Support and Self Help Groups (Directions Health Services)

Provides a range of support and self help groups for people experiencing ATOD issues, their families and friends.

Telephone: (02) 6132 4800
Fax: (02) 6132 4801
Mailing Address: PO Box 538, Woden ACT 2606
Email address:
Location: Level 6, Cosmopolitan Centre, Woden Square, Bowes St, Woden ACT 2606
Parent organisation: Directions Health Services

Access Information

Maximum waiting time for service: 

  • No waiting period

Target Group:

  • Adults
  • Men and women
  • Accepts both ACT and interstate residents
  • Some people under 18 may be able to access some support

Documentation required:

  • No documentation required

When and how to access:
Operating hours: Program and office hours are 9am – 5pm (Monday – Friday) and some groups operate during evenings
Ways to access: Drop-in, no appointment required
Disability access: Accessible toilets, doorways and parking
Referrals accepted from: No referrals are required
Other access requirements: Check website for updated information on groups


  • Some groups require an assessment


Program type: Support groups

Model: Cognitive behavioural therapy, 12 Step, Education and Information

Duration and intensity: Weekly and fortnightly, usually 90 minute groups

Not able to consume alcohol or other drugs while in program: No alcohol or other drugs to be consumed on premises

Additional program description: Provides a range of support and self help groups for people experiencing ATOD issues, their families and friends. Access the website for current information and timetable.

Smart Recovery®: A facilitated self help group which focuses on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The four main principles are: motivation to abstain, coping with urges, lifestyle balance and problem solving. Attendees are encouraged to share what strategies they put in place and what works and doesn’t work for them.

Compass Family Support: A facilitated group that provides the opportunity to speak about ATOD issues affecting a loved one. The group focuses on self care and setting boundaries when supporting someone.

Mindfulness Self-Compassion: A five week course where you will learn to treat yourself and others more kindly, reduce anxiety and depression, change your critical self-talk, cultivate self-acceptance and develop emotional strength.

Adapt: Pre-Contemplative Group: A three session program aimed at providing education around the impact of AOD use and strategies to change. Topics include: harm minimisation, types of drugs, effects of drugs and impacts of drugs. Followed up with a one on one counselling session.

External Groups operated at Directions:


Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Mental Health

  • Relationships with Mental Health ACT
  • Staff have mental health training

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

  • Staff undertake Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training

Tobacco Management

  • Smokefree
  • Provide tobacco brief interventions
  • Service has a workplace tobacco management policy


No cost

Staff available

  • ATOD Worker (Clinical and Non-clinical)

Help for Families & Carers

  • Information and education offered to families and carers
  • Family support groups (i.e. Compass Family Support group)

Alexander Maconochie Centre

  • Groups (i.e. Smart Recovery and Harm Minimisation)

Other Information

  • Preparation of reports for Care and Protection
  • Preparation of reports for Courts

Last Update on September 2016