There are a range of treatment options provided from the Adolescent Community Programs site in Footscray for young people and their families.
If you are aged from 12-21 years and live in, or have a connection with the western suburbs, and have a drug and alcohol related problem, then we have a range of services that are designed to help you and your family. We are flexible in how and where we deliver our services and you can come to us, or we can come to your home, school or workplace and give you support. Or if you feel that you would be safer in a residential setting then we can arrange for you to stay in the community residential withdrawal unit. Sometimes getting away from all the stress of home or school can be helpful. We also help you to work out what you might like to do afterwards so you don't get into the same problems again. We are also able to work with your family so that some of the problems that might be worrying you can be worked through with a counsellor.
If you have a drug or alcohol problem it can be hard to work out what is the best way forward. The counsellors, nurses, doctors and outreach workers can help you decide what treatment options you might like to try. Some young people like to try giving up drugs at home with the support of their family, and the nurses and outreach workers can work with you to do this. Others prefer to go into the withdrawal unit where there are staff every day and every night to help you through the difficult times. Some people have had problems with the law or been through the courts and they have been ordered to do something about their drug or alcohol problem. Everyone's situation is different and we can work with you through all of these scenarios and help you decide what is best for you. Sometimes it can help just to talk to someone and discuss what options are there for you - even if you don't want to do anything right away.
Qualified drug and alcohol counsellors are available to work with you around your drug and alcohol issues. We have male and female counsellors of all ages and backgrounds and we endeavour to match you with a counsellor you can feel comfortable with. They can see you at the clinic, your home, school or other place that is suitable. Some young people chose to involve their families or other significant people in their treatment, while others prefer to see the counsellor by themselves. Some of our counsellors are specialized in working with young people with legal problems who have been sent by the courts or police. Everyone's situation is different and we will work with you at whatever pace you feel is right for you.
Our service understands the complexity of families and the difficulties faced when substance use is a concern. Family counselling and support is offered to family members and significant others, which includes step-parents, siblings, partners and family friends of the substance user. Family counselling can also be provided in situations where the substance user does not want to address their use or attend the service with the family. Family support can also be given to young people who do not use drugs, but have concerns around a family member's substance use.
The Alcohol and Drug Youth Consultant works with some of the State's most vulnerable young people who are currently under DHS Child Protection orders. The role sits within a team who deliver health services to young people in either out of home care or secure welfare residences. The role also offers secondary consultation and education and training for health professionals within the service.
Ask to speak to the Duty WorkerDrug Health ServicesPhone: 8345 6682
Drug and Alcohol Youth ConsultantPhone: 8345 6027