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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 drugs, which means there are many options for people with differing needs and treatment preferences.

Drug and Alcohol Services SA (DASSA)

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

Contact DASSA

DASSA publications and resources

For you

Aboriginal services and programs

Alcohol and other drug treatment services for Aboriginal people in metropolitan and country areas.

Ceduna Day Centre brochure (PDF 1240KB)

Young Street Day Centre (Port Augusta) brochure (PDF 700KB)

More information about Aboriginal services and programs

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.

Clean Needle Program sites (locations and hours of operation)

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 Eastern 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

DASSA Western Service
Building 3, The Parks Community Centre
2-46 Cowan Street, Angle Park, SA 5010

Aldinga
GP Plus Health Care Centre
Pridham Boulevard, Aldinga SA 5173

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

Port Adelaide
Statewide Gambling Therapy Service
Level 1, 60 Marryatt Street, Port Adelaide SA 5015                       

Woodville
GP Plus Health Care Centre
64C Woodville Road, Woodville SA 5011

Country:

Services are provided at the locations listed below.

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

Barossa: Gawler: (08) 8521 2098, Angaston: (08) 8563 8544
Clare: (08) 8842 3139
Goolwa: (08) 8326 6644
Mount Barker: (08) 8393 1833
Mount Gambier: (08) 8721 1507
Murray Bridge: (08) 8535 6785
Port Augusta: (08) 8668 7800  
Port Lincoln: (08) 8683 2234
Port Pirie: (08) 8638 4501
Riverland: Renmark: (08) 8586 5504, Waikerie: (08) 8541 2080
Whyalla: (08) 8648 8327
Yorke Peninsula: Kadina: (08) 8828 1370
 

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)

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

  • Eastern Service (Warinilla)
    Assessment and referral services available Monday to Friday
    9.00 am – 12.00 pm booked appointments only
    1.00 pm – 1.45 pm booked appointments only
    1.45 pm – 3.30 pm drop-in service - no appointment required
    92 Osmond Terrace, Norwood, South Australia 5067
    Telephone: (08) 8130 7500
  • Northern Service
    Telephone for appointment, no referral required.
    22 Langford Drive, Elizabeth, South Australia 5112
    Telephone: (08) 8287 5742
  • Southern Service
    Telephone for appointment, no referral required.
    82 Beach Road, Christies Beach, South Australia 5165
    Telephone: (08) 8326 6644
  • Western Service
    Building 3, The Parks Community Centre,
    2-46 Cowan Street, Angle Park, South Australia 5010
    Telephone: (08) 8243 5715

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: (08) 8130 7500.

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: (08) 8536 6002 or 1300 13 1340 (SA callers only - local call fee)

Woolshed brochure (PDF 1240)

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 Co-morbidity Liaison Advisory Service (DCLAS) 

The DASSA Co-morbidity Liaison Advisory Service provides a consultation liaison service through advanced clinical practice consultants in co-morbidity to southern and northern health regions as well as to centrally located non-government organisations for clients with substance use disorders and co-existing with mental health disorders. The service also provides seminars and education sessions on related topics to enhance the capacity of the clinical organisations outside of DASSA to manage clients with co-morbidity.
Telephone:  Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) 1300 13 1340

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.

Driver Assessment Clinic

The Driver Assessment Clinic assesses all second and subsequent offenders who have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs under section 47J of the Road Traffic Act 1961. The Clinic also assesses drivers for alcohol and/or other drug dependency who have been referred by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles under section 79B or section 80 of the Motor Vehicles Act 1959.

90-92 Fourth Avenue, Joslin SA 5070
Telephone: 1300 171 220

22 Langford Drive, Elizabeth SA 5112
Telephone: (08) 8287 5742

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

Drug and Alcohol Resource Unit (DARU)

DARU is a unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia. The unit provides advice and assistance to staff of the hospital to manage patients who have problems related to their use of alcohol and drugs, and provides an outpatient rehabilitation service for patients. The unit can also provide advice to clinicians of other hospitals about the management of problems related to a patients' use of alcohol and drugs.

Royal Adelaide Hospital
Level 6, McEwin Building, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Telephone: (08) 8222 5473

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) 8274 3306

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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