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Family Drug Support USA

Families for Sensible Drug Policy & Family Drug Support

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM (EST)

Family Drug Support USA

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Registration (includes workbook, FDS membership and FDS "Guide to Coping" manual) Jan 13, 2019 $40.00 $4.06
Registration (includes workbook, FDS membership, FDS "Guide to Coping" manual, and 12-month subscription to the Families for Sensible Drug Policy newsletter)
A donation of $15 will help support our families and grant you access to our Families for Sensible Drug Policy newsletter, the place where you can stay informed about the latest news and events going on in your harm reduction community! (Coming January 2019).
Jan 13, 2019 $55.00 $4.98

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Families for Sensible Drug Policy (FSDP) and The Center for Optimal Living are excited to partner with Tony Trimingham, founder of Family Drug Support (FDS) of Australia to bring a new paradigm in family drug support to America!

Successfully established by FDS in Australia since 1999, Family Drug Support USA will bring an innovative non-judgmental, peer-led model of family support that encourages self-empowerment by recognizing each family as unique.

A limited number of scholarship are available. Contact Barry Lessin, 267-664-6845 |

Breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided for the three days.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 |  5pm-9pm
5-5:30pm - Registration & Networking
5:30-8:30pm Support The Family Improve The Outcome: An introduction to the Family Drug Support model providing an in-depth overview including harm reduction tools and coping strategies.
8:30-9pm - Networking

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JANUARY 12-13 | 9am-6pm
9-9:30am - Breakfast & Networking
9:30-5:30pm - Family Drug Support Training: An opportunity to work directly with Tony in an experiential workshop learning specific skills using harm reduction principles and the psychological approach of motivational interviewing to deliver support to those in need.  (Lunch 1-2pm plus 15 minute breaks)
5:30-6pm - Networking

At the end of the workshop some participants will be invited to serve as Families for Sensible Drug Policy Family Drug Support USA group facilitators.

Tony Trimingham's life changed forever in 1996 when he discovered that his 21 year old son, Damien was dependent on heroin and even more when he died of an overdose 12 months later. After writing a letter to the Sydney Morning Herald about the death of Damien and the drug scene in Australia he found himself on a journey he never expected. Tony founded Family Drug Support in 1997, a well-respected organization and established National service for families of drug and alcohol users.  Tony’s work has been recognized by numerous honors and awards including (but not exhaustive): In 1998, he was appointed a founding member of the Australian National Council on Drugs by John Howard. In 1999 he was awarded by the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia an Australia Day Medallion for outstanding achievement. In 2005, He was honored with a Medal of the Order of Australia award, and received the Australian Humanitarian award.



The workshops are for:

  • People with family members in active substance use.
  • Mental health professionals and advocates who work with families in active drug use.
  • People with an understanding of harm reduction and zero tolerance approaches and embrace harm reduction approaches. 
  • People who can commit to at least the two days of the Family Drug Support workshop (Saturday/Sunday) and be punctual.

The workshops are not for:

  • People with biases or strong supporters of “tough love” or zero tolerance policies
  • People with biases or opinions about people who use substances that may interfere with their ability to provide unconditional support.
  • People with strong moral or religious views that would contribute to a directive approach vs. the non-directive approach that the model supports

If you have any additional questions about the training, please contact Barry Lessin, 267-664-6845 or email


Tony, Barry, Carol



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Have questions about Family Drug Support USA? Contact Families for Sensible Drug Policy & Family Drug Support

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Center For Optimal Living
370 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM (EST)

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Families for Sensible Drug Policy & Family Drug Support

Families for Sensible Drug Policy (FSDP) is a global coalition of families, professionals, and organizations representing the voice of the family impacted by substance use and the harms of existing drug policies. We empower families by educating and advocating for a new paradigm of comprehensive care and progressive solutions for family support based on science, compassion, public health and human rights.

We are committed to regaining control of our families’ health by collaborating with our stakeholders to advance comprehensive public health approaches, best healthcare practices, reality-based education and family-friendly drug policy reform.

Family Drug Support, based in Australia and founded by Tony Trimingham, provides up to date information on all aspects of alcohol and drug use relative to the families of alcohol and other drug users.

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