SUPPORT SERVICES AVAILABLE
Family Drug Support (FDS) is a caring, non-religious organisation which provides non-judgemental, non-directive support and information to families and friends of people who are using drugs and alcohol across Australia.
FDS was founded in 1997 by Tony Trimingham following the loss of his son to a heroin overdose. In searching for support for himself and his family, he realised that there was very little available. In speaking out about his concerns in the media, he was contacted by other families who told of similar experiences and this, combined with an overwhelming response to a public meeting, led to the formation of Family Drug Support.
FDS believes families are important and any connection with the person using alcohol or drugs is critical. Sadly, families are left to work through tough issues without support. Their normal support network may not be enough despite everyone’s good intentions.
We recognise that family support is crucial when dealing with someone's alcohol and other drug use. The journey for families can be chaotic, often abusive and lengthy. In order to cope better, to become resilient and to survive this journey, families need on-going support. Without this, families can become isolated and helpless and the toll on families can be high.
FDS offers to families:-
-Regular support meetings
-24-hour/7 day a week telephone support line: 1300 368 186
-Bi-monthly magazine ‘Insight’
-“Stepping Stones to Success”:- An Award winning Course that runs for either 9 x 3 hour sessions or alternatively for four days (27 hours) over two weekends.
-Stepping Forward Information Sessions
Session 1- Drug Information what drugs are, how they work and the effects on individuals
Session 2- Stages of change and Life Balance stages people using substances go through, the cycle of change for families and regaining balance in life
Session 3- Communication what works, what doesn’t, building rapport , de-escalating situations
-Interactive website www.fds.org.au
- “A Guide to Coping” Our Information resource
-Membership to Family Drug Support: - This gives the member the guide to coping book and the bi -monthly magazine as well as information about programs and courses that are coming up.
-Bereavement Support: - recognising that for some outcomes can be devastating.
FDS offers to health care services:-
The FDS Bridging the Divide Program
The goals of Family Drug Support 'Bridging the Divide' program are to:
-Work collaboratively with treatment services.
- Train & up skill staff and workers from health, youth, AOD and family organisations.
-Provide more pathways to support families with members in treatment.
-Provide families with realistic expectations of treatment
-Support families and those in treatment towards successful outcomes.
-Increase capacity of treatment services to engage with families
FDS is a non-profit, Non-Government National Organisation and relies on limited government funding and public donations to continue providing this support. Last year we received around 30,000 phone calls and have won awards for our courses and our CEO Tony Trimingham in 2005 and our Adelaide manager Kath Ashton in 2014 have received OAM’s for their work.
In Victoria we have at present Support Groups running from
BARWON HEALTH- GEELONG,
BENDIGO HEALTH- BENDIGO,
MONASH LINK- GLENWAVERLY,
EASTERN ACCESS COMMUNITY HEALTH-KNOX
INNER EASTERN COMMUNITY HEALTH -HAWTHORN.
WESTERN HEALTH DRUG HEALTH SERVICES -WESTERN HOSPITAL FOOTSCRAY.
On September the 30th a new group will begin at
PENINSULA HEALTH AT FRANKSTON HOSPITAL
More Support groups are in the process of being created due to community needs throughout both suburban and regional Victoria. Our goal is to be running the Stepping Forward Information Sessions throughout all areas in Victoria. See the FDS website for more information, dates and locations.
FDS Support Line 1300 368 186 (24hrs/7days)
You can also keep in touch with us via Facebook.