How Do You Stay Away from Drugs?

Drug addiction is more common than many of us may think. Sometimes there are people around us in our everyday lives that we would never know are struggling with substance addiction, given their ability to still function in social or communal settings. According to the 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS), approximately 43% of Australians over the age of 14 have abused a drug at some point in their life, with the most common being cannabis and cocaine. 

Whether you’re currently battling drug addiction, in recovery from a previous addiction, or feel yourself developing a habit and looking for ways to stay away from certain harmful substances, there are several helpful tips that you can follow to keep yourself on track and away from drugs. A lot of it has to do with lifestyle changes, such as surrounding yourself with different people and keeping away from temptation.

In this article, the specialists at Hills & Ranges Private offer some tips for staying drug-free.

Tips for Staying Drug-Free 

Social Tips for Staying Drug-Free

  • Cut out toxic relationships and friendships that bring stress and negativity into your life
  • Cut ties with anyone who may influence you to use substances, or anyone who uses drugs themselves
  • Create new, healthy friendships with people who are drug-free and will encourage you to stay sober
  • Avoid places and situations that normally present an opportunity for drug us

Lifestyle Tips for Staying Drug-Free

  • Find new hobbies to keep yourself occupied and away from temptation
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day to maintain a healthy mind and body
  • Get outdoors often and spend time with nature
  • Learn new things – take a class or teach yourself something that you’ve always wanted to lear

Support Tips for Staying Drug-Free

  • Research the dangers of drugs and the effects they can have on your brain, your body, your relationships and your children. Children who grow up witnessing their parents abusing substances have a higher chance of using drugs later in life
  • Take care of your mental health as much as your physical health. Going to therapy is a great way to ensure you’re taking care of your mental health
  • Write in a journal – avoid keeping any feelings bottled up as this can often result in turning to drugs to blow off steam or “forget” problems. Track any time you were offered and refused temptation and how you were able to do so for review later
  • Join a group for those who are also working on staying drug-free
  • Talk to friends and family about your decision of staying drug-free and how they can help you. Those people can help hold you accountable and provide tips, as well as be a good place to turn to when you’re having tempting thoughts 
  • If you aren’t able to keep away from drugs on your own, you can always check into a drug rehab or treatment facility where you’re surrounded by professionals that will work with you to ensure you learn the tips you need for staying sober after you leave

These are only a few of the tips on how to keep yourself away from drugs. Naturally, everyone will have a different journey and find certain methods more effective than others in how you can stay away from drugs. Of course, the most important thing to remember for those new to substance use is that drug addiction is a preventable disease, and can be avoided by staying drug-free in the first place. 

The Dangers of Drug Addiction 

If you do find yourself in the face of addiction, or heading down that path, you must be aware of how addiction affects your mind, body and life. Drug use can trigger the brain to release extra dopamine – the chemical in your brain that makes you feel happy, excited or more care-free – and your brain is trained to crave those feel-good experiences again and again with repeated drug use. Over time, you build up a tolerance to that amount of dopamine, and therefore you crave more drugs to feel that rush in a vicious cycle.

Continued drug abuse can affect other parts of your brain. Over time, you will damage your memory, ability to learn or make sound judgements, not to mention the range of social implications & physiological damages it can cause to the rest of your body. As you seep into this reliance on certain substances, getting drug-free becomes more difficult, leaving more importance on the tips mentioned above.

Getting Clean & Staying Drug-free

The earlier intervention occurs with these tips for staying drug-free, the better the chances for long-term success. As such, be aware of the signs and symptoms of drug addiction and seek help immediately if you suspect you or someone you know is an addict.

Here’s how you can tell if someone may be dealing with substance addiction: 

  • Have the overwhelming urge to use drugs daily
  • Need more and more to feel the effects of the drugs
  • Start stealing, lying or resorting to criminal ways to obtain more drugs
  • Feel irritable, antsy or sick when you are unable to get drugs, or are attempting to be drug-free
  • Stop caring about your appearance, job, relationships and home life
  • Go without basic needs (such as meals, or stop paying bills) to afford more drugs

When one or more of these symptoms present themselves, that’s how you know it’s time to begin working on tailored strategies for how do you stay away from drugs in the long term. Seek help from friends, family and professionals, and begin practicing the tips above. One of the most effective ways to rid yourself of drug addiction is by checking yourself into a drug rehab facility, where you can detox and recover under the supervision of professionals away from familiar surroundings & habits. Hills & Ranges Private offers a renowned drug rehabilitation program that can help you learn these tips on how to stay away from drugs after you leave to get your life on track. To learn more, contact us today and discuss your situation with our friendly staff.

Privacy Policy

Updated August 2021

This Privacy Policy describes the personal information that may be collected by Handley AOD Rehab Pty Ltd trading as Hills and Ranges Private (‘HARP’, ‘We’ or ‘Us’), the choices you (which includes your business/company and employees) can make about your personal information and how we protect your information.

We respect your privacy and have developed this policy to demonstrate our commitment to protecting your privacy.

To meet your expectations about privacy, HARP complies with the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (‘Privacy Act’).  A copy of the Australian Privacy Principles may be obtained from the website of the Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner at

Acknowledgement of our Privacy Policy

By using this website and/or our services, you acknowledge that you have read and understood our Privacy Policy. Please note that this policy does not extend your rights or HARP’s obligations beyond those defined in the Privacy Act.

Should there be any inconsistency between this policy and the Privacy Act, this policy shall be interpreted to give effect to and comply with the Privacy Act.

This policy includes examples but is not intended to be restricted in its application to such examples. Where the word ‘including’ is used, it shall mean ‘including without limitation’.

What Personal Information do we Collect?

At all times we try to only collect the information we need for the particular function or activity we are carrying out.

The main way we collect personal information about you is when you give it to us, for example, we collect personal information including your name, address and telephone number.

We may also collect other identifying information, copies of your identity documents and images.

Whose Personal Information do we Collect?

We may collect personal information about you:

  • When you contact us, for example, by sending us an email or completing our online feedback form;
  • When we contact you;
  • When you use our website. Our website also uses cookies – to find out more about the use of cookies and how you can manage them, please read our cookie policy;
  • When you engage with us on social media;
  • If we supply our services to you;
  • If you supply goods and services to us.

Sensitive Information

We only collect sensitive information (including health information) where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly relates to, us providing our services to you. We will only collect sensitive information with your consent or where required by law.

You understand and agree that providing sensitive information (including health information) is necessary to ensure our services are suitable for you and to tailor those services to you.

Where relevant, we may collect your:

  • Health information including information or an opinion about your health, illness, disability or individual;
  • Sensitive information (including health information) as part of a consultation, assessment or complaint.

How we use your Personal Information

We may use the personal information that we collect about you for such purposes including to:

  • Deliver the services that you have requested;
  • Manage your account with us;
  • Provide you with customer support;
  • Perform research and analysis about your purchase of, or interest in our products;
  • Communicate with you by email about our products;
  • Enforce our terms and conditions;
  • Manage our financial information and payment processing; and/or
  • Operate our business.

From time to time, we may use your personal information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our Privacy Policy.  If our information practices change, we will use your personal information for these new purposes only, and data collected from the time of the policy change forward will adhere to our updated practices.

Sharing of your Personal Information

We do not share your personal information, except as required to manage our business, deliver our services to you, or to comply with legal requirements, including:

  • To maintain our website and analytics;
  • To respond to and send electronic mail;
  • To prevent crime and comply with laws;
  • To other professional services, such as those services we refer to you or which form part of the program we offer.

Whenever we share your personal information, we take steps to ensure that these organisations and individuals are bound by confidentiality and privacy obligations in relation to the protection of your personal information.

We may share aggregated and non-personal information we collect about you with other organisations or individuals as part of our normal business operations, including advisors, suppliers and investors.  In these instances, all personally identifiable information is removed from our data.

How we Protect your Personal Information

We take appropriate security measures (including physical, electronic and procedural measures) to help safeguard your personal information from unauthorised access and disclosure.  For example, your personal information will be stored in a secure premises with physical access restrictions, secure databases, password protection and anti-virus software.  However, no system can be completely secure. While we take all reasonable steps to secure your personal information, we do not promise that your personal information or communication with us will always remain secure.  If there is a notifiable data breach, we will take all reasonable steps to notify you if your personal information is involved in an eligible data breach that is likely to result in serious harm.

We encourage you to take care with how you handle and disclose personal information and avoid sending personal information through unsecure email.

How you can Access your Personal Information

You have the right to request access to personal information that we hold about you, and that we correct that personal information.  You can ask for access or correction by contacting us and we must respond within a reasonable period following your request.  If you ask, we must give you access to your personal information, and take reasonable steps to correct it if we consider it is incorrect, unless there is a law that allows or requires us not to.

We will ask you to verify your identity before we give you access to your information or correct it, and we will try to make the process as simple as possible.  If we refuse to give you access to, or correct, your personal information, we must notify you in writing setting out the reasons.

We reserve the right to charge a fee for searching for, and providing access to, your information on a per request basis.

How to make a Complaint

If you wish to complain to us about how we have handled your personal information, you should complain in writing.  We will confirm receipt of your complaint and then deal with your complaint through our complaints handling procedure. Our response will be provided within a reasonable period of time and determine what action (if any) we should take to resolve the complaint.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We will occasionally update this Privacy Policy to reflect changes in our practices, products and services. We reserve the right to make amendments to this Privacy Policy at any time.  When we make changes to this policy, we will revise the “Updated” date at the top of this Privacy Policy, which is also available on our website (

If you have objections to our Privacy Policy, you should not access or use our website or services.

Contacting Us

We welcome your questions and comments regarding our Privacy Policy.  If you would like any further information about our Privacy Policy, please contact us by any of the following means:

Call: 1800 954 749

(during business hours, Monday to Friday)


Post: Level 9/307 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Cookie Policy

A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier, which is sent to your browser from a website’s computers and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies can be used to provide you with a tailored user experience and to make it easier for you to use a website upon a future visit. We may include cookies and other similar technologies on our website and may use them to recognise you when you return to our website.

The information generated by cookies when you visit our website is also collected and stored by Google on its servers in the United States. We use the information collected by Google (Google Analytics) about your visits to our website for the purpose of maintaining and improving our website and enhancing your browsing experience.

You may set your browser so that it does not accept cookies or use Google Analytics.

Website Information

For each visitor to reach our website, we expressively collect the following non-personally identifiable information, including browser type, version and language, operating system, pages viewed while browsing our website, page access times and referring website address.  This collected information is used solely internally for the purpose of gauging visitor traffic, trends and delivering personalised content to you while you access our website.

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