Anglicare's alcohol and other drug support services in the North

  • Anglicare drug and alcohol treatment service (ADATS)

    ADATS is the Anglicare Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service. Our professional allied health workers will provide you with tailored treatment designed to support you to reduce the harm and impacts of substances on your life.

    If you are needing support addressing alcohol or other drug related issues, the ADATS approach to your care follows four steps. We’ll work with you to identify the treatment approach that will work best for you:

    • Screening and brief intervention: this is most often a single time-limited session, where you’ll get information and advice to help motivate you to make changes to your use of alcohol and/or drugs
    • Counselling: this is more intensive and over a longer period of time; counselling will support you to develop greater understanding of yourself and the role of alcohol and drugs in your life and how you see yourself; counselling will help you to make positive changes in your alcohol/drug use behaviours
    • Case Management: this will help you to engage in a range of support services to help improve your quality of life and bring about long lasting change.
    • Aftercare: if you’ve completed a recovery or rehabilitation program already, after care is treatment that helps to minimise the likelihood of lapses and help you get on your feet again through a coordinated approach to support from vocational, financial and other social support services

    In general, our approach recognises that your life is unique and that therefore our approach to your support – or combination of approaches – will be unique to you.

    ADATS is a free service.

    To find out more, please call us on 1800 243 232

    ADATS Flyer


    Pete’s story

    “It was time to make a change. I was using all types of drugs – you name it, alcohol, dope, ice – I was using it. Anglicare is supporting me through all of this and everything else that comes up. My ADATS worker supports me and everything going on in my life. I really believe that I have the best chance possible now to stay off drugs and get my life in order. I actually feel that I have hope for the first time in a long time.”


    Supported by funding from Tasmania PHN (Primary Health Tasmania) through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.

  • Anglicare drug and alcohol treatment service plus (ADATS+)

    ADATS+ is the Anglicare Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service Plus for young people aged 12+, or for people who are also experiencing homelessness or mental health issues through the delivery of:

    • assessment
    • counselling
    • case management
    • care coordination.

    The program offers a comprehensive suite of drug and alcohol treatment services to eligible clients aged 12 and over in a variety of settings including outreach, and in different formats and approaches including:

    • face-to-face
    • individual consultations
    • group therapy sessions
    • telephone
    • Skype services.


    ADATS+ is a free service.

    To find out more, please call us on 1800 243 232

    ADATS Flyer+


    Referral process

    Referrals can be received from:

    • GPs or other health professionals
    • or you can access this program yourself by calling 1800 243 232 (free from mobiles and landlines in Australia).

    Client feedback

    “Just so pleased.”

    “I would certainly recommend any of my friends to Anglicare if they were in any need of support.”

    “I don’t drive, so having outreach is fantastic.”

    “[My worker] has been great, it is like she has a sixth sense. At our first meeting my son was with me, she treated him with great respect. [My worker] is tuned into my needs and has a good understanding of my issues. She has also kept in contact with me when I have been in detox.”

    “[It’s] going really well, very pleased.”

    “Best service I’ve ever received.”

    “Great service, great worker.”


    Supported by funding from Tasmania PHN (Primary Health Tasmania) through the Australian Government’s PHN Progr

  • Break O'Day alcohol and drug service

    Support, counselling and practical help if you are affected by alcohol or other drug issues.

    If you are living on the East Coast, the Break O’Day Alcohol and Drug Service will provide you with tailored treatment designed to support you to live free from substance dependence.

    At the Break O’Day Alcohol and Drug Service we can offer you:

    • counselling
    • practical support
    • help developing your skills.

    You can have home visits if that suits you best.

    The Break O’Day Alcohol and Drug Service is a free service. 

    To find out more, please call us on 1800 243 232

    Referral process 

    For referral, please call the Alcohol and Drug Services at the Department of Health and Human Services.

    To make a referral complete a standard Alcohol and Drug Service referral form and send it to Alcohol and Drug Service (North). A specialist Anglicare Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) worker will then be contacted. Anglicare’s AOD workers are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

    Fax BOD AODS – 03 6336 5567

    Call BOD AODS – 03 6777 1234

    Jayden’s story

    “I met the worker from Anglicare after I was cautioned by the police for possession of a cannabis plant. I thought it was going to be a rap over the knuckles and I just went to get it over and done with.

    But we talked about more than smoking dope.

    We talked about the separation from my long-term partner, and about the hassles my step-son was causing.  It was full-on and I even cried, but I walked out thankful for the opportunity to dump on someone else. I was treated with respect and I did not feel judged.

    I rang that worker the next week and I continued to see her regularly. We talked a lot and she helped me get things sorted out. Sometimes it was just to talk or for information on other local support people. She recommended I see a doctor and the medication I’ve started on really helps.

    I’ve got a job now, and have put the worst behind me.”


    Break O’Day alcohol and other drug services are supported by the Crown through the Department of Health Tasmania.

  • Care coordination service

    We work with you and your services to develop an individual care plan.

    The Care Coordination Service is for people involved in alcohol and drugs programs. It coordinates services for people who have significant alcohol and drug issues and also one or more of the following:

    • an acquired brain injury
    • mental or physical health issues
    • intellectual or cognitive impairments
    • risk-taking behaviours
    • at risk of homelessness
    • factors in their environment that pose a risk (such as family violence).

    Together with you, your care is coordinated to ensure the most appropriate services are provided. You are supported to play an active role in decision-making.

    Care coordination is a free service.

    To find out more, please call us on 1800 243 232

    Referral process 

    Referrals are only received from the:

    • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) – Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS)
    • Burnie Youth Alcohol and Drug Service (BYADS)
    • Youth Family And Community Connections (YFACC)

    Tyson’s story

    “Before I started the Care Coordination program, my life was a mess. I used drugs, gambled my money, had nowhere to live and suffered from depression and anxiety.

    I started the program ten months ago. Since then things have improved heaps as a result of the support I got from my worker. I have somewhere secure to live, I’ve reduced drugs and gambling and I’ve got a more optimistic outlook on life.”


    Care Coordination is supported by the Crown through the Department of Health Tasmania.

  • Family support service (North-North West)

    Family Support North-North West provides information and support to anyone affected by a family member or significant other using alcohol or other drugs.

    If someone in your family or close to you is using drugs or alcohol and you are being affected, we can help. Family Support North-North West can offer free and confidential support to help you. We provide:

    • counselling on the phone or face-to-face
    • support – either long or short term
    • home visits
    • information
    • community education sessions

    You might be their step-parent, grandparent, sibling or child. We welcome all types of families.

    The Family Support Service is a free service.

    To find out more, please call us on 1800 243 232

    Referral process

    Anyone who is affected by the alcohol or other drug use of a family member or someone close to them is eligible.

    Contact our service and we can provide a Referral Form by request.

    Call (North) – 03 6333 3000

    Renee’s story

    “I grew up watching my father use alcohol to cope. I saw a lot of violence.

    I stopped going to school in the first year of high school and and no-one seemed to notice. I started hanging out with older people and drinking a lot and eventually I was using dope and ice. I had my first child at 17, I was homeless and addicted to drugs. My child’s father went to prison and I got into trouble with the law for stealing to support my habit.

    That’s when I came to Anglicare to get support.

    I wanted things to change. I saw a counsellor in the Family Support Service and started talking about the reasons I used drugs. I figured out I was trying to escape from my problems. I felt a lot of anger and shame. It was great to talk to someone who didn’t judge me. She helped me find a stable place to live, and she put me in touch with other professionals that could help. With her support I gave up using and started getting my life back on track. I realised a lot about myself and my past experiences.

    Now I have my child back and a place to call home. I go to school two days a week, and I started going o the gym. I have set goals for myself and hope to be a fitness instructor. My relationships with my family have improved. My father still uses alcohol to cope but now I know I can get support when I need it.

    It has been great to have someone to talk to. I can see how far I have come. Anglicare helped me turn my life around.”


    Family Support Service is supported by the Crown through the Department of Health Tasmania.

  • Hepatitis prevention program (HPP)

    Hepatitis is a potentially serious illness, but it’s treatable with the right education and support.

    HPP provides services to reduce viral hepatitis in Tasmania. Our support includes:

    • helping people access testing for blood borne viruses (with a focus on Hep B and Hep C)
    • support for Hep B and Hep C treatment
    • education about the transmission and how to prevent it. This may include getting a Hep B vaccination.

    New treatments can cure hepatitis C.

    HPP is a free service.

    To find out more, please call us on 1800 243 232

    HPP Flyer


    Referral process

    The Hepatitis Care and Support Service is available to clients primarily referred by Hepatology Clinics statewide. You can also ask your local GP for a referral or contact us directly at and a worker can support you through the process.

    Brian’s story

    I had been living with Hep C for over 15 years and it was impacting on my health. I was feeling tired a lot of the time, and just felt unwell.

    I was often worrying how sick I might get if I didn’t get treatment.

    I was glad for the help while I was getting my Hep C under control.

    It was so worth it! The new treatment didn’t affect me like I had heard the old treatment did for others. I only had to take one tablet a day. There were no injections. I was still able to get on with my life while taking the tablets and it was only for 12 weeks!

    My worker gave me lots of help. Like driving me to my clinic appointments and supporting me through the tests that go along with treatment. They helped me to choose healthy, easy food and most of all were someone to talk to about how it was all going.

    Now I am healthy and hepatitis free!


    Supported by the Crown through the Department of Health (Tasmania).

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