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.

14 Sep 2020

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

16 Jul 2020

Relationships & Sex counsellor Jeremy Shub recently joined us in the Counselling Online Forums to discuss how recovery can effect intimacy and sexual drive. Here’s what he had to say about how we can connect with others when we have an addiction, trauma or distress.

13 Jul 2020

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

03 Jul 2020

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.

28 May 2020

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.

08 May 2020

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

30 Apr 2020

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!

27 Mar 2020

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 Feb 2020

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.

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. We share how to celebrate safely without relying on drinking and gambling.

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.

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 can take over our thoughts until they start to feel normal. We share 5 ways to learn how to recognise when negativity is clouding our thoughts.

26 Jun 2019

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.