Our energies are given in primarily supporting families struggling as a result of drug use. We aim to assist in any way possible to empower families to cope with the realisation of their situation and to survive it intact. To this end we offer a seven day, 24 hour telephone line Australia-wide, manned by volunteers offering help to diffuse crisis, proffering strategies for coping and giving any information required. We believe families are important.
They are the ones who understand their family member more so than anyone else. If left to work through issues in isolation, families can become exhausted and give up. However, when supported they can become a vital force for positive change. FDS is committed to working with professional organisations and forming constructive partnerships. Armed with collective wisdom, FDS has adopted a view of harm minimisation.
We aim therefore to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of drug use for the community and for the individual. We do not condone or encourage illegal behaviour of any kind. FDS does, however, have a commitment to the reform of some drug laws. We believe the use of all drug substances should be decriminalised. We would like crimes committed as a result of drug use be carefully assessed and where possible, perpetrators diverted to treatment and not sentenced to jail.
FDS has no sympathy or tolerance for major crime i.e. violence/drug importation.