The complete Family Drug Support Online resource is now available at fdsonline.org.au.
Online Film-Centred Resource
This Readymade initiative has been created in close collaboration with the not-for-profit Family Drug Support. The resource is designed to provide online support for families and friends dealing with problematic drug use – particularly those who are unable to access family support groups.
Produced with financial support from the Commonwealth Department of Health through the National Ice Action Strategy, the resource aims to help families throughout Australia to deal with drug and alcohol issues in a way that strengthens relationships and achieves positive outcomes.
Families and friends of people using ice and other drugs.
Visitors to the site will first respond to a few questions which helps the system automatically set them on the most appropriate path.
Most of the webpages centre on a documentary film of a family support group. Visitors progressing through the site will journey with the group participants as they share their experiences, thoughts and feelings, interact with and support each other, and develop skills for coping with the drug use of their loved ones. The group is facilitated by Family Drug Support’s CEO Tony Trimingham OAM, who shares his deep understanding of problematic drug use.
The program chapters cover a range of key issues including anger, trust, communication and boundary setting, and the stages of change for both the drug users and families.
The evidence-based design of the resource is informed by Family Drug Support’s extensive experience working with families. And the authentic, carefully planned approach to the documentary and other material will help the visitors empathise with, and learn from, the group participants, and come to appreciate that they are not alone, and there is a road map to help.