Helping someone you know
We can help anyone affected by alcohol or drugs
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How can DirectLine help?
What to expect when you call
Our professional counsellors work with all people affected by someone else’s alcohol and drugs use, including partners, family members and friends.
We’ll want to know more about you
Expect our counsellors to ask more about you and your circumstances. We need to know about both your loved one’s problems as well as how they are affecting your life.
Advice and counselling
We’ll work through your issues with you, give you advice on how to cope with your situation, and discuss with you what your next steps might be.
Connect you with specialist services
DirectLine can connect you with a range of services across Victoria, including peer support groups, face-to-face and group counselling specifically for people affected by another’s alcohol or drug use.
Supporting somebody with an alcohol or drug problem can be hard
Find out what you can do to help
Speak to a counsellor yourself
Our counsellors provide non-judgemental support and advice for people who are affected by a loved one’s alcohol or drug problem. We can also direct you to current treatment options available for you and your loved one.
Educate yourself about their problem
Be informed about your loved one’s alcohol or drug use – the signs, symptoms and how it might be affecting their behaviour. We can provide you with information about the problems they’re facing and let you know which treatment options are available.
Discuss the issue with them openly
Admitting that there is a problem can be difficult for you, not just the person using alcohol or drugs. It’s important you communicate openly, trying to remain as non-judgmental as possible. This can be very difficult so speaking to a counsellor yourself first can help.
Look after yourself
Don’t forget to look after yourself. It’s common for people to focus on the person with the problem, but don’t forget that the stress of coping can also affect your physical and mental wellbeing. Speak to a counsellor or contact a local service for support.
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These services can provide you with assistance across a range of related issues