Fact Sheets / Patient Booklets
- Cannabis Information and Support provide three different tools for quitting, each offers opportunities to think about how you will quit, the support you may need and guidance for getting through the some of the trickier parts of giving up marijuana.
Local cannabis misuse support services
SDECC – AOD Intensive Support Program
Non-residential day rehabilitation, including individual counselling, care coordination, group programs and intensive outreach for people aged 14-25 years Services are available in Chatswood and Manly.
To access the program call 9977 0711.
Odyssey House Community Services
Non-residential rehabilitation for adults over 18 years old, including individual and group counselling, support to family members of people who have an addiction. Services available in Chatswood and Manly. To access the program call 1800 397 739.
Odyssey House Community Services – Drug & Alcohol Counselling
Non-residential day rehabilitation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 18 years old, including individual and group counselling, support to family members of people who have an addiction. Services available in Chatswood and Manly. To access the program call 1800 397 739.
ACON – Substance Support Counselling
Face-to-face in Surry Hills and remote access program (Skype or telephone) providing intensive, structured interventions within a harm reduction model to Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Intersex people with alcohol and other drug misuse issues. Up to 12 sessions with the ability to extend. To access the program call 1800 063 060.
- Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) – patient support helpline 1800 422 599
- NSW Cannabis Medicines Advisory service
Telephone: Health Direct Help Line, 1800 217 257
Email: The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Innovation, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Access to medicinal cannabis products in Australia – resource for doctors
- Webinar: Understanding Cannabis Medicines (Part 1): Current evidence and availability – This RACGP webinar has been designed to update GPs on the current landscape regarding cannabis medicines, including how they work, the available evidence for use for different health conditions, and precautions for use.
- Webinar: Understanding Cannabis Medicines (Part 2): Prescribing in General Practice – This RACGP webinar focuses on how cannabis medicines can be prescribed, the role of GPs and the importance of informed consent and monitoring patients on cannabis medicines.
Further Resources (for doctors)
- National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre NDARC is recognised internationally as a Research Centre of Excellence and was opened at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 1987. It is funded by the Australian government as part of its National Drug Strategy. Visit website.
- Your Room is a NSW Health website that provides facts for patients, parents and clinicians about alcohol and other drugs. Visit website.
- Drug Info by the State Library of New South Wales, provides free information about drugs, alcohol and the law for the community of New South Wales. Visit website.
- Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) aims to provide education and training expertise as well as high quality research assistance on a wide range of alcohol and other drug issues. Visit website.
- The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research (book) – Free download.
Sky* presented to SDECC with cannabis dependence and symptoms of depression and anxiety. She was not engaged in work or study and her treatment goals were to quit cannabis and find a job. Following an initial assessment, it was determined that Sky would benefit from in-patient treatment to assist her withdrawal. SDECC staff supported Sky to access
residential treatment and remained engaged with her mother as she returned home. As Sky’s treatment in the community continued, SDECC helped Sky to find independent accommodation and get a part-time job. Sky continues to receive counselling support from her SDECC worker to maintain her recovery and pursue further life goals.
*Not her real name.