Directions provide free and confidential counselling and case management for individuals, families and friends affected by their own or another person’s use of alcohol, drugs or other addictions.

Support is also available for people with related issues including housing, relationships, employment, the legal system and health concerns.

The first step to accessing services is an initial assessment. This helps to make sure that a client’s treatment support plan addresses their needs and issues and provides the best possible treatment plan for them. The focus is on helping clients to identify their goals.

Our alcohol and other drug practitioners use a variety of treatment approaches including cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing and person centred practice, to help clients change the way they think about their substance use and to find ways that allow them to make positive changes in their lives and achieve their goals.

Counselling services

Other counselling services are also available and include:

  • Family counselling – to help people to develop strategies to cope with substance use issues that are affecting their families or close relationships.
  • Intensive case management – to support people with complex needs in all areas of their lives.
  • Continuing care counselling – for people looking to make changes to their lives in relation to substance use; and for those who have recently completed detox or rehabilitation and are looking for ways to prevent relapse into past substance use habits.
  • Treatment and support appointments are also available from 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday, with a small number of after hour appointments available

Crisis counselling is available at Directions Woden office 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, and at Civic NSP (Needle Syringe Program) in the ACT Health Building, corner of Alinga and Moore Streets, Canberra City, 9am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 5pm, Tuesday to Thursday.

Directions Health Services
Level 6, Cosmopolitan Centre, Woden Square, Woden ACT
PO Box 538, Woden ACT 2606

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