Points of Interest in Lower Manhattan

Healthy Options Australia (HOA) – Drug ARM Ipswich


269 Brisbane Street, Ipswich QLD, Australia

Intake number

07 3620 8880

Intake email




Intake opening hours

Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

About Drug ARM – Ipswich

Drug ARM Australasia is a for-purpose organisation committed to reducing the harms of alcohol and other drug use. At their core is a passion to reduce the damaging effects of alcohol and other drugs on physical, mental and spiritual health.

Their community has a vision to see flourishing people and communities where anyone who is affected or at risk of being affected by alcohol and drugs has someone there to support them. They are standing up for the rights of people to live happy and healthy lives.

Drug ARM provides compassion and specialist care throughout Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia through a range of programs and services that include education, outreach, prevention and treatment. The ‘ARM’ in Drug ARM is an acronym that stands for Awareness, Rehabilitation and Management.


Breakthrough for Families Qld: an ongoing series of free public information sessions for family members of people
who are using alcohol or other drugs. The sessions provide families with accurate information, equip them with the skills and knowledge to navigate the treatment system and address barriers to seeking help. (Contact Central Intake for dates)

Community and Family Support Services (CAFSS): offers clients support, assessment, interventions and referrals. Assessment is conducted by two volunteers in a confidential and non-judgmental manner to identify and negotiate what assistance is required and can be provided by CAFSS. Counselling support is provided to and discussed with clients while they decide what options are best for them. There is also ongoing support for the individual and/or their families. Treatment episodes usually consist of 12 weekly one-hour
sessions for individuals and 4 weekly one-hour sessions for significant others.

Creating Options Program: Intensive clinical support for people 18 years and over who require ongoing treatment to overcome, or manage harms associated with alcohol and other drugs. The program provides assessment, case management, case formulation, counselling, detox support, psycho-education, social skills training, relapse prevention, and referral strategies. Treatment episodes usually consist of 12 weekly one-hour sessions for individual.

Partners in Recovery (PIR): aims to address the gaps in service delivery for individuals with severe and persistent mental
illness. Drug ARM’s role is to coordinate services for clients by assessing individual needs, developing action plans and building pathways and networks of services and supports.

SMART Recovery: a peer support group facilitated by a Drug ARM clinician for people who are looking to change problematic behaviours such as gambling, drug use, shopping, food, internet and others. The meetings are weekly and run for 90 minutes. The focus of the meetings are on the behaviours and not the substance itself, with goal setting and a concentration on present and future (not the past). It runs every Monday, 5pm to 6.30pm or every second Friday 12.3om to 2pm at Floresco Centre. 

Significant Others (Loved Ones) Support Group: an ongoing open facilitated group for the loved ones of individuals who are using alcohol and other drugs in a harmful way. The support group provides opportunities for participants to talk and listen to the experiences of other significant others in similar situations in a judgment free environment. It runs every second Friday, 2.30pm to 4pm.

Wise Choices Support Group: a free 10 psycho-educational sessions. It runs every Fridays, 10am to 12pm.

For more program information, please click here to download the brochure.

Intake, assessment and referral

All appointments, assessment and intake is conducted through the Central Intake Service. Clients need to self-refer by calling the Central Intake Service by calling 07 3620 8880.

No referral needed for information sessions. Walk ins welcome.

Referrals to PIR are managed  by the West Moreton Oxley PIR consortia led by Aftercare. Contact 1800 PIR4ME (1800 747 463) or make a referral online via wmopir4me.aftercare.com.au

Hospital and Health Service Region

West Moreton

Primary Health Network region

Darling Downs and West Moreton

Age range eligibility

12 – 17 years, 18 – 25 years, 25+ years

Treatment type

Psychosocial intervention (e.g. counselling)

Smoking permitted


Phones permitted


Family / children access