Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have an alcohol and/or drug problem?

Here is a checklist; if you answer yes to any we encourage you to give us a call.

  • Am I being physically impacted as a result of my use?
  • Are the relationships in my life being impacted as a result of my use?
  • Am I unable to do the things that I need to be doing as a result of my use?
  • Am I unable to go to work or school?
  • Am I unable to fulfil other commitments?

How do I get my parents off my back?

It may feel that sometimes parents are annoying; it’s not uncommon to have conflict around issues such as alcohol and/or other drug use. If you need some help you can contact sdecc for support.

I am worried about my friend’s alcohol and/or other drug use, what can I do?

Friends are usually the first people to notice things going wrong which can be quite scary. This is a good opportunity for either yourself or your friend to talk to a support service such as sdecc.

What is drug and alcohol counselling?

If you are concerned about your drug and/or alcohol use, an sdecc counsellor can support you, wherever you are at. You might not want to make changes to your drug and/ or alcohol use, you might want to reduce your use, or you might want to stop altogether.

It is also common for young people concerned about their alcohol and/ or drug use to be experiencing some mental health challenges. sdecc counsellors are trained to help you explore your substance use and mental health at the same time.

What do young people say about sdecc?

“Friendly and helpful.”

“Awesome!”

“I tell my friends they should go.”

sdecc helped me through some really tough times.”

sdecc is a warm and safe place.”

What does it cost?

Our counselling services are free of cost and no Medicare card is needed.

Is the information shared with sdecc counsellors confidential?

sdecc takes the confidentiality of our clients very seriously. We know young people worry that their information might be shared with family members or other professionals. sdecc will not share your information with family members or other professionals without your permission unless we are worried about you or someone else being at significant risk of harm.

If I come to counselling will they tell me I have to stop using drugs and / or alcohol?

sdecc counsellors can support you, wherever you are at. You might not want to make changes to your drug and/ or alcohol use, you might want to reduce your use, or you might want to stop altogether.

What is the REAL DEAL with new psychoactive substances (synthetics)?

New psychoactive substances also known as synthetic drugs are now being treated as the real deal under New South Wales law. We have no real understanding of short or long term affects. Like other illicit drugs, using synthetic drugs is like playing Russian roulette; you don’t really know what you are getting or what they are going to do.