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Community Drug and Alcohol Services

​Community Drug and Alcohol Services​

Drug and Alcohol services provide treatment and support for 
people experiencing problems related to the use of alcohol, cannabis, stimulants, heroin or prescription medications (e.g. opioid analgesics, benzodiazepines).

Drug and Alcohol use can also be called substance use.

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How can we help?
  • Conduct a drug and alcohol assessment,
  • Provide a range of counselling options, care coordination and other supports,
  • Provide referral to a drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation facility,
  • Provide referral to other services for integrated care, such as hepatitis and Blood Borne Virus testing and treatment and referral to services such as mental health  
  • Work with Addiction Specialists, inpatient services and GPs,
  • Provide information on options for withdrawal,
  • Help with admission to an inpatient facility, or an inpatient mental health unit,
  • Offer support from a peer helpline, 
  • Offer support from an Aboriginal clinician,
  • Provide support following discharge from an inpatient facility or unit, 
  • Work with the person’s family and carers (with the person’s consent).

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Access, Referrals & Contacts
Drug and Alcohol Helpline 1300 887 000​: is an intake service for referral to all drug and alcohol services in Western NSW. The helpline clinician can provide advice, information or referral over the phone; you can self-refer or be referred by a family member or other service provider. 

The helpline is available 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays with a message bank after hours.

NSW Alcohol & Other Drug Information Service 1800 422 599​: provides 24hour access to a helpline for advice and information.

For emergencies or urgent assistance please call 000.



​​Local Drug and Alcohol Service Contacts

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Our Drug and Alcohol Services
  • Community Drug and Alcohol Counselling: provides counselling and support by drug and alcohol clinicians who work with people to address their goals. Some group programs are also offered. The services are located in communities across the District that are listed below (link here), and also provide outreach services to other communities, with most co-located with mental health services that can support treatment and provide shared care. 
  • Opioid Treatment Program (OTP): provides opioid treatment options to people who have an opioid dependence. Dosing is provided through public clinics, hospitals, or local community pharmacies. Opioid is a substance that is used to treat pain such as morphine and codeine.
  • Take Home Naloxone program:  provides overdose education with Take Home Naloxone packs. Naloxone is a drug that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose or adverse reaction. 
  • Cannabis Clinic: offers support to people wanting to reduce or cease their cannabis use. The Cannabis Clinic is available in Orange and Bathurst. It provides assessment, treatment plan development, counselling, withdrawal support, education, health promotion and referral as required.
  • Substance Use in Pregnancy and Parenting Program (SUPPP): supports pregnant women who use substances, care for an infant up to 2 years of age and need additional supports. An overview of the program can be found here. (this links to intranet)
  • Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) Program: is a 12 week intensive program for people who have matters before the courts. MERIT is available through the following courts: Orange, Dubbo, Wellington, Bathurst, Blayney, Oberon, Forbes and Parkes. A person can self-refer, and also be referred by the Magistrate, Police and other services. An overview of the program can be found at here​
  • Youth Drug and Alcohol Clinical Service Network (YDACSN): aims to increase access to drug and alcohol services for young people aged 10 - 18 years with virtually-based clinicians supporting local service providers to deliver the drug and alcohol treatment. An overview of the program can be found here
  • Hospital based services: people attending Orange, Dubbo and Bathurst Base Hospitals who also have drug and alcohol related problems can get help from the Drug and Alcohol Consultation Liaison Service. 
  • Involuntary Drug and Alcohol Treatment (IDAT) Program: is an involuntary inpatient service for people who are unable to stop their substance use. The Drug and Alcohol Helpline (link here) can be contacted to see if this program could be a treatment option.​

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Withdrawal & Residential Rehabilitation Services
Withdrawal Services: aims to help people with the early stages of stopping or reducing their alcohol or other drug use. Both outpatient and inpatient withdrawal services are available, based upon the client’s likely severity of withdrawal, general health, social supports and preferences.

Residential rehabilitation services: provides care and support for people in an alcohol and drug-free residential community setting. The programs may be medium to long-term in duration (4 weeks to 12 months) and some services provide programs for populations with specific needs, such as young people and women with children.
Services can be accessed by calling the Drug and Alcohol Helpline on  1300 887 000 or by visiting the NSW Health website​. ​


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