Drugs & Alcohol

Quitting can be a big step

The misuse of drugs and alcohol can impact on every part of someone’s life. A drug and alcohol counsellor can assist you to meet your goals whether it be quitting, cutting down or preventing a higher level of use. The services below can provide free and confidential counselling and support if you want to quit or manage your drug or alcohol use better. Also, if you have a friend, family member or loved one who you are concerned about, you can contact the below services for confidential advice and assistance.

Eastern Drug and Alcohol Service (EDAS)

What: EDAS provides a specialist youth service for young people in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. They offer free and confidential counselling, education and support. Young people who attend the service are encouraged to set their own goals, which they then work on with their counsellor. Counsellors can meet with you in a range of settings, including the community health centre, other youth services or other locations to suit your circumstances.
Where:  Eastern Access Community Health: 46 Warrandyte Road, Ringwood
Cost: Free
Phone: 1300 650 705
Web: www.edas.org.au

Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS)

What: Drug and alcohol services for people aged 12 - 21 who are experiencing significant problems related to their drug use. Fully integrated services include: youth outreach, home-based withdrawal, residential withdrawal services, residential rehabilitation, koori healing centre and reconnect family service.
Where:  953 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Cost: Free
Phone: 9890 7855
1800 014 446 (free call 24-hr telephone service for information and referral to outreach teams and other services)
Web:  www.ysas.org.au


What: Family therapy, support and counselling for families affected by a substance use problem.
Where:  Anglicare: 1st floor, 666 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater
Cost: No charge, donations welcome
Phone: 9721 3688

Further Help

  • Quitline 13 7848
  • Directline (24hr drug & alcohol line) 1800 888 236
  • Family Drug Help 1300 660 068
  • Chopper Mobile outreach service 0414 266 203
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 9429 1833
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA) 9525 2833
  • Knox Community Health Service 9757 6200
  • Koori Community Alcohol and Drug Resource Centre (Fitzroy) 9481 2666