Family Drug Support Australia
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    Family Drug Support

    Supporting families affected by alcohol and other drugs in Australia.
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2020 Remembrance Ceremony

Family Drug Support is doing an online video Remembrance Ceremony, as we could not hold our normal ceremony in the Ashfield Unity Church. We welcome you to watch the video and light a candle in memory of someone lost.
If you would like a name added to the FDS website Memorial Page, please contact the FDS office on 02 4782 9222.

FDS updated regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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We are following each State Government recommendations, we are now starting to open up our: Support Groups, Stepping Forward Sessions and Stepping Stones weekend courses.
Please click on the Meetings & Events menu button at the top of this home page.
If there is a delay on your local Support Group resuming, please refer to our website. Here you can find resources, tools and online videos which will you will find beneficial. Family Drug Support Online for Families: Interactive tool based on a typical support group Please also call our 24/7 Phone Support: 1300 368 186  

FDS Volunteer Testimonial

Stages of Change preview - Stepping Forward Session

Presented by Chrissie Kelly from Family Drug Support.

In this video Chrissie Kelly, Queensland State Manager, Family Drug Support explains the work of Family Drug support and discusses the stages of change for families model. This model can be helpful for families to understand where they are at on their journey and start to learn how to cope depending on what stage they may be at.Learn More

FDS Insight Magazines

FDS Insight Magazine - Oct - Dec 2019
FDS Insight Magazine - Jan - Mar 2019
FDS Insight Magazine - Apr - Jun 2018

Media Release

An FDS COVID-19 Response
National Leadership by Innovation Continues

Co-Founder and CEO of Family Drug Support (FDS), Tony Trimingham OAM, who started the organisation after encountering a lack of services for families following the death of his son Damien 23 years ago has announced a new innovative initiative to assist families: “In supporting families with alcohol and other drugs issues, FDS has been given the opportunity to gain an incredible depth of understanding and insight into the needs of family members over the past 23 years.

Why tough love has no place in the FDS model

There is often a debate on ‘tough love’ as an effective strategy for families dealing with alcohol and other drug issues. At FDS we believe that applying punitive strategies is not really effective and, in some cases, may lead to more problems than solutions. ‘Tough love’ has been not supported by treatment services and experts around the world. 

We hear you - Families matter during COVID 19

At Family Drug Support Australia  the health and wellbeing of family members is paramount. In the ever-changing climate of COVID-19 the uncertainty is real, and for a family member supporting someone with a drug and/or alcohol dependence, the challenges they face have been exacerbated with limited access to services and means of support.  

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