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Caring for someone using alcohol or another drug

Carers play an integral role in the support and recovery of people who use alcohol or another drug. Carers who support someone with a dependence on alcohol or another drug tend to experience poorer physical and mental health than other groups of carers.1

Many carers find it hard to balance their own needs with the demands of caring for another person. When carers are able to take care of themselves they can function more effectively in their caring role. Information and support is available for carers of people who use alcohol or another drug.

1 Carers NSW 2020 National Carer Survey

Carers NSW Information and resources

Carers NSW has developed a series of resources for carers of people using alcohol or another drug which can be accessed below or via the Carers NSW Resources page.

Carers NSW Information sheets

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Other resources

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (LHD) have launched a series of videos outlining some of the support services available for carers, family and friends of people who struggle with drug or alcohol. The videos share the stories and lived experiences of others who have accessed these services, highlighting the benefits of seeking support and the importance of looking after yourself.

Useful services

Family Drug Support Australia - 1300 368 186 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Information and support for people with an alcohol or other drug dependency, their families and carers.

Carer Gateway - 1800 422 737 (Monday to Friday). Access to supports and services for carers.

Alcohol and Drug Information Service - 1800 250 015 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Information, support and referrals for those affected by alcohol and other drug use.

DAMEC - Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre