To make a referral complete a standard Alcohol and Drug Service referral form and send it to Alcohol and Drug Service (North). A specialist Anglicare Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) worker will then be contacted. Anglicare’s AOD workers are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
“I met the worker from Anglicare after I was cautioned by the police for possession of a cannabis plant. I thought it was going to be a rap over the knuckles and I just went to get it over and done with.
But we talked about more than smoking dope.
We talked about the separation from my long-term partner, and about the hassles my step-son was causing. It was full-on and I even cried, but I walked out thankful for the opportunity to dump on someone else. I was treated with respect and I did not feel judged.
I rang that worker the next week and I continued to see her regularly. We talked a lot and she helped me get things sorted out. Sometimes it was just to talk or for information on other local support people. She recommended I see a doctor and the medication I’ve started on really helps.
I’ve got a job now, and have put the worst behind me.”