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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
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.