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?

While we happily accept referrals, you don’t need one. Just give us a call on 1300 727 957 to chat about how we can help and for more information. You can also use our online enquiry page and a member of our intake team will get in touch with you.

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

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, 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.

Tuesday 13 April, 2pm – 4pm

Lives Lived Well,
94 George Street, Beenleigh

Wednesday 21 April, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Lives Lived Well, Central Lakes Shopping Centre,
Level 1, 1-21 Pettigrew Street, Caboolture

Thursday 15 April, 4pm – 6pm

Chermside Library, Meeting Room 1,
375 Hamilton Road, Chermside

Thursday 22 April, 10am – 12pm

Lives Lived Well,
223 Logan Road, Woolloongabba
(FREE onsite parking via Toohey Street)

To RSVP:

Katie: 0439 774 558 or [email protected]

Ruth: 0437 932 550 or [email protected]

Sunshine Coast region

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, 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.

Tuesday 6 April, 2pm – 4pm

Maroochydore Library,
44 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore

Thursday 15 April, 2pm – 4pm

Lives Lived Well,
18 Carter Road, Nambour

Thursday 8 April, 1:45pm – 3:45pm

Noosa Community Health,
14 Bottlebrush Avenue, Noosa Heads

Thursday 20 April, 11am – 1pm

Maleny Neighbourhood Centre,
17 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny

Tuesday 13 April, 2pm – 4pm

Bribie Room, Caloundra Library,
8 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra

Thursday 22 April, 2pm – 4pm

Primary Health Network Health Hub,
Unit 4, 4 Horseshoe Bend, Gympie

To RSVP:

Emili: 0439 853 596 or [email protected]

John: 0439 853 457 or [email protected]

Townsville region

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, 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.

Wednesday 7 April, 11am – 1pm 

Lives Lived Well, Park Haven Medical Centre,
5 Bayswater Road, Hyde Park

Wednesday 21 April, 11am – 1pm

Lives Lived Well, Park Haven Medical Centre,
5 Bayswater Road, Hyde Park

Thursday 8 April, 11am – 1pm 

Connect, Allied Health Building,
235 Gill Street, Charters Towers

Thursday 22 April, 11am – 1pm

VENUE: To be confirmed
Ayr

Wednesday 14 April, 5pm – 7pm

Lives Lived Well, Park Haven Medical Centre,
5 Bayswater Road, Hyde Park

Wednesday 28 April, 5pm – 7pm

Lives Lived Well, Park Haven Medical Centre,
5 Bayswater Road, Hyde Park

Thursday 15 April, 11am – 1pm

VENUE: To be confirmed,
Ingham

 

To RSVP:

Belinda: 0438 726 901 or [email protected]

Kyle: 0428 325 627 or [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.

Thursday 8 April, 4pm – 6pm 

Click here to register

Monday 19 April, 10am – 12pm

Click here to register

Tuesday 13 April, 3pm – 5pm

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Friday 30 April, 1pm – 3pm

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Lives Lived Well acknowledges the peoples of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia, respecting their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future. 

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