Taking that first step

Posted on: Friday, 02 September 2011

Victorians facing drug and alcohol issues are being encouraged to contact Eastern Health’s Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre to assist them in taking that first step to a better life.

Turning Point’s support services include counselling for people throughout the state, with phone, internet and on-site services available.

DirectLine is Turning Point’s 24 hour counselling, information and referral service for anyone concerned about alcohol or drug issues. Experienced counsellors provide an immediate and confidential response. 

Turning Point’s Counselling Online website also provides professional support on alcohol or drug-related issues, with a text-based service that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Turning Point also offers on-site clinical support from its centre in Fitzroy, helping people with a range of problems related to drugs, as well as specialist treatment for young people, pregnant women and people with mental health diagnoses.

Speaking as part of Overdose Awarness Day this week (August 31), Turning Point Director Professor Dan Lubman said people who have a problem with their alcohol or drug use, or who would like to support someone who has, can contact Turning Point for assistance.

“No matter what suburb you live in, we’re here to support those in need,” Professor Lubman said.

Head of Clinical Services Dr Matthew Frei said Turning Point’s services can be a “listening ear”.

“We can offer support in a crisis, or provide information about where to go for treatment.”

Support for people who have a problem with drug use is available through DirectLine on 1800 888 236 or www.counsellingonline.org.au