Family Support North-North West provides information and support to anyone affected by a family member or significant other using alcohol or other drugs.
If someone in your family or close to you is using drugs or alcohol and you are being affected, we can help. Family Support North-North West can offer free and confidential support to help you. We provide:
counselling on the phone or face-to-face
support – either long or short term
community education sessions
You might be their step-parent, grandparent, sibling or child. We welcome all types of families.
“I grew up watching my father use alcohol to cope. I saw a lot of violence.
I stopped going to school in the first year of high school and and no-one seemed to notice. I started hanging out with older people and drinking a lot and eventually I was using dope and ice. I had my first child at 17, I was homeless and addicted to drugs. My child’s father went to prison and I got into trouble with the law for stealing to support my habit.
That’s when I came to Anglicare to get support.
I wanted things to change. I saw a counsellor in the Family Support Service and started talking about the reasons I used drugs. I figured out I was trying to escape from my problems. I felt a lot of anger and shame. It was great to talk to someone who didn’t judge me. She helped me find a stable place to live, and she put me in touch with other professionals that could help. With her support I gave up using and started getting my life back on track. I realised a lot about myself and my past experiences.
Now I have my child back and a place to call home. I go to school two days a week, and I started going o the gym. I have set goals for myself and hope to be a fitness instructor. My relationships with my family have improved. My father still uses alcohol to cope but now I know I can get support when I need it.
It has been great to have someone to talk to. I can see how far I have come. Anglicare helped me turn my life around.”
- Anyone who is affected by the alcohol or other drug use of a family member or someone close to them is eligible. Contact our service and we can provide a Referral Form by request. Call (North) – 03 6333 3000