Family Drug Support Online

The messages in the videos are really clear and I feel were more helpful to me than just reading about them. Thanks so much.

– Anonymous

I was nervous about the idea of going to a face to face support group, so this was a great introduction to how they work.

– Anonymous

…It made me realise that I am not alone.

– Anonymous



  • Summary

    The complete Family Drug Support Online resource is now available at fdsonline.org.au.

    Format

    Online Film-Centred Resource

    Objective

    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.

  • Detailed Information

    Audience

    Families and friends of people using ice and other drugs.

    Interactive Design

    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.

  • Feedback

    The survey feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The vast majority of visitors found the website “Very Helpful” and felt “Better” or “Much Better” able to cope after working through the video chapters. Comments include:

    “Watching this series is like watching our story. It’s helped me understand our different reactions & responses to our sons drug use, highlighted coping strategies & the importance of boundaries & self care. When & how to communicate was invaluable.” [User age: 20-25 yrs. Relationship to user: Parent. Duration of drug use: >3 yrs]

    “Very well presented, in stages so it’s easy to understand and connect the concepts. Also seeing and hearing others experiences which are like mine. Feel less desperate and alone. Also feel like a support group isn’t such an impossible scary option! Thank you.” [User age: 20-25 yrs. Relationship to user: Parent. Duration of drug use: >3 yrs]

    “It helped to know that we are not alone, all of the chapters reinforced our own feelings, communication etc. it made me quite emotional watching this, I cannot thank you enough for allowing us to do so. Absolutely fantastic.” [User age: 26-30 yrs. Relationship to user: Parent. Duration of drug use: >3 yrs]

    “I found it very helpful as I’ve just found out my son is a drug addict and have been feeling completed helpless in knowing what to do. I’m in fear constantly of where his aggressive behaviour the ice has caused is going to lead him, so this has given me some idea of what to expect. Thank you.” [User age: 20-25 yrs. Relationship to user: Parent. Duration of drug use: 1-3 yrs]

    “It gave me much more experienced, sensible, emotionally & rationally supported information with practical techniques to put into practice for one’s self, family and addicted one. Left me with a calmness. Thank you.” [User age: 31-40 yrs. Relationship to user: Parent. Duration of drug use: >3 yrs]

    “What a great series of videos. I have lost a son in 2010 due to suicide due to ice. Our family was/is still devastated and now another son is using ice, stealing, lying, broken trust. I am walking that tightrope every day. I wish we had this group in Toowoomba. I need a place to talk.”  [User age: 31-40 yrs. Relationship to user: Parent. Duration of drug use: >3 yrs]

    “…made me more comfortable to attend a local group…It made me realise that I am not alone.”  [User age: >40 yrs. Relationship to user: Friend. Duration of drug use: >3 yrs]

    “…the themes discussed really rang true with me. The messages in the videos are really clear and I feel were more helpful to me than just reading about them. Thanks so much.”  [User age: 26-30 yrs. Relationship to user: Parent. Duration of drug use: 4-12 mths]

    “I felt these videos were honest [and] a very helpful reminder on how to keep communication channels open.” [User age: >40 yrs. Relationship to user: Parent. Duration of drug use: >3 yrs]

    “…very informative. I was nervous about the idea of going to a face to face support group, so this was a great introduction to how they work.” [User age: 20-25 yrs. Relationship to user: Sibling. Duration of drug use: >3 yrs]

    “I wish you had a support group nearer to me – I would love to go…”  [User age: 20-25 yrs. Relationship to user: Friend. Duration of drug use: >3 yrs]