Understand the most effective tool we have to keep young people who are already using drugs, safe from harm. ...Read More
Scaring a young person into not using drugs
Using scare tactics can be hugely tempting when talking about drugs with a young person you care about. ...Read More
Should I Drug Test a Young Person?
If you suspect that a young person you care about is using drugs it is understandable that you will want to know the truth as soon as possible to help the situation. ...Read More
Drug Tests – How and Why?
Tests that claim to show weather or not a young person has been using drugs are a tempting option for family members concerned about a persons behaviour. But are drug tests everything they are cracked up to be? ...Read More
Ice- tips for supporting a young person
So much information about ice is worrying. Families constantly tell YoDAA that they struggle to understand the nature of the problems their loved one is facing....Read More
Home Based Withdrawal
Home Based Withdrawal (HBW) is where a young person gets linked up with a drug and alcohol outreach worker who is also a registered nurse...Read More
Self-directed Help is where a young person accesses booklets, books, videos, websites, worksheets or even apps to work through or explore substance use issues....Read More
What you’ll be asked when seeking help
Youth Drug and Alcohol services receive referrals from families all the time. Understanding what will happen when you ring a service can make it an easier experience for families and carers. ...Read More
Will I be involved in treatment?
If a young person you care about is getting professional help or support, it is understandable that you would want to be involved or know as much as possible....Read More
Will they grow out of this?
Many young people who try drugs or alcohol don’t go on to experience problems. For the small percentage who do, there are many different pathways into problems with drugs and many pathways young people can take to move on from them....Read More
Identifying signs that drugs might be a problem
Understanding the signs will help you be observant and pay attention to a young person’s welfare. ...Read More
Will services solve the problem?
It would be nice to think that if a young person was getting help from a service then any drug related problems would be solved. But seeing services comes with no guarantee that a young person will stop but they should always be helpful....Read More
The role of family in overcoming drug problems
Sometimes you can feel really helpless when a young person you care about is experiencing drug problems. It would be nice to think that “sending them off” to a treatment program would make things OK yeah? ...Read More
Short-term residential support
Residential Withdrawal units, sometimes called ‘Detox’ or ‘withdrawal units’ are safe, supportive units staffed 24/7 by youth AOD workers where a young person can stay for up to 2 weeks. ...Read More
Outreach support is a treatment option whereby trained Youth AOD Outreach Workers will meet up with a young person 1:1 in their home, where they hang out or any other place they feel comfortable....Read More
No one will tell me anything! Privacy explained
So your loved one has finally agreed to get help for problems with alcohol and other drugs, but when you call their youth worker and ask for information about how they are going, it feels like you are getting the run around. ...Read More
Long-term residential support/ Rehabilitation
Many family members have heard of ‘rehab’ and believe it to be a solution to a young persons drug and alcohol issues. ...Read More
Limits and Consequences
It’s common to feel exasperated trying to set limits and respond when limits are breached (especially around drug use). Here are some ideas that may help you....Read More
Knowing when Alcohol and Drug use is a problem
“He just doesn’t seem to see that he has a problem! I’m beside myself with worry and he just comes home like everything’s normal.”...Read More
Sometimes it can seem as though you are always fighting, arguing or disagreeing with a young person. This can be frustrating for both of you. ...Read More
When you consider how much time young people spend talking to their friends online or on their phones, it is not surprising that some are more comfortable talking to support workers in this way too....Read More
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....Read More
Centre-based support and counselling
Centre-based counselling and support involves meeting with a trained Youth AOD counsellor or other therapist for scheduled appointments to discuss substance use or other issues that are currently impacting them....Read More