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Circles of Support

Circles of Support is a free support program for the family & friends of people who have an alcohol or drug problem.

Read on to find out what’s in the program and how you can register your interest for future programs.
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For additional information:

Please contact us by phone on 0438 022 032 (Noelene) or email at contact@livedexperiencent.net

To register to attend a future program complete our online form, or contact us directly.

About the program

Circles of Support is an evidence-based peer education and support program developed by the NT Lived Experience Network.  

The program has been created by local people for local people.  Specifically, those who have a loved one with an alcohol or drug problem and/or mental health problem.

Circles of Support provides a safe and confidential space for family members or friends to access both support and information.

During 2022, a limited number of Circles of Support programs were delivered in Darwin and Palmerston as part of a trial funded by the Alcohol and Other Drug Foundation and evaluated by Flinders University.  

What’s in the program

Circles of Support provides a supportive environment for family and friends to learn about:

  • Mental health, alcohol and drug related misuse and co-occurring issues;
  • Recovery and ways to support recovery;
  • Identifying & responding to a crisis;
  • Ways to support own wellbeing and practice self-care;
  • Managing overwhelming emotions and responses;
  • Setting boundaries on relationships;
  • Effectively communicating your needs and rights;
  • Responding to stigma and discrimination;
  • Navigating the mental health and alcohol and other drug service system;  

Circles of Support is free to attend. Programs include plenty of break times and light refreshments will be provided. All necessary materials/resources are also provided.

Download the Circles of Support Information Flyer.

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