Explore stories, articles and strategies to support making change and living healthier. Our blogs are about life in general and in relation to alcohol and other substances.

28 Jan 2020

A guide to navigating concerns of your teen using drugs and some suggested next steps.

12 Dec 2019

It can feel like a long road supporting someone else who is struggling with their alcohol or drug use and asking for the help you need at different stages can be important too, varying people and support services might aid you throughout the journey.

10 Dec 2019

The holidays can feel like a minefield for anyone who is trying to give up drinking or at least change the way they drink. So what can we do about it?

21 Oct 2019

Do you ever feel stuck in the same cycle, repeating over and over again? Asking yourself, “Will this cycle ever end? If so, when?” The truth is, you decide when the cycle ends.

26 Sep 2019

Sporting events like the AFL and NRL grand final are exciting times for celebration but they can also be associated with risky alcohol and gambling behaviour.

23 Aug 2019

Saturday August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD). This is a day where people from all over the world acknowledge and remember the lives of those lost to drug overdose.

14 Aug 2019

We recently examined the negative thinking patterns that turn our thoughts sour, in Gloomy guts: 5 ways that negativity clouds our thinking. Today we’ll look at four simple ways we can break out of negative thinking and bring positivity back into our thoughts.

07 Aug 2019

The Counselling Online peer support forums recently hosted a special Q&A with Shannon, our guest alcohol and drug counsellor from Turning Point. The community broke down some common things they feel get in their way of seeking and navigating professional support for problems relating to drinking and drug use.

31 Jul 2019

Negative thinking is like a virus that can slowly take over our thoughts until pessimism and putting ourselves down start to seem normal. We get so used to it, we lose sight of the fact that there might be other ways to experience life.

26 Jun 2019

When you’re trying to change your drug and/or alcohol use, experiencing relapse can make you feel like you have failed — but that’s not true. Here are some tips on how to pick yourself up and dust yourself off if you’ve recently experienced a relapse, or feel you are at risk.

06 Jun 2019

Changing your drinking or drug habits can be difficult at the best of times, but it sometimes feels even harder in Aussie culture, where alcohol seems to form the cornerstone of so many of our social interactions.

28 Mar 2019

Do I need to make a change? In life, we are often on autopilot. We can be unaware of the problems we carry until they have an obvious and undeniable effect on us or the important people in our lives.

10 Jan 2019

How well can you control your own impulses? Researchers at Monash University have created a brand new game which measures exactly that.

07 Dec 2016

I grew up with an alcoholic father, and in years to come it would be that my three brothers would have a similar path.

11 Nov 2016

Have you been thinking about cutting down or completely stopping your alcohol or drug use for a while? It’s common that people aren’t sure where to start, so we are going to have a look at some easy ways to help prepare for change.

24 Oct 2016

The act of helping other people can provide you with a variety of health benefits. It’s been proven to assist those with depression, increases a sense of wellbeing and, for some, it can also help with recovery.

24 Oct 2016

Jesse and Sam’s situations are quite different but they have both got into a habit of using alcohol to manage stress and relax. They both contacted Counselling Online because they were worried about their drinking.