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Finding help for alcohol and other drug problems

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Drug treatment: What works?

Evidence-based practice, which involves making treatment decisions based on current best evidence, takes into account patient characteristics, situations and preferences. Treatments should produce favourable outcomes under usual or everyday conditions. In the field of alcohol and other drugs, favourable outcomes reflect a balance in risks and benefits for individuals and the community. Below are the different types of treatment, and the context for their use, drawing on available research evidence.

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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 24/ 7 on (08)  7087 1742.

You can direct your clients to call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1300 13 1340 (8:30am-10pm, 7 days/week) for information, counselling and referral.

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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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.

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