A national issue

The drug crisis impacts almost every Australian in some way. 

Addicted Australia screens Tuesdays 8.30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand.
“There is this idea that addiction is their fault — the rest of us can control it, but those people who can’t are mentally weak.”
If you’re trying to overcome addiction, you don’t need to do it alone.
There is debate on what the most addictive substances are. So why the disparity and what can you do?
After living on the streets and taking heroin and ice every day for over 15 years, Danny has now been clean for 11 years. For the first time Danny and his family...
While lockdowns limited access to physical gambling venues, Increases in online gambling and wagering app downloads reflect a shift in behaviour, with a spike in...
The latest report by the Penington Institute has shown unintentional overdose deaths from stimulants like methamphetamine saw a sharp increase, along with...

Personal stories

The pain, loss, hope and challenges of addiction

I dodged a bullet. But most people don’t.
I was still going to my new job and I was having normal conversations with friends and colleagues. No one suspected that every time I went out for a coffee break,...
Being able to attend from the comfort of my couch has literally been a lifesaver, but for me online meetings miss a crucial ingredient important for my sobriety.
"They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said no, no, no," begins a hit song. For journalist Luke Williams, however, there was no rejecting the idea. He entered...
Family estrangement and drug addiction can often go hand in hand. These two fathers, who've both experienced dealing with a drug dependent child, reveal the paths...

Hope and help

Exploring the complex issues of addiction, attitudes and treatment. 

Gumbaynggiir/Wiradjuri man Tim Gray was less than a year old when his mother put him in foster care. What resulted was a constant sense of disconnection that led...
Taking a closer look at the role of stereotypes on-screen.
Data has shown that alcohol and drug use is decreasing among younger people but increasing dramatically in the 50+ age group.
‘The way my parents spoke to me about drugs is the approach many youth organisations take as well,’ writes youth case worker B. Smith.