Let’s be real. Drugs and alcohol (including inhalants) are a problem for many young people using them for a short term escape from feelings that are difficult. They can impact you in different ways and taking them alongside other medication can be dangerous. Using drugs or alcohol to cope can have longer term after effects including changing the person that you are or the person you dreamed to be. There are other ways available to cope with feelings that are hard to manage.
We have tried to add links below that will not only inform you about different types of drugs and the issues that may happen if you are using them, but also places that are there for you if you need help.
www.drugs.health.gov.au – Provides information about drugs and services
www.alcohol.gov.au – Provides information/contacts for alcohol services in each state
http://www.drugpoint.org.au/index.htm – Provides information for young people about each drug, and contacts for support services in Melbourne, Victoria.
http://www.redcross.org.au/save-a-mate.aspx – Information on a program run by Australian Red Cross that teaches young people how to respond in an emergency to friends or family who are using drugs or alcohol.
http://www.counsellingonline.org.au/– Free alcohol and drug counselling online 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. Provides support for alcohol and other drug users, and others affected by alcohol and drug use in the community, including family members, relatives and friends.