If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance use, Centacare Drug and Alcohol Service can help.

Centacare Drug and Alcohol Service (CDAS) offers a range of support and recovery opportunities not only for individuals living with substance use, but also for family and friends who may be supporting a person who uses alcohol and/or other drugs. CDAS provides counselling support to clients in their homes, at our offices located across metropolitan Adelaide or by negotiation at an alternative venue where the client already feels comfortable (e.g. school, GP surgery or other health service).

Our specialised and experienced team is dedicated to supporting you throughout your journey to a healthier and happier life.

What we do

At CDAS we offer the following services:

  • Drug and alcohol counselling
  • Family support
  • In-home detox
  • Physical health assessments
  • Connection and support through AOD Lived Experience and LGBTIQ Peer Worker roles
  • Information and education
  • Harm minimisation
  • Health Promotion

Who do we support?

  • Young people aged 10 – 30 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people
  • People who are Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender, Intersex, Queer (10 years and over)
  • Family/friends/significant others

In-home detox and health check assessments/Registered Nurse

CDAS offers clients the support of a Registered Nurse working in conjunction with the client’s GP to facilitate a safe, non-invasive detox/withdrawal from substances in the comfort of the client’s home. Most In-home detox support will run for 5 consecutive days (Mon-Fri) where the client is visited each day by the CDAS Nurse for clinical observation, counselling and support. On completion of the detox, ongoing counselling is available to clients through CDAS to assist in maintaining changes made and preventing the risk of relapse.

Lived Experience/Peer Worker Supports

CDAS has an Alcohol and Other Drug Lived Experience Worker who understands firsthand how difficult it can be to make change, and who is living proof that recovery is possible! A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer (LGBTIQ) Peer Worker is also part of the CDAS team. Funded by the Adelaide Primary Health Network, CDAS provides drug and alcohol counselling to members of the LGBTIQ community aged 10 and over, as well as their family or friends. Clients can choose to engage directly with the LGBTIQ Peer worker, or any of the other CDAS specialist counselling team.

For more information phone (08) 8159 1400 between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday or email referrals direct to CDAS@centacare.org.au
Useful Numbers

Alcohol & Drug Information Service (ADIS) 1300 131 340
7 days a week from 8:30am and 10:00pm, ADIS is a confidential telephone counselling, information and referral service for the general public, concerned family and friends, students and health professionals.

Family Drug Support (FDS) 1300 368 186
24/7, they provide telephone support to families in crisis due to drug and alcohol issues. FDS is staffed by volunteers who have firsthand experience of drug dependent family members.

Lifeline 13 11 14
24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Mental Health Triage Service 13 14 65
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service, which is the main point of access into mental health services, can provide advice and information in a mental health emergency or crisis situation.


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