Optimal Health Group and AAIC have partnered to offer free family support groups for families struggling with Methamphetamine (ICE) use. For all other alcohol and other drugs see further below.

Families are provided with some valuable basic tools to teach them how to help their loved one through the costs vs benefits and to challenge them to work towards treatment as a goal. This is explained in parts 1 and 2.

They are given resources that will include a range of treatment and intervention services. If families need further intervention, a resource referral list will be given, that will have further intensive and useful help, including the specialist intervention from Roslyn Saunders in part 3, further below.

This website outlines training and resources.

If you need private short stay rehab for substance abuse,

please contact us here (

Family Support Group

For Methamphetamine (ICE).

Offering resources and support by phone.

Also online by appointment.

Face to face groups meeting weekly

in some locations & online by appointment…

Numbers Are Strictly Limited.
To Book And Secure Your Place Please Call
+61481 844 555

For all other alcohol and other drugs call;

Family Drug Support Line 1300 368 186

ADIS (Alcohol & Drug Info Service) QLD 1800 177 833

ADIS (Alcohol & Drug Info Service) NSW 1800 250 015

ADIS (Alcohol & Drug Info Service) VIC 1800 888 236

ADIS (Alcohol & Drug Info Service) SA 1300 131 340

ADIS (Alcohol & Drug Info Service) WA 1800 198 024

ADIS (Alcohol & Drug Info Service) TAS 1800 811 994

ADIS (Alcohol & Drug Info Service) NT 1800 629 683

Hi ,

Feel welcome to pass this info onto your friends and family if they are wanting help with a loved one using drugs…

Part 1Free resources

Part 2Chemically Speaking Two: ONLINE Brief Intervention Training (2hrs and 15min)

Part 3Family Intervention Specialist (Roslyn Saunders)

Part 1Free resources

Thank you for contacting us for help with your loved one using alcohol or other drugs. To the right are some resources to help you. If you would also like texts that summarise this help, please let us know. The first text explains the 4 levels of intervention for people using drugs. The second text lists some resources for loved ones. If you have asked for counselling help in the Gold Coast, we can also send out a 3rd text.

RE: Brief Intervention & Family Support Resources

Feel welcome to call our family support number +61481 844 555 and we can connect you with either our brief intervention worker or family support service.

Also, please find to the right 7 resources that you can use for both drug users as well as their loved ones that can also be emailed to you. Whilst the resources are listed for SE QLD, the Alcohol & Drug Info Services listed above can provide relevant up to date services in any location. The Resource list & Action Plan can be updated to your own geographical location.

For those that have done our Dual Diagnosis Training, you will be familiar with these diagrams and how to use them.

The first step is to ask the drug user and/or family member to watch the free 40 min. Chemically Speaking video on YouTube ( which is also listed on the Resource list & Action Plan which will provide insight into the addiction cycle and appropriate response.

If people would like further information and training, they can participate in Chemically Speaking Two listed below in part 2.

  1. Needs & Emotions diagram – helps them both to understand the underlying issues that need to be addressed that’s driving addictive behaviour.
  2. Cycle of Addiction – from Chemically Speaking video
  3. Stages of Change – from Chemically Speaking video
  4. Costs vs Benefits – for drug user to fill in with 2 people that are willing to do the brief intervention. The family member can also do this with the drug user.
  5. Action Plan – explains resources for drug users to move forward
  6. Resource list – explains resources to support loved ones move forward. Good for drug users to read as well
  7. Recommended Reading – Further reading and tools to equip family members and people in recovery to grow.

The diagrams will help both the drug user and loved ones on a journey of insight along with the free Chemically Speaking video on YouTube so you don’t need to be a counsellor to use these tools.

Part 2 (Online 2hrs and 15min)


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Interventions

SAMHI Chemically Speaking Two

(Brief Intervention 2 hr training) is now available online.

This course costs $75 on the learning platform, however people may receive a 40% discount from us by using our token below to purchase the course for only $45 for a limited time by clicking the link below and choose “Buy Now”.

To register and pay for the ONLINE training,

please click on the last page of this website called, ‘CONTACT US’.

Then choose “Chemically Speaking Two” $45 from drop down menu.

This program is an introduction and an ideal platform for the comprehensive 2 day Dual Diagnosis (12 hour) advanced S.A.M.H.I. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Intervention) Training designed for front line workers that was released in June 2018.

This program will help you develop the skills to deliver brief and early interventions to people struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. This is part of our wider Community Development Response to ICE & Other Drugs as explained on our website;

This program will also help you to learn how to run family support groups. We run weekly live family support groups, as well as a weekly online family support group that you can join.

Chemically Speaking Two is the 2017 upgrade to the original Chemically Speaking produced in 1999 and now provides training in:

1.Substance Abuse & Mental Health (Dual Diagnosis)

2.Integrative Holistic Model

3.Needs & Underlying Issues that drive addictions

4.Grief Cycle & Anger

5.Drink & Drug Driving

6.Cycle of Addiction

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Cannabis
  • Stimulants (Speed, Ice, Ecstasy, Cocaine)

7.Optimal Health

8.Stages of Change

9.Costs vs Benefits – doing a brief intervention.

10.Tripod of Support for the drug user to help them move forward & stay safe.

Dates for live training in Substance Abuse & Mental Health Interventions, (also known as Dual Diagnosis or Comorbidity), are listed at the bottom of the home page.

Part 3Family Intervention Specialist (Roslyn Saunders)

“Dear family members and carers,

The road to recovery from any addiction is a challenging one, for both the addict and those close to them, particularly family members. With the roots of addiction found within the family unit, there is a need for family members to do their own ‘work’ too. We all acknowledge the addict needs to spend time in rehab and thereafter maintain a program of work for sustained recovery. However, less widely understood is the work family members must also undertake to bring about healing and recovery. In fact, taking the focus off the addict and conducting family work in conjunction with the addict’s recovery program provides the greatest opportunity for healing and long term recovery from addiction – for all, individually and collectively.

How is this possible?

The dynamics of addiction are baffling. Understanding more about the mother of all addictions – co-dependence – which affects us all is a good place to start. With greater awareness, knowledge and practical tools for managing, as family members, we can learn that even if our children (including adult children) or siblings are in addiction, change starts with us as parents and carers. With support, we can learn how to say no and hold it. With support, we can do our own work and reconnect with ourselves and addicted loved one on a whole new and healthier level.

Recovery for family members with Roslyn Saunders

Roslyn Saunders is an author, speaker, and addiction recovery coach who works with families of addicts.

Capturing her life experience, knowledge and wisdom in the compelling and practical guide, Emotional Sobriety: finding raw courage to recover from co-dependency, Roslyn, she has spent over two decades dealing with three adult children living heavily in addiction. In short, Roslyn ‘gets’ it.

With decades of direct experience, and many years coaching clients, Roslyn’s specialty is in identification, treatment and healing of co-dependence in family and personal relationships affected by addiction.

Roslyn has developed a unique coaching program that helps people to find the courage to heal long-standing emotional pain and embrace a fulfilling, enjoyable and more manageable life.

Family member coaching is inclusive of:

  • Weekly in person sessions with family or nominated family member/s or 1 – 1.5 hours duration
  • Phone and SMS support between weekly in person sessions, as required.

For more information about family support for those affected by addiction, Roslyn can be contacted on the details provided below. Her book, Emotional sobriety: finding raw courage to heal your co-dependence is available on Amazon and is a wonderful place to commence family recovery work”.

Facebook – Power of No



Roslyn Saunders

Co-Dependency and Addiction Coach

Author, Speaker and Host of The Co-Dependency Show