Living Free

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


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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 substance misuse, alcoholism and other addictions with new guests each week and gives voice to recovering alcoholics, gamblers, drug addicts and their families and also community groups impacted by drug addiction.  Lived experience informs the community that there are solutions available to intractable situations. Shared stories save Lives.   Information on support groups is given. 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

Our RADIOTHON show was on 14 June 2018 and here is a link to support 3CR:

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 discuss substance abuse, alcoholism and other addictions with members of one of the 12-step programs: Alcoholics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon Family Groups. Members share their experience and hope that their recovery 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. Recently we have been discussing the proposed trial of a 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 - Narcotics Anonymous. If you have a problem with drugs of any kind, you can call the NA helpline on 03 9525 2833 or go online at

Week 5 - Various. Currently we have included Overeaters Anonymous, Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous and Residents for Victoria Street Drug Solutions (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

Food Addicts in Recovery AnonymousIf you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of our relationship to food and eating and think that FA could help you then phone 03 8594 2282 or see their website

Overeaters Anonymous. If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then OA could help you. Checkout their website:

Residents for Victoria Street Drug Solution are a group of residents from the City of Yarra who are directly and personally affected by the high levels of public drug taking and illicit drug dealing within the Victoria Street North Richmond / Abbotsford precinct. They support the trial of a fixed position Medically Supervised Injection Centre (MSIC) to address... 

  • the high levels of public drug taking
  • the unacceptable rates of overdoses and fatalities; and
  • the associated drug dealing, crime and risk to public health and safety.