The Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) helps people to help themselves to recover from addiction, and to achieve lives that are meaningful and satisfying, and that contribute to their community.

SHARC also provides support for families and friends of people affected by addiction.

Services provided

Recovery Support Services program – peer-based residential service for young people aged 16–25 years

  • Residential service
  • Day programs

Family Drug Help – service that supports family members and friends who are concerned about a loved one's alcohol and other drug use

  • Family Drug Helpline
  • Action for Recovery Course
  • Support groups
  • Family counselling
  • Siblings support

US Women's House – residential recovery for women aged 26 years and over

  • Community-based self-help groups
  • Structured program groups or activities

Oxford Houses – residential recovery for women and men

Association of Participating Service Users – consumer representative body

  • Promoting community participation in drug treatment and care provider services
  • Speaker Bureau
  • Increasing service user impact on policy development
  • Promoting and helping service users to develop and run programs and activities



Recovery Support Services program – for young people aged 16– 25 years who want to recover from severe addiction-related problems.

Family Drug Help – for family members and friends of people with problematic alcohol and other drug use.

US Women's House – women over 26 years who want to recover from alcohol and other drug issues. Further eligibility information can be found at the SHARC website-

Oxford Houses – for women and men who want to recover from alcohol and other drug issues. People on drug replacement therapy (such as methadone and buprenorphine) are not eligible for the service. Further eligibility information can be found at-

How to access

  • Call (03) 9573 1700
  • Visit


You can call SHARC on (03) 9573 1700 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


The cost of SHARC services varies. Contact SHARC for more information about costs.


SHARC website