Supporting the families of young people with problematic drug use: investigating support options

Youth Drugs and alcohol Australia

More support is needed for families coping with young people who are either binge drinking or have issues with drugs, according to this report, which highlights that the biggest problem Australian families are facing when it comes to substance misuse is young people binge drinking.

The report argues that family members should be able to get support and assistance in their own right and highlights that many family members helping people with drug or alcohol issues frequently aren’t getting the right information or support — and end up feeling isolated and confused. It also highlights that many Australian families are now routinely faced with a young person with binge drinking problems — often creating enormous pressures on the family. An Australian National Council on Drugs phone survey has found that many treatment providers in Australia do not have the resources to provide any direct services for family members who have a young person with alcohol or drug issues.

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