Living Free

Thursday 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Talk on substance misuse, alcoholism and other addictions. Information on support groups is given.

The Living Free Crew


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24 September
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About Living Free

In English. 

Thursdays at 1pm: 855KHz on the AM dial, 3CR on your digital radio or streaming on

A show about drug, alcohol, gambling, food and other addictions with new guests each week. It gives voice to recovering food and drug addicts, gamblers, alcoholics and their families and also community groups impacted by addiction.  Lived experience informs the community that there are solutions available to these seemingly intractable situations. Shared stories save Lives.   Information on support groups is also provided.

If you want to leave a message for us call 3CR on 03 9419 8377, send us an email at or see our Facebook page or Twitter feed

If you'd like to support 3CR and keep the Living Free show on air for another year then please donate to 3CR. For more details go to the 3CR website

As at 20 August 2020 we have over 140 Podcasts available to listen to and they have been downloaded over 75,000 times. You can find them at

The 3CR Living Free Show has been going for around 20 years.  Everyone involved with the show volunteers their time and to come into the 3CR studio to share their experience live on radio to influence worthwhile change.

Each week, we highlight one of the 12-step programs that assist recovery from food and drug addiction, gambling and alcohol plus their family members, including: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Family Groups. Our guests share their recovery experience and hope that their story can encourage others who want to change their lives. Recovery stories help others identify their problems and offer a way out.

We also profile the community sector support for alcoholics, addicts and their families. In 2018 we discussed the proposed trial of a medically supervised injecting centre (MSIC) in the North Richmond area that aimed to minimise deaths from heroin overdoses in the local streets.

We have a weekly cycle that repeats each month, except for special 3CR events:

Week 1 - Al-Anon Family Groups.  If you think that Al-Anon could help you cope with someone else’s problem drinking then you can phone 1300 252 666 or go to their website

Week 2 - Gamblers AnonymousIf you’re having trouble with gambling and think that GA could help you then phone 03 9696 6108 or see their website 

Week 3 - Alcoholics Anonymous. If you’re having trouble with alcohol and think that AA could help you then phone 1300 222 222 or see their website

Week 4 - Food Addicts in Recovery AnonymousIf you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 1800 717 446, email them at or see their website

Week 5 - Various. Previously we have included Overeaters Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous  (refer below for more details).

Additional support and resources:

Nar-Anon Family Groups are self-help support groups for families and friends of compulsive drug users. You can contact them on 02 8004 1214 or through their website

Narcotics Anonymous. If you have a problem with drugs of any kind, you can call the NA helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at

Overeaters Anonymous. If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then OA could help you. Email them at or see their website

Adult Children of Alcoholics. If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your parent's drinking then ACoA could help you. Email them at or see their website

FearLessIf you, or someone you love, is suffering the consequences of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) then FearLess could help you understand it better. Email them at or visit their website