Blog

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.

Dry July

Dry July raises money for a great cause, but alcohol withdrawal can be risky for heavy drinkers. Let’s discuss the benefits and risks of ‘cold turkey’.

young smiling LGBTQIA+ people campaign against discrimination

Check out the queer-led services ending discrimination with inclusive care for LGBTQIA+ people who want to change their substance use #IDAHOBIT2024

COL patient experience

Patient Experience Week, an annual international event to celebrate the healthcare staff who dedicate themselves to improving the experience, outcomes and wellbeing of people in their care.

AOD counselling

Lots of different types of people become alcohol and other drug counsellors. Counselling Online team member Jeremy has spent most of his career helping people find practical solutions to navigate challenges in their lives. Here he explains that he changed courses in his own career to help people find their own new paths.

drinking or drugs

Substance use can be a sensitive topic. If you’ve noticed something different about your loved one and think substance use could be involved, it can be hard to know what to do or how to offer support.

Woman looks out over the ocean at a beautiful horizon

We discuss how to set useful resolutions in substance use recovery.

parents decorate a christmas tree with their small child

We share tips to help families who are dealing with addiction get through the festive season.

public drunkenness

As public intoxication laws change, we examine the signs of alcohol overdose and how we can give first aid to protect each other.

q & a

Peer Worker PnorkelPW shares what to expect from residential detox programs.

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) 2023 is dedicated to ‘Recognising those people who go unseen’:

Talk-to-Kids-about-Vaping

This World No Tobacco Day, have honest, open conversations with your kids about vaping.

Family Violence

Heavy alcohol use is closely associated with family violence, which can also lead a victim-survivor to drink. We offer resources to understand the issue and seek help.

Illegal Drugs in Australia

We examine how people who are facing criminal charges can face their anxiety and seek legal advice to navigate the Australian criminal justice system.

parent adult child boundaries

Asserting healthy boundaries with adult children can be particularly challenging when drugs and alcohol are involved. Here’s how you can get started.

Make-a-Change

Are you on a journey to stop using drugs or alcohol? We can help you draw a roadmap to change.

Spring Racing Carnival

It’s been a heavy few years for Australian communities. Bushfires, pandemics, floods, inflation. A lot of us are looking for a way to release that tension.

Change My Life

Melody took what she learned as an AOD counsellor and used it to make positive changes to her own drinking and eating habits.

IOAA

As a way of honouring and remembering loved ones who have passed we look at how medically supervised injecting facilities help the Australian community.