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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Living Free

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

Remember - shared stories save lives and that together we can reach those who are still suffering through public information avenues like 3CR Living Free. Our dedicated team of volunteers is keeping the channel open and our volunteer guest speakers are sharing their recovery stories.

Our annual show in support of 3CR's 2023 Radiothon is coming up on 15th June 2023 and you can help keep us broadcasting live on 3CR by donating to our crowdraiser:

As at 19th May 2023 we have 285 Podcasts available to listen to for free and they have been downloaded over 200,000 times. You can find them at or on your favourite podcast platform.

The 3CR Living Free Show has been going for around 25 years.  Our current co-hosts, Ann, Bill and Mitch and our guests volunteer 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 programs that assist recovery from food and drug addiction, gambling and alcohol plus their family members, including: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon Family Groups, Adult Children of Alcoholics and SMART Recovery. 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 problem drinkers, addicts and their families. We have also discussed the medically supervised injecting centre (MSIC) in the North Richmond area that aims 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 - SMART Recovery Australia - Evidence-led addiction support caters for all forms of addiction and also supports Family & Friends of someone struggling with addiction. See their website for more details: or call them on (02) 9373 5100.

Week 5 - Various. We also include Overeaters Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Underearners Anonymous  and Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous at various times (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

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

Underearners Anonymous. To find out more about Underearners Anonymous then checkout 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