Alcohol and Other Drug Services

The Northern NSW Local Health District has a range of services aimed at helping you make positive changes to your alcohol and drug use. These include:

  • individual counselling support to reduce or stop your alcohol and drug use
  • hospital consultation and liaison for those at risk of alcohol or drug withdrawal who enter hospital and require input into their withdrawal management and discharge planning (available at Tweed, Ballina, Lismore, and Grafton hospitals)
  • the Riverlands Inpatient Withdrawal Unit at Lismore Base Hospital – medicated withdrawal from alcohol and drug use
  • the Opioid Treatment Program provides a number of opioid substitution therapies including Methadone, Buprenorphine (Subutex, including depot) and Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) for people who have opioid dependence
  • the MERIT Program (Magistrates Early Referral In to Treatment) case management program for people with local court charges and drug use
  • Drugs In Pregnancy: (DIPs) Women who are pregnant and want assistance in the management of their alcohol and drug use
  • Community Engagement Team: (CET) Community based support service for people whose require additional assistance to engage with Alcohol and Other Drug services
  • Take Home Naloxone (free) – available at most locations.

Adults with alcohol or other drug related problems can access counselling and referral services through our AOD teams based in the following locations:


Ballina: (02) 6620 6187
Byron Shire (02) 6639 9128
Grafton (02) 6641 8709
Lismore and surrounding areas (02) 6620 7600
Maclean (02) 6640 0123
Nimbin (02) 6688 1434
Tweed Valley (07) 5506 7010

After Hours
: For after-hours enquiries, contact your local Doctor or Emergency Department. In an emergency call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.

More information is also available from the Alcohol and Drug Information Service