It's important you take care of yourself and watch for signs and symptoms around withdrawal. Our AOD team shares some tips to keep you safe: https://bit.ly/WithdrawalSigns
If you are facing an emergency, call 000 immediately.
We understand people can turn to alcohol, illegal and prescription drugs to cope with the stresses and pressures of life. Asking for help is the important first step and our services are there to support you and those around you.
To book our alcohol and drug counsellors contact the Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) consumer intake assessment line on 5445 1600 from 9am to 5pm each Monday to Friday and ask to be sent to Bendigo Community Health Services. No referral is needed and your confidentiality is respected.
Address: 165-171 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo
Phone: 03 5406 1200
Hours: 8.45am to 5pm
Address: 3 Seymoure Street, Eaglehawk
Phone: 03 5406 1200
Hours: 8.45am to 5pm
Address: 13 Helm Street, Kangaroo Flat
Phone: 03 5406 1200
Hours: 8.45am to 5pm
headspace Bendigo (12 to 25 years)
Address: 78-80 Pall Mall, Bendigo
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Phone: 03 5434 5345
What alcohol and other drugs services are available?
We offer residential and home-based withdrawal support programs.
Residential withdrawal support service (Nova House)
Nova House is a five-bed adult residential support facility for people undertaking alcohol and or drug withdrawal. The program is open to individuals 21 years and over who live in Victoria. An assessment process is required to ensure people are suited for Nova House.
Non-residential withdrawal support service (home-based)
You may be eligible for our non-residential withdrawal program.
Our staff will assess you to see if you are suitable for the non-residential withdrawal program.
This program is provided by an experienced alcohol and drug nurse who works with your own doctor (if you do not have your own doctor, we may arrange a suitable qualified person for you).
The program will help you undertake withdrawal from alcohol and or other drugs within an outreach setting such as your home as long as it’s safe and there is someone to support you, a hospital (by arrangement) or as an outpatient visiting our AOD nurse at our Bendigo, Eaglehawk or Kangaroo Flat sites.
Our service delivers alcohol and drug counselling in a one-to-one, group or family format to best suit your needs.
How do I access your alcohol and other drugs services?
You can access our withdrawal programs in two ways.
- You can contact the Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) consumer intake assessment line on 5445 1600 from 9am to 5pm each Monday to Friday and ask to be sent to Bendigo Community Health Services.
- You can be referred by your doctor or other health worker.
How much does it cost?
Our alcohol and other drug services are free.
Do I need a referral to your alcohol and drug services?
If you need help for your alcohol and drug use, please ask your doctor or health worker to call Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) on 5445 1600.
Between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday or visit their website www.acso.org.au
After hours you can call Direct Line on 1800 888 236 or visit www.DirectLine.org.au
If you have an emergency, call 000 immediately.
How do I access your Needle Syringe Program (NSP)?
Our Needle Syringe Program offers confidential access to clean injecting equipment, condoms and dams, health information, education, support and referrals to health and welfare services. The NSP program is available during business hours at our Bendigo Central site at 165-171 Hargreaves Street, Eaglehawk site at 3 Seymoure Street and Kangaroo Flat site at 19 Helm Street. To access the program after business hours call 1800 636 514 from Tuesday to Saturday between 7.30pm and 10.45pm. Find out more about our Needle Syringe Program
Do you offer Naloxone or Nyxoid nasal spray?
Be aware that anyone who uses opiates and opiate-based medication is at risk of overdose.
This includes pharmaceutical opiate medications like Oxycontin and Methadone.
Naloxone and Nyxoid is used in hospitals and by paramedics to ‘reverse’ the effects of an opiate overdose and can mean the difference between life and death.
There are no side effects or risks to using Naloxone or Nyxoid.
If you think there is even the slightest chance that you or someone you care about is at risk of overdose, please contact the mobile drug safety worker at BCHS.
The Naloxone or Nyxoid script and short training session is free.
What should I do if I find a used syringe in a public space?
Please contact the City of Greater Bendigo on 5434 6000 for safe removal.
I want to give up my alcohol or drug habit – what should I do?
Contact us to be assessed for our residential, home-based withdrawal or pharmacotherapy programs. Find out more about our drug withdrawal programs.
Is your life being affected by alcohol or other drugs use?
We know alcohol, illicit or prescription drug addiction can be a harrowing experience. We provide psychological support for individuals, families or partners affected by alcohol and other drug use through our specialised and generalist counselling programs at our Kangaroo Flat, Eaglehawk and Bendigo sites. Youth-specific counselling is also provided by BCHS at headspace Bendigo.
No referral is needed for these free services.
If you feel there are challenges in your life that you are struggling to deal with, it’s important to know you are not alone. Many people feel this way when faced with difficult situations or life pressures. Find out more information and how to book.
Can you support me if a member of my family or friend has a drug issue?
Our Family Drug Support program will help you care for a family member or friend with a drug issue.
We will work with you and other family members to help you feel more empowered to support your loved one or friend.
We will focus on:
- Reducing stigma around substance use.
- Referral pathways to health professionals.
- Counselling sessions with a focus on mediation, conflict resolution and boundary settings.
We can provide brief intervention in single sessions or ongoing counselling.
If you have a loved one, family member or friend struggling with addiction and would benefit from learning how to support them better, please call our Family Drug Support counsellor on (03) 5406 1200. You can learn more about the programs and services we run that provide alcohol and other drugs support at www.bchs.com.au
What is a Pharmacotherapy Service?
The Pharmacotherapy Service is a specialist clinical service that supports clients to access Pharmacotherapy treatment (Buprenorphine and Methadone). The program provides assessment, support, information and co-ordinated care for people requiring alternate pharmacotherapy for the treatment of opiate dependence. This service operates between 9am and 4.30pm from Monday to Friday at our Kangaroo Flat site at 13 Helm Street.
People with opiate addiction from drugs such as heroin, prescribed medications like oxycontin, morphine and codeine can be treated with what we call opiate replacement therapy (ORT) (Buprenorphine and Methadone).
Find out more about our pharmacotherapy service.
I don’t want to stop using alcohol or drugs. What are the dangers to my health?
Drug use can expose users to blood borne viruses and general health issues.
Our Blood Borne Virus and Sexually Transmittable Infection Clinic provides testing, specific information and health advice. Our community health nurses staff the clinic at 3 Seymoure Street in Eaglehawk between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Wednesday and at 165-171 Hargreaves Street in Bendigo from 9am to 5pm weekdays. The clinic is open to males and females of any age. No referral is needed and there is no cost.
Do you provide education on alcohol and other drugs?
Yes, we have qualified staff that can deliver education sessions to your business, school, sporting club or community group. Call us on 5406 1200.
Information for health professionals/welfare agencies and hospitals
No referral is needed for your clients.
Do you provide interpreter services?
Yes, please ask our friendly customer service team when making an appointment.
- DirectLine - www.directline.org.au
- Australian Drug Foundation - www.adf.org.au
- Family Drug Support - www.fds.org.au
Page last updated: September 2019.