When you or a young person you care about has problematic drug and/or alcohol use, it can be very distressing and confusing to know what to do. Understanding where to go and how to get help is the first step towards making the change that may be needed.
The Youth Drug and Alcohol Clinical Service (YDACS) is a youth specific drug and alcohol service, that works with young people aged 12 – 18 years of age who need help due to their moderate to severe drug and/or alcohol use. When a young person has a “moderate to severe” substance use problem, the drug or alcohol use may be impacting on their mental health (heightened anxiety, depression, psychosis), attendance at school or work, relationships with family and friends, their overall health (weight loss, sexual problems) and finances (in debt). Although using drugs might seem a good way to feel good and manage some difficult emotions, it can be really risky, leading to ongoing physical and mental health issues and for some people, death.
YDACS is a specialist service that is flexible to an individual young person’s needs. It is a voluntary service that offers drug and alcohol assessment, counselling, treatment & case management for young people and their families. We understand that all young people come from diverse backgrounds, genders, sexuality, cultures and have their own unique experiences and stories.