Treatment and support

There are a number of approaches to support people to reduce or stop harmful drug use [23503]. The support they need will depend on what stage they are at when contemplating changing their drug use. Cultural respect and sensitivity play an important role in achieving treatment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people [40397].

Treatment types may include [43453]:

  • counselling
  • withdrawal management
  • assessment only
  • support and case management
  • rehabilitation
  • information and education
  • pharmacotherapy (for more information on pharmacotherapies visit the Harm Reduction Portal).

When people are struggling with housing, employment and other stressful circumstances the best support to give may be practical assistance to liaise with service providers.



Key resources



Turtle Dreaming by Donna Rioli

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