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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.

addicted australia episode 4

In this episode we follow the participants through the final weeks of their bespoke treatment program. We see that the road to recovery isn’t a straight line, and observe that addiction, like other health conditions, can be characterised by periods of improvement and periods of vulnerability.

01 Dec 2020
Addicted Australia Episode 3

In this episode the participants are halfway through the treatment program. We check in on how they are and follow the ups and downs experienced by people in recovery.

24 Nov 2020
addicted australia episode 2

In this episode we learn more about the participants and their families, gaining further insight into what it’s like to receive addiction treatment and support.

17 Nov 2020
free fall, woods | photo by gcalebjones @ unsplash.com

People often ask us: How do I respond if someone approaches me about a problem with drugs or alcohol? Here are 9 tips to show how to help.

11 Nov 2020
Addicted Australia Episode 1

Trigger Warning: For some people in recovery watching Addicted Australia there may be some parts of the show that are triggering, particularly in relation to alcohol and drug use. You may want to seek support while watching if this is the case.

10 Nov 2020
rethink addiction

With the ground-breaking SBS series, Addicted Australia set to air in November 2020, there has never been a better time to Rethink Addiction.

04 Nov 2020
col website update 2020

You may notice a few things have changed on Counselling Online. We’ve been adding new information and tools to make our site even more helpful.

27 Oct 2020
woman writing in her journal by avasol

Australians often feel pressure to drink at social gatherings, but that's changing, and you can too. We discuss how.

21 Oct 2020
a woman caring for her grandmother

When we foster wellbeing it helps us how to grow our mental resources, and our mental resources enable us to be resilient. Learn the three basic needs that help to cultivate resilience.

15 Oct 2020
loved ones also find it tough photo by transly @ unsplash.com

2020 has been a year when the lifestyle we take for granted has been hugely affected.

14 Sep 2020
two people laying on grass staring up at the sky

Relationships & Sex counsellor Jeremy Shub recently joined us in the Counselling Online Forums to discuss how recovery can effect intimacy and sexual drive.

16 Jul 2020
impulsivity

How well can you control your own impulses? Researchers at Monash University have created a brand new game which measures exactly that. And, as a thank you for participating, we will email you a $60 Coles e-giftcard!

13 Jul 2020
man working on his laptop photo by jsnbrsc

Gambling and Alcohol counsellors often hear people admit: “I only gamble when I’ve had a couple.” Here are some activities you can try instead while social-distancing at home.

03 Jul 2020
teenagers hanging out photo by courthobbs @ unsplash.com

The 31st of May is World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The World Health Organisation is asking us as a community to recognise the dangers tobacco poses to young people and how we can protect them.

28 May 2020
woman doing yoga at the beach

Mother’s Day is the day we set aside in our communities to acknowledge and celebrate the important roles mothers play in our lives.

08 May 2020
man walking in the park with his dog

Walking is one of the few activities that is both legal and free right now — and thankfully, walking is great for people who are trying to make changes in their life!

30 Apr 2020
woman self isolating

At Counselling Online, we know that many people in our community are feeling anxious about COVID-19 right now, and that people who use drugs might have specific needs.

27 Mar 2020
photo of pride march by angelacompagnone @ unsplash.com

Over time, more options have surfaced for LGBTQIA+ people to connect within environments that aren’t driven by drinking and drugs. We share 5 LGBTQIA+ friendly social alternatives to bars and clubs.

27 Feb 2020
teenage girls sitting on swings photo by bewakoofofficial @ unsplash.com

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

28 Jan 2020
mother and son hugging at the beach

It can feel like a long road supporting someone else who is struggling with their alcohol or drug use.

12 Dec 2019