Alcohol, Drugs & Gambling

Experiencing alcohol and/or other drug use problems? Worried about gambling?

Addictions can have a damaging impact on individuals, families and communities. It is important to get support if you or someone you know needs help to manage an addiction.

What is substance misuse? #

People use substances for multiple and complex reasons including to relax, have fun, dull emotional or physical pain, or to get away from problems or difficulties experienced in life. The misuse of substances may lead to a dependence on the substance to cope in certain situations. The use of substances to reduce emotional or physical pain or to get away from problems may be effective in the short term however may have serious long-term consequences on health and wellbeing.

Withdrawal refers to changes the body goes through when you cut back or stop using alcohol, drugs or other substances. These may include irritability, fatigue, mood changes, aches and pains, cravings and/or insomnia. The experience of withdrawal may differ for people depending on the individual person, type of substance and how long it was used for.

It is important to be aware that suddenly stopping the use of alcohol and other drugs can be dangerous and cause harm. You can discuss your options with a health professional or a drug and alcohol service.

If you are supporting someone who is experiencing difficulties with substance use, consult with a doctor, another health professional or a drug and alcohol service.

There are supports available in our community as well as online or by phone 24 hours a day.

24-hour help #

Alcohol and Drug Support Line ⇗
1800 198 024 

Gambling Helpline ⇗
1800 858 858

Parent and Family Drug Support Line ⇗
1800 653 203

Alcohol #

Alcoholics Anonymous ⇗ – Open meeting, Margaret River
Margaret River Community Centre
Phone: Jennifer on or 0418 197 772
Hours: Every Tuesday at 7 PM and Friday at 10.30 AM

South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service ⇗
Offers easily accessible counselling and support for people with drug and alcohol issues and their families free of charge.  
Phone: 9721 92565
Hours:  Monday-Friday

Alcohol and Drug Support Line
A confidential, non-judgemental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s alcohol or drug use
Phone: 1800 198 024
Hours: 24/7

National Alcohol and Other Drug Helpline
Free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs
Phone: 1800 198 024   

SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training)
A free group program assisting any problematic behaviours, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others. Guided by trained peers and professionals, participants come to help themselves and help each other using a variety of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and motivational tools and techniques.

To register for an online meeting click the link.
Many of these meetings are provided via Zoom.

Lifeline
For anyone experiencing emotional distress with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
13 11 14

Parent and Family Drug Support Line
1800 653 203

Drug Concerns #

South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service, Margaret River outreach
Easily accessible counselling and support for people with drug and alcohol issues and their families free of charge.  
Phone: 9721 92565
Hours:  Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM

Meth Helpline
A confidential, non-judgemental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s meth use.       
Phone: 1800 874 878
Hours: 24/7

Parent and Family Drug Support Line
Confidential, non-judgemental telephone counselling, information and referral service for families and carers concerned about a loved one’s alcohol or drug use.
Phone: 9442 5050
Country callers: 1800 653 203
Available: 24/7

Alcohol and Drug Support Line
A confidential, non-judgemental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s alcohol or drug use
Phone: 1800 198 024   
Hours: 24/7

National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline
Free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs
Phone: 1800 250 015

SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training)
A free group program assisting any problematic behaviours, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others. Guided by trained peers and professionals, participants come to help themselves and help each other using a variety of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and motivational tools and techniques.

To register for an online meeting click the link ⇗.
Many of these meetings are provided via Zoom.

Lifeline
For anyone experiencing emotional distress with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
13 11 14

Parent and Family Drug Support Line
1800 653 203

Gambling Concerns #

Gambling can take the form of pokies, lotto, scratchies, card games, racing or other forms of betting. Each year, 70% of Australians participate in some type of gambling, but for some, gambling can quickly become a problem.

Problem gambling does not have to mean you are totally out of control; it is any gambling behaviour that disrupts your life or the life of your loved ones. The impacts of problem gambling can be far reaching and can include:

  • Debt or other financial problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Loss of employment or problems at work
  • Mental and emotional health concerns
  • Negative impacts on family, especially children
  • Loss of control and addiction

For many, accepting that their gambling is becoming a problem can be difficult.  Find out more from the Fact Sheet – Lifeline

Problem Gambling help online
WA provides free, confidential counselling, support and information services for all people affected by gambling.
Phone: 1800 858 858
Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free – calls to the Problem Gambling Helpline are free from landlines and won’t be listed on your phone bill.

Gamblers Anonymous, Bunbury
Address: 35 Milligan House Carey Park, Bunbury
Hours: Wednesdays from 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Phone: 9487 0688
Email: garsoqi@live.com.au ⇗

Lifeline
For anyone experiencing emotional distress with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
13 11 14

SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training)
A free group program assisting any problematic behaviours, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others. Guided by trained peers and professionals, participants come to help themselves and help each other using a variety of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and motivational tools and techniques.

To register for an online meeting click the link ⇗.

Many of these meetings are provided via Zoom.