Family Drug Support Online Resources

Family Drug Support presents an online resource of a series of video chapters centred on a Family Support Group, the group is led by Family Drug Support CEO and founder, Tony Trimingham, OAM.

Family Drug Support has produced (in conjunction with Readymade Productions) our Stepping Forward module “Stages of Change and Balance Pole”. This resource will enable remote families and services to access this information and use it as a support option. Family Drug Support can also deliver this and other Stepping Forward modules  in person Australia wide.

24/7 telephone line for family members to phone to also gain support 

Workshop: Not For Profit’s Guide to best practice Sponsorship, Darwin August 29

Volunteering NT has partnered with Abbey Clemence from Infinity Sponsorship to present a workshop on the “Not For Profit’s Guide to best practice Sponsorship”

This workshop will cover how your organisation or event CAN be successful with sponsors.


There is absolutely abundance to be had when you can show the right company that you are their perfect marketing partner. After all, you are the gate keeper to a community of followers that is their ideal target market!

That is a compelling message to any potential corporate partner. To maximise your chances at success with sponsors, make sure your approach is best practice.


Date: Wednesday 29th August 2018

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: TBC – Darwin location

Cost: $30.00


To register please click here

For more information about Abbey and Infinity Sponsorship please visit

Important Information on Powdered Alcohol

The Association of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NT (AADANT) is aware of Queensland’s recent ban on powdered alcohol and supports the decision made by Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales who have also legislated against the sale of this powder.

AADANT does not support the sale of powdered alcohol. There are numerous varieties of alcohol available on Australian markets, the modes of consumption could be problematic and cause further harm than what already exists with consumption of liquid alcohol.

Some powdered alcohol contains 55 per cent alcohol by weight, and a minimum of 10 per cent alcohol by volume when added with water.

The Queensland Government released this statement on the ban of selling or supplying powdered alcohol in the state: “Having undertaken the required consultation, the Minister is of the opinion powdered and crystalline alcohol products, such as Palcohol, are likely to be attractive to minors or young people due to the novelty of the product and its ability to be concealed (e.g. taken into events or areas where alcohol is prohibited).

Further, in view of concerns raised about the potential for powdered alcohol to be misused or abused (e.g. drink spiking, mixed with energy drinks or other types of alcohol, used in excess of the recommended amount, and snorted or ingested in powder form), the Minister is of the opinion it is in the public interest to declare liquor in powdered or crystal form (e.g. Palcohol), and including, for example, powder contained in a capsule or in the form of a tablet, to be an undesirable liquor product,” Queensland Government 2018.



UNSW Research: Cannabis Ineffective at Managing Chronic Pain

A study from the University of New South Wales published in the Lancet found cannabis does not appear to be an effective way to manage chronic pain.

The study is the largest to be undertaken, with 1500 participants over four years.

UNSW Interpretation: Cannabis use was common in people with chronic non-cancer pain who had been prescribed opioids, but we found no evidence that cannabis use improved patient outcomes. People who used cannabis had greater pain and lower self-efficacy in managing pain, and there was no evidence that cannabis use reduced pain severity or interference or exerted an opioid-sparing effect. As cannabis use for medicinal purposes increases globally, it is important that large well designed clinical trials, which include people with complex comorbidities, are conducted to determine the efficacy of cannabis for chronic non-cancer pain.

To read the entire research paper, please click here.