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What is Holyoake?

Holyoake is a unique service offering professional help including group education, therapy and support programs for families impacted by alcoholism, drug use, problem gambling and other types of addictions. Research indicates that a family’s strategic response to these problems can promote positive change for the user and reduce the stress and anxiety experienced by family members. Last year more than 50% of Holyoake clients reported that their using family member had either stopped using, reduced their use or sought help on completion of the 12 week group program.  

Who does Holyoake support?

Holyoake supports family members of people with drinking problems, drug addictions, gambling issues and other forms of substance dependencies. Holyoake recognises the impact alcohol, drugs, gambling and mental health problems can have on individual family members and families as a whole. Holyoake offers a range of programs for parents, partners, siblings, children and anyone who has grown up in a family affected by these issues.

  • The FOCUS Program is for partners and other adult family members of people with alcohol/ drug or gambling problems, past or present.  
  • The PAUSE Program provides support to parents of adolescents and young adults with alcohol/drug problems and possible mental health concerns. The program covers communication, boundaries, drug education and strategies to promote change. 
  • Kaleidoscope Programs provide support and coping skills to kids and young people aged 5 to 17 years who are affected by a parent’s or sibling’s gambling, alcohol, drug and/or mental health problems.
  • Pathways Programs provide assistance to Sydney teenagers and adults in the Hunter region with substance abuse problems like alcoholism and drug addiction to control or stop their use.

Holyoake also offers assessment, referral and additional individual counselling services. Staff regularly conduct community and interagency education sessions with schools, local government, health and community services.

To find out more about Holyoake programs download the Holyoake Programs Factsheet.

Contact Holyoake

2C West Street (Cnr Thomas Street) Lewisham 2049
Phone: (02) 9509 1111 OR (02) 9509 1255

Hunter Region (operated by Mercy Community Services)
32 Union Street Tighes Hill 2297
Phone: (02) 4961 2686