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Finding help for alcohol and other drug problems

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Talking with your client

To talk with your client start with open, general questions like:

  • How is your general health?
  • What about eating, sleeping and exercise?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Many people drink alcohol - do you drink?
  • When you drink, how much would you have?
  • Do you use other drugs or non-prescription medications?


Screening helps identify alcohol and other drug use, the degree of risk associated with use, and associated problems. Early identification of drug problems generally leads to better treatment outcomes.

For screening tools go to the ASSIST Portal (Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test).

For further advice for withdrawal management in an inpatient and outpatient setting, when to prescribe, and further information on managing specific substance withdrawals can be found on the SA Health Website.

How to refer to treatment services?

ADIS (Alcohol and Drug Information Service)  is available for you or your clients. They can direct you to service providers and advise on referral pathways. Call 1300 131 340 (8:30am-10pm, 7 days/week), advise them you are a health professional seeking referral advice.

For a range of other government and non-government service provider options please see the Service Directory.

The Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS) provides general practitioners and other health professionals direct telephone access to a specialist drug and alcohol medical officer. The service is available 24hours / 7days on (08) 7087 1742.

Detailed referral information can be found on the SA Health website.

There are support services available.

There is a range of services available in South Australia for people who experience problems with alcohol and other drugs, which means there are many options for people with differing needs and treatment preferences. Many of these services are free.

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Would you like to speak to someone now?

Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) is a confidential telephone counselling, information and referral service. (Available 8:30am-10pm, 7 days for SA callers only).

You can also contact a counsellor online 24/7.

1300 13 1340 more info