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Alcohol and other drugs information, education and support for families.

Breakthrough for Families helps family members and loved ones affected by alcohol and other drug use. The service is easy to access, with flexible options for support.

We offer this service across the following locations:

  • Brisbane North and South (including surrounding regions of Caboolture, Redlands and Beaudesert)
  • Sunshine Coast (including Nambour and Gympie)
  • Townsville (including Charters Towers, Hughenden and Palm Island)
  • Cairns (including Port Douglas, Tablelands and Innisfail).

The program consists of free public information and education sessions, as well as individual appointments for family members and loved ones.

Information sessions

The information sessions are free and best suited for families wanting to learn more about drug and alcohol impacts, support and strategies. If you get in touch with one of our teams, we can notify you of upcoming events.

The sessions run for about 2 hours and educate about:

  • understanding substance use and its impact on physical and mental health
  • strategies to stay safe and help talk about substance use as a family
  • practical plans to support loved ones
  • reducing the harms around substance use
  • skills to navigate support systems, and address barriers to seeking help.

Individual support

Our teams are also able to assist family members and loved ones on an individual basis. As a part of these, our counsellors will work with you further around your individual circumstances and your family’s journey towards recovery.

These are designed to be as easily accessible as possible: our Breakthrough for Families teams can even work with you through outreach, which means they can meet in places of your choice, that are easily accessible and safe. This could be a community space or even your own home.

Through these appointments we can also help you with connection and referral to any of our other services and other community services outside of alcohol and drug support.

How do I get started?

You don’t need a GP referral. You can self-refer through our website here. If you have limited access to the internet or would prefer to speak to us to request a referral, please phone the Contact Team on 1300 727 957.

We also accept online provider referrals from other health professionals, services and community and government organisations or they can fax referrals to 07 5546 8223.

Upcoming drug and alcohol information sessions

We’re still here for you. In response to COVID-19, we are slowly reintroducing our face-to-face group information sessions to safeguard the health of clients, staff and their families. We are also continuing to provide virtual information sessions through webinars. Find the dates for face-to-face sessions and webinars below.

Brisbane region

RSVP’s are essential. Please call or email to register your attendance and we will confirm availability. Please advise if you are unable to attend.

Please do not attend if you have any flu like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath; have recently travelled overseas, or you have been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Thursday 15 February 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Lives Lived Well Caboolture
Central Lakes Shopping Centre, Pettigrew St Caboolture
Thursday 15 February 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Lives Lived Well Woolloongabba
223 Logan Road, Woolloongabba (corner of Toohey Street)

To RSVP:

Caboolture – Anne: 0438 108 238 / [email protected]

Woolloongabba – Fiona: 0429 618 876 / [email protected]

 

 

Cairns region

RSVP’s are essential. Please email to register your attendance and we will confirm availability. Please advise if you are unable to attend.

Please do not attend if you have any flu like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath; have recently travelled overseas, or you have been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Friday 23 February 10.00am – 12.00pm
Lives Lived Well Cairns
139 Sheridan Street, Cairns
Monday 26 February 11.00am – 1.00pm
Lives Lived Well Cairns
139 Sheridan Street, Cairns

To RSVP:

Nai Tuuut : 0437 693 558 / [email protected]

Sunshine Coast region

RSVP’s are essential. Please call or email to register your attendance and we will confirm availability. Please advise if you are unable to attend.

Please do not attend if you have any flu like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath; have recently travelled overseas, or you have been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Friday 23 February 9.00am – 11.00am
Lives Lived Well Sunshine Coast
18 Carter Road, Nambour

 

To RSVP:

Petra: 0439 853 596 / [email protected]

Jade: 0439 853 457 /  [email protected]

Townsville region

RSVP’s are essential. Please email to register your attendance and we will confirm availability. Please advise if you are unable to attend.

Please do not attend if you have any flu like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath; have recently travelled overseas, or you have been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Wednesday 14  February 10.00am – 12.00pm
Lives Lived Well Townsville
Park Haven Medical Centre
First Floor, 5 Bayswater Road, Hyde Park Townsville
Wednesday 28 February 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Lives Lived Well Townsville
Park Haven Medical Centre
First Floor, 5 Bayswater Road, Hyde Park Townsville

To RSVP:

Belinda: 0438 726 901 / [email protected]

Webinars

All sessions are facilitated by BFF counsellors from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and Townsville.

Sessions are accessed via ZOOM by clicking on the link provided and following the instructions to register your attendance.

To view upcoming sessions click on the event zoom links below to register or email Breakthrough for Families for further information – [email protected]

Monday 12 February 9.00am – 11.00am https://liveslivedwell-org-au.zoom.us/j/89520353028

Wednesday 14 February 3.00pm – 5.00pm https://liveslivedwell-org-au.zoom.us/j/83287131297

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Lives Lived Well celebrates diversity and is committed to providing inclusive services and workplaces. Everyone has the right to live well, with dignity and respect. We offer support to all people without judgement or discrimination.

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