Treatment and Intervention Guides

Family Work Guidelines

Eastern Drug and Alcohol Services (EDAS) (2010). The family focus toolkit: A resource kit for family work in the Alcohol and Other Drug Sector.

The Toolkit for AOD Family Work is a collection of selected resources including screening tools, questionnaires, worksheets, and utility practice tools gathered from the sector, research and professional bodies.  Each tool was chosen by the Family Focus Project Team for its relevance to both clinicians and clients of the EDAS Family Service.

The Toolkit is useful for:

  • AOD Family Workers as an extra resource in the family therapy toolbox
  • AOD Clinicians to support family inclusive practices.

The Toolkit is divided into five areas:

  • Family work framework and assessment
  • Families where there is problematic parental substance use
  • Coping Assessment
  • Concurrent Disorders
  • Family Violence

AOD Tools for Screening, Assessment & Outcome Measures

Deady, M. (2009). A Review of Screening, Assessment and Outcome Measures for Drug and Alcohol Settings. NSW: NADA.

Withdrawal Guidelines

Kenny, P., Swan, A., Berends, L., Jenner, L., Hunter, B., & Mugavin, L. (2009) Alcohol and Other Drug Withdrawal Practice Guidelines. Melbourne: Turning Point.


Quick Reference

Haber, P., Lintzeris, N., Proude, E. & Lopatko, O. (2009). Quick reference guide to the treatment of alcohol problems. Companion document to the Guidelines for the treatment of alcohol problems. Canberra: Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. Available here 


Haber, P., Lintzeris, N., Proude, E. & Lopatko, O. (2009). Guidelines for the treatment of alcohol problems. Canberra: Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. [232 pages].
Note: pp.128 – 134 specifically addresses guidelines for Indigenous Australians and summarises factors specific to Indigenous populations; current treatment approaches and treatment accessibility; brief intervention; assessing an Indigenous patient; preventing relapse; reducing harm; and preventing and reducing alcohol problems  for Indigenous communities.


Lubman, J & Baker A. (2010). Cannabis and mental health: Management in primary care. Australian Family Physician, 39 (8), pp. 664-667. Available here 

This short article reviews current evidence relating to the neuropharmacology of cannabis and its impact on mental health, as well as strategies related to the assessment  and management of cannabis and co-occurring mental  disorders within the primary care setting.

9 session counselling intervention from the United States, Steinberg, K.L., Roffman, R.A., Carroll, K.M., McRee, B., Babor, T.F., Miller, M., Kadden, R., Duresky, D. & Stephens, R. (2005). Brief Counseling for Marijuana Dependence: A Manual for Treating Adults. Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Available online here 

This U.S. manual outlines a 9 session counselling program for cannabis dependence. Designed as a stand-alone program for Masters-level professionals, it provides detailed steps and information about assessment, enhancing motivation, and skills building (coping with cravings, refusal skills, relapse prevention and management, problem solving etc.).