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.

Use the service finder to see where day programs are located or talk to YoDAA for more info and advice.