Drug and Alcohol
In the case of a drug and alcohol emergency go to the Emergency Department of your local hospital:
Gosford Hospital (02) 4320 2111
Wyong Hospital (02) 4393 8000
As per the National Ice Action Strategy (NIAS) a national alcohol and other drugs hotline has been established.
The National AOD hotline will be operational from 15 July 2017.
Community members from anywhere in Australia will be able to call: 1800 250 015 and will be directed to the appropriate service within their state. In NSW this service is being provided by the Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS).
ADIS is a 24 hour the day or week helpline for education, information, support, crisis counselling and referral to services in NSW.
How do you know when you need help for Drug & Alcohol (D&A) problems?
- When your use of drug and alcohol interferes with your life at home, school, work and relationships.
- When other people tell you they think you have a problem.
- When you are having legal problems as a result of your D&A use such as offences committed when intoxicated e.g. driving, assaults etc.
Why is it important to get good information about D&A and services?
While most young people use drugs and alcohol to feel better it doesn’t always turn out that way!
Danger: many young people get injured or involved in fights or sexual assaults when intoxicated. Law: many drugs are illegal and if caught using or dealing can result in criminal charges. Many young people get into trouble with the law when intoxicated. Harm prevention: many drugs are poisonous and can cause harm or death if taken in the wrong dose. Impact on mental/physical health: some young people can develop mental health disorders such as:
- Psychosis Substance Use (PDF)
- Anxiety (PDF)
- Mood Disorder (PDF)
- Personality Disorder (PDF) as a result of drug use.
Referral to Specialist D&A services that may include:
- Specialist counselling: especially relating to physical addiction/dependence.
Specialist medical services: for medical treatment for the addiction or the physical effects of the addiction. Referrals can only be made by doctors for this service.
Community detoxification: people wanting to withdraw from a D&A substance can do so at home and continue their normal day to day life.
Hospital detoxification: where withdrawal will make the person physically unwell and they require medical supervision/support.
MERIT (Magistrate Early Referral Into Treatment) program: rehabilitation for young people whose criminal offences involves the use of D&A. Referrals to MERIT can only be made by the magistrate, police or solicitor.
Opioid treatment programs: for the addiction to opiate drugs such as Heroin/Morphine/Codeine etc. where the drug is replaced with a treatment drug such as Methadone and requires medical supervision.
Detox Maruma-li Inpatient Withdrawal Unit (PDF)
Where to get help:
- Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) ph: 1800 422 599, offers 24-hour advice, information and referral. (for all ages)
- Cannabis Clinic: information, education, counselling and support for young people wanting to stop or cut down their cannabis (marijuana) use.Brochure (PDF) ph: 4394 7999Young People over 18 years -Central Coast Local Health District (Central Coast Area) Drug and Alcohol Intake Line Ph: 4394 4880
Young People under 18 years – Youth Health Ph: 4356 9333
- Youth Solutions Help with Detoxification and Rehabilitation. Ph: (02) 4628 2319
- Your Rights and the Law (PDF)
Support and Counselling Links:
- Alateen is a part of Al-anon – a worldwide program that supports people whose lives are affected by a family member’s alcohol problems. Alateen is for teenagers (12 – 18yrs). They have meetings, books and a newsletter.
- Al-Anon Family Groups
- Alcohol and Teens
- Central Coast Drug and Alcohol Service Directory (PDF)
- Community Drug Action Teams – CDATs
- Counselling Online An anonymous, free online counselling service (24 hrs,7days) for those with an alcohol or drug problem and their family members.
- Drug and Alcohol Services for the Central Coast (PDF)
- Drug Info Drug Information Clearinghouse run by the Australian Drug Foundation which has lots of information about drugs & alcohol – what they are, effects, risks.
- Family Drug Support If you have a family member who has a drug or alcohol problem – Family Drug Support can help. They run workshops, have a newsletter and can get you in touch with support groups. ph: 1300 368 186
- Kamira Farm (Central Coast Rehabilitation Centre for women and their children)
- The Glen Centre (The Glen is the only male specific Central Coast Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre)
- The Ted Noffs Foundation
- Global Drug Survey (link) Get anonymous personalised feedback on your drug & alcohol use and compare yourself with others across the world.
- Standard Drink Chart (PDF)
- Drugs Meter (App)Drugs meter tells you how your drug use compares to other people just like you, offering objective, personalised feedback that takes your personal features into account. With an overview of total drug use and in-depth analysis for nine drugs at present, drugs meter gives objective feedback informed by medical experts.
If you are feeling suicidal it is very important to seek immediate help, preferably by a mental health practitioner.
Kids Helpline Ph: 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelpline.com.au
Lifeline Australia Ph: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
For urgent mental health issues call the Mental Health Line Ph: 1800 011 511 (24hrs 7 days a week)