Alcohol and Other Drugs
There are numerous services offering a range of treatment and support options for individuals experiencing Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) issues in Queensland. In Queensland, treatment services are provided in local communities by Queensland Health operated Hospital and Health Services, non-government and private organisations.
There are a number of different support options available, across a range of services, depending on an individual’s goals, geographic location, service availability and finances.
- Brief intervention including harm reduction information and needle exchange programmes
- Community treatment, including counselling, case management, and groups (there are outreach options)
- Withdrawal management (inpatient and outpatient)
- Residential rehabilitation and transitional services (varied approaches are used including 12 steps and therapeutic communities)
Services targeting specific needs include:
- Family support services
- Parenting support
- Driving with care program
- Court diversion program
- Youth specific (16-25yrs) services
- Gambling support
For information about non government organisations that offer the above services go to the QNADA service finder.
QNADA is the peak organisation for the non-government (NGO) alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector. As a peak organisation, QNADA’s purpose is to support its members to deliver high quality, evidence based services. The QNADA website has a range of resources that are of use in relation to service navigation, resources and research.
Queensland Health provides the following service accessibility points in the Brisbane metro north region:
- Information and Referral line
The Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) provides information, advice, counselling and referral for alcohol and drug issues.
Their number is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1800 177 833
Click here for the ADIS service finder
- Community Treatment Clinics
Qld health provides two community treatment clinics in the metro north Brisbane area. One is located at Chermside Community Health Centre: Melaluca clinic, and the other at Biala community health centre - 270 Roma Street, Brisbane.
These clinics provide advice on treatment options and clinical services for anyone wanting help for drug dependence including opiate replacement therapy.
Biala also provides acute treatment services for anyone experiencing issues with alcohol and other drug use, and a Needle and Syringe Program (NSP).
Access to these clinics is via the ADIS phone number above.
- Acute inpatient detox
The Hospital Alcohol and Drug Service (HADS), located at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH), offers assessment for admission for inpatient detoxification. Assessments for admission to the detoxification unit are conducted from 8 am to 8 pm 7 days per week, via the Department of Emergency Medicine, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Contact details for the Hospital Alcohol and Drug Service (HADS): 07 3636 8704
- Hospital Emergency
If you present at a hospital emergency unit at the RBWH, The Prince Charles Hospital, Redcliffe or Caboolture Hospitals in need of mental health or AOD treatment, you will be assessed by a clinician from the Acute Care Team. From here, a treatment pathway will be developed with you. It is worth knowing that each hospital in the metro north Brisbane catchment area has a Dual Diagnosis Coordinator who may be able to assist to navigate across both mental health and AOD services in the hospital, and when exiting to the community.
Other specialist services:
Brisbane Youth Service assists young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Brisbane Youth Service (BYS) offers specialised drug and alcohol support and mental health services as well. The service offers a range of supports, assisting vulnerable young people to find and maintain appropriate housing, address physical and mental health issues and establish successful relationships and support networks. A medical clinic operates onsite.
Self-referral or professional referral (GP or other health provider). Phone: 07 3620 2400. Location: 42 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley
Counselling Online provide free, confidential 24 hour counselling services nation-wide. They also have plenty of AOD resources on their website. 1800 888 236. Additionally, they have an anonymous peer support forum (click here) to connect to others affected by their own or a significant others' AOD use. Share strategies, motivation and empowerment in a safe, non-judgemental community promoting social connectedness and healing.
Damascus Health Clinic is located at the Brisbane Private Hospital, Spring Hill. Damascus Health Services provide detoxification and therapeutic treatment for patients with alcohol and / or prescribed and over-the-counter drug problems. Services are provided in a private hospital setting (there is a fee for services and private health insurance is necessary). 07 3834 6475.
Dovetail provides clinical advice and professional support to workers, services and communities across Queensland who engage with young people affected by alcohol and other drug use.
Hello Sunday Morning Daybreak Program upports people to reduce alcohol consumption and create healthier habits.
Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) provides an integrated social health model, including primary mental health services, alcohol and other drug treatment services and suicide prevention services. These are delivered within a broader comprehensive primary healthcare model.
This is a specialised service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of all ages. For information or referral, contact IUIH Connect on 1800 254 354. Self-referral or professional referral (GP or other health provider).
- Caboolture Clinic P: 07 5428 58555 James Street, Caboolture QLD 4510
- Morayfield Clinic P: 07 5429 1000 10-20 Walkers Road, Morayfield QLD 4506
- Strathpine Clinic P: 07 3897 0500 6/199 Gympie Road, Strathpine QLD 4500
- Deception Bay Clinic P: 07 3049 2299 675 Deception Bay Road, Deception Bay QLD 4508
- Northgate Clinic P: 07 3240 8903 313 Melton Road, Northgate QLD 4013
Lives Lived Well delivers alcohol and other drug treatment services via the Life Back and Life on Track group programs, and counselling services in areas of the north Brisbane region where need is highest. Life Back and Life on Track are client-focused, community-based non-residential day treatment programs for adults and young people who are wanting to address their substance use and concerns.
People are eligible for this service who are 12 years of age or older and have co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health issues. Self-referral or professional referral (GP or other services). Phone: 1300 727 957.. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Caboolture L1, 19 Haskings Street, Caboolture QLD 4510
- Caboolutre (Withdrawal Support and Day Rehabilitation) - Central Lakes Shopping Village, 1-21 Pettigrew Street, Caboolture 4510
- Deception Bay L1, 420 Deception Bay Road, Deception Bay QLD 4508
- Redcliffe L1, 3 Violet Street, Redcliffe QLD 4020
- Strathpine 6B, 424 Gympie Road, Strathpine QLD 4500
Map of Needle Syringe Programs (NSP’s) in the Brisbane and Inner Suburban areas.
QuIHN provides medical services, needle syringe programs, counselling, support services, distribution of information, education and training, workforce development initiatives, life skills programs and services that relate to illicit drug use, blood borne viruses, sexual health and other psychological and physical health issues.
QuIHN's Better Access Medical Clinic is located at 1 Hamilton Place, Bowen Hills Qld. The clinic has GP’s specialising in substance use issues. The GP Clinic is a bulk billing service by appointment only. Call 1800 172 076 to arrange an appointment.
Springboard is a free day treatment option for people aged 18+ years experiencing AOD concerns, located in Spring Hill. The group program runs 9am - 3pm three days per week (Tues, Wed, and Thurs) for six weeks.
Informed by an Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework, Springboard teaches mindfulness skills, awareness of personal values, relapse prevention strategies, and assists participants to develop healthy routines and habits. Participants will also attend a gym group twice a week and have three sessions with a dietitian.
Click here for more information about the program.