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  • Dealing with harmful drug or alcohol use can affect all members of the family. 
  • It is normal to feel stress and concern as a result of a family member's drug or alcohol use.
  • Talk to your doctor, counsellor or social worker as a starting point to find help for your family, or call DirectLine, Victoria's 24-hour alcohol and drug counselling service, on 1800 888 236.
  • If you are concerned about a young family member (up to the age of 25) call the Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice (YoDAA) telephone helpline on (03) 9415 8881.
  • You can learn skills and strategies to help you cope with a family member's addiction. Call Family Drug Help on 1300 660 068 for more information.

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Reviewed on: 07-05-2019