carer. This is your decision.
You can choose if you want to involve your family, partner or carer in your treatment.
Many treatment services are free or are provided under Medicare. Treatment services that provide accommodation and meals (residential treatment services) may ask you to pay.
Treatment in private clinics often costs more money than treatment in Government funded services. If you have private health insurance this may pay some of the cost of private services.
At some services you may be able to see someone quickly.
Some services have a waiting list. You may have to wait some weeks for an appointment.
Staying in regular contact with your family, friends, doctor or a community service
can help you if you are waiting for treatment.
At your first appointment you will be asked some questions about yourself.
This is called an Assessment.
The service will ask you questions so they can understand your needs.
They will ask questions about your drug and alcohol use, your health,
and other parts of your life.
Treatment services have rules about keeping your personal information private and confidential. Personal information is any information about you, your health and your treatment.
Treatment services should never share your personal information with any other person, your family or another community member without your permission.
Sometimes treatment services may ask for your permission to share your information with other services that can help you. There are some laws that require treatment services to share specific information in a medical emergency or for law enforcement.