Are there Aboriginal specific drug and alcohol services?
Yes. There are health services and drug and alcohol services especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. These services take into account cultural obligations and ways of treatment and support which can be different to mainstream services. There are even two residential healing services in Victoria especially for Aboriginal young people. Of course, you can also go to general drug and alcohol services. Check out more about these services.
Can I still get help if I don't want to quit?
Yep, not every young person wants to quit, some young people just want a bit of a break from drugs, or to learn ways of making their drug use safer. Workers won't force anything on you but they will help you work out what you want.
What will I get asked if I see a worker?
Different services and workers might have slightly different ways of getting to you know you but generally they will ask you questions to understand you and find out what you need. Some places, like healing services where you go and stay might need quite a lot of info such as what you've been using, where you live, stuff about your family, your mental and emotional wellbeing, physical health and some other areas. Everything you discussed if highly confidential, so don't feel shame about seeking support, you have every right to ask for help from services.
Is my information private?
Yes, services have to keep your information private unless they think that you or someone else might get hurt or be harmed if they don't share something. You might also choose to let workers share information with others. Let them know if you have family or friends working in the service you wish to access so they can set up safety barriers for you, in case family or friends that work there see you accessing the service they might ask about you due to being concerned for your health and wellbeing.
Will a service help me stop using drugs or drinking?
Seeing a service or worker isn't a guarantee you will get your drug use under control. Workers and services can be really helpful but there are also so many other things that help people get on track. Support from family and community, good friends, activities like sport's to keep occupied, somewhere safe to live and stable emotional health, going back to country (or your place of feeling connected to land/home/country) and going fishing/camping/hunting all help a young person who is trying to manage.
Check out more info about what help is out there here.