The use and misuse of licit and illicit drugs is widely recognised in Australia as a major health problem, and one that has wider social and economic costs.

Drug misuse is a serious and complex problem, which contributes to thousands of deaths, significant illness, disease and injury, social and family disruption, workplace concerns, violence, crime and community safety issues.

In Australia, research shows that about 1 in 5 people drink at levels that put them at risk of harm over their lifetime. A similar number of people drink at least once a month at levels that put them at risk of accident or injury and nearly 15% of people in Australia report using illicit drugs.

Bridges provides a range of services for people 12 years of age and over who wish to address the problems they are having with drugs and alcohol.

Do you have a problem?

Indications that you have a problem with your consumption of alcohol or drugs include:

  • You use drugs or drink every day
  • You feel guilty about the amount of alcohol you drink or drugs you use
  • You can’t remember what you did when you’ve been intoxicated
  • You’ve hurt someone
  • Other people express their concern about your alcohol or drug use
  • You spend vast amounts of money on drugs or alcohol
  • You are in trouble with the law for example drink driving, drug charges or family violence
  • Your appetite has reduced or you have unexplained weight loss
  • You have headaches, dry mouth or vomiting/nausea
  • Your sex drive is low
  • You’re tired or can’t sleep
  • You have mood swings, are angry, bad tempered, moody, irritable or frustrated
  • You’ve lost patience with yourself and others
  • You can’t concentrate
  • You’ve become paranoid
  • You neglect your appearance or have poor personal hygiene
  • You’re withdrawing from other people and lack interest in what they do
  • You no longer want to socialise
  • You feel you are losing control

If you are concerned about your use of drugs or alcohol, you can contact us for more information.