Day programs, sometimes called ‘drop in centres’ are safe places where a young person can go during the day and seek help for substance use.

What are day programs?

Day programs are safe places where a young person can go during the day and seek help for substance use. They are staffed by Drug and Alcohol Workers and can look something like a lounge room with young people hanging out, using the computers, pool tables, making snacks for themselves or playing pool. They can be a safe, non-threatening way for young people who are resistant to seeing a drug and alcohol worker, beginning to access support.

Depending on the Day program, some services that may be offered include:

  • A safe place to spend time
  • If a young person has been using alcohol or other drugs, staff can supervise and monitor them as they recover
  • Primary health care, access to Doctors and Nurses 
  • Personal care facilities such as showers and washing machines
  • Health education 
  • Life skills programming 
  • Opportunities to talk to a youth drug and alcohol worker
  • Opportunities to talk to a counsellor
  • Peer support 
  • Opportunities to be referred to other services (such as detox, housing services, etc.)
  • Vocational support
  • Opportunities to participate in activities and programs
They can be a safe, non-threatening way for young people who are resistant to seeing a drug and alcohol worker

Who are day programs best suited to?

  • Young people who are not attending school and are unemployed
  • Who are socially isolated
  • Young people who are having trouble with housing or are living out of home with very little support.

Contact YoDAA (1800 458 685) if you wish to find a service near you.