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Drug and alcohol services

There is a range of services available in South Australia for people who experience problems with alcohol and other drugs, which means there are many options for people with differing needs and treatment preferences.

Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA)

Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) provides statewide alcohol and other drug treatment services.

Other substance misuse services and locations

SA Health contracts non-government agencies to provide a range of alcohol, tobacco and other drug services through the Drug and Alcohol Services Program.

Services and locations

For you

Aboriginal services and programs

More information about alcohol and other drug treatment services for Aboriginal people in metropolitan and country areas is available on the Aboriginal services and programs page.

Service brochures:

Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)

A confidential telephone counselling, information and referral service for the general public, concerned family and friends, students and health professionals.

More information about ADIS

DASSA publications and resources

Clean Needle Program

The Clean Needle Program (CNP) provides sterile needles and syringes, sharps disposal containers and disposal facilities, information, education and referral for people who inject drugs.

More information about the program and its activities.

DASSA Community Services

Free, confidential services in both metropolitan and country areas including:

  • counselling, assessment and referral for people with alcohol and other drug related problems
  • counselling and support for family members and friends
  • information sessions for community groups
  • consultation, education and training for other professionals on alcohol and other drug issues.
  • Medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence (not available at all sites)

Community treatment services brochure (PDF 135KB)

Metropolitan:

Appointments are required. To make an appointment and/or further information call 1300 13 1340 (South Australian callers only - local call fee).

DASSA Central Service
92 Osmond Terrace, Norwood SA 5067

DASSA Northern Service
22 Langford Drive, Elizabeth SA 5112

DASSA Southern Service
82 Beach Road, Christies Beach SA 5165

Marion
GP Plus Health Care Centre
10 Milham Street, Oaklands Park SA 5046

Noarlunga Health Village
GP Plus Super Clinic
Alexander Kelly Drive, Noarlunga Centre SA 5168

Country:

Appointments are required. To make an appointment and/or seek further information call 1300 13 1340 (South Australian callers only - local call fee. Services are based in:

Angaston
Clare
Gawler
Goolwa
Mount Barker
Mount Gambier
Murray Bridge
Port Augusta
Port Lincoln
Port Pirie
Renmark
Waikerie
Whyalla
Kadina

DASSA Library and Resource Centre

161 Greenhill Road, Parkside SA 5063
Telephone: (08) 8274 3361
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

More information about the library

Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence

Drug and Alcohol Services SA offers methadone, buprenorphine and other drug treatment programs as well as outpatient counselling for opioid-dependent clients, assisting them to reduce or abstain from the use of illicit opioids.

Outpatient counselling services are also available for stimulant and other drug problems. The unit also provides referral, liaison and support for private prescribers and community pharmacists and specialist education and training for health professionals working in the alcohol and other drug area.

Information brochure about medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence (PDF 55KB)

Telephone: 1300 13 1340 (South Australian callers only - local call fee)

  • Central Service
    Assessment and referral services available Monday to Friday
    9.00 am – 12.00 pm booked appointments only
    2.00 pm – 4.00 pm booked appointments only
    Duty counselling services available from 9.00 am - 1.00 pm and
    2.00 pm - 5.00 pm for current clients and other health or related professionals
    'Warinilla', 92 Osmond Terrace, Norwood, South Australia 5067
  • Northern Service
    Telephone for appointment, no referral required.
    22 Langford Drive, Elizabeth, South Australia 5112
  • Southern Service
    Telephone for appointment, no referral required.
    82 Beach Road, Christies Beach, South Australia 5165

DASSA Obstetric Unit

The DASSA Obstetric Unit is a specialist service for substance-using pregnant women and their partners from conception until after the baby’s birth. The service provides assessment, treatment, education, support and advocacy to ensure the safest outcome for mother and baby.
Telephone: 1300 13 1340.

The Woolshed

The Woolshed is a residential therapeutic community for men and women aged from 18 years with drug or alcohol related problems. The Woolshed offers a structured program to develop living, work and interpersonal skills through education, counselling, group work and recreational activities. It has associated halfway houses in Adelaide and links with self-help groups.

The program takes 3 to 6 months; a shorter program may be negotiated for those assessed as having commitments/needs which make the full program unsuitable.

The Woolshed accepts clients committed to living without illicit drug use. This can include those not receiving medication and those clients on medication assisted treatment for opiate dependence (MAT-OD). All MAT-OD clients wishing to enter the Woolshed will need to do so via a DASSA withdrawal unit.

To arrange an assessment call 1300 13 1340 (South Australian callers only - local call fee).

Ashbourne SA 5157
Telephone: 1300 13 1340 (SA callers only - local call fee)

Woolshed brochure (PDF 1.2MB)

Withdrawal Management Services

This service provides assessment and inpatient medical detoxification for people withdrawing from alcohol and a range of other drugs. The service is free and confidential. No referral is necessary.

To arrange an assessment call 1300 13 1340 (South Australian callers only - local call fee).

Services are located at:

Glenside Health Services
226 Fullarton Road, Eastwood, SA 5063

Inpatient Withdrawal Services brochure (PDF 165KB)

For health professionals

Community Pharmacy Program

The Community Pharmacy Program recruits community pharmacies to participate in both the Maintenance Pharmacotherapies Program and the Clean Needle Program. The program provides information, professional advice and support, while ensuring efficacy, safety and practice standards are maintained within DASSA and participating community pharmacies.
Telephone: (08) 8130 7500

Information for pharmacists.

DASSA Library and Resource Centre

161 Greenhill Road, Parkside SA 5063
Telephone: (08) 8274 3361
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

More information about the library.

Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS)

A 24-hour service for general practitioners and other health professional seeking advice in managing drug and/or alcohol affected patients with direct telephone access to a specialist drug and alcohol medical officer.
Telephone: (08) 8363 8633

Education and training

There is a range of drug and alcohol-related training options available in South Australia, for people with differing levels of qualification, expertise and interest.

More information about training an education

General Practitioner Program

The General Practitioner Program provides support to current accredited opioid pharmacotherapy prescribers and GPs in alcohol and other drug related areas and includes the provision of clinical resources and educational support.
Telephone: (08) 8130 7532

More information about the GP Program

Police Drug Diversion Initiative (PDDI)

Young people and adults detected by the police for simple possession drug offences can be diverted from the criminal justice system into education, assessment and treatment through the Police Drug Diversion Initiative.

DASSA is responsible for the statewide coordination of the program as well as the Drug Diversion Line, a 24-hour telephone appointment and referral service.
PDDI Coordinator, telephone: (08) 8274 3355

More information about the Police Drug Diversion Initiative (PDDI).

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