This website supports WRAD’s focus on drug education awareness and support for young people at a time in their lives when temptation and experimentation can lead to regrettable behaviours.
Many young people will choose not to drink or take drugs, but others will be tempted to try different substances or succumb to peer pressure. This site aims to provide relevant links, advice and information that will help young people to navigate their way through this difficult time. It also includes suggestions for parents.
A recent Australian survey revealed that more than half young people aged 15-17 drink alcohol. About 7 per cent of WRAD’s clients are aged 10-19.
Our Youth Programs
Care, Recovery and Coordination
The outreach arm of WRAD addresses clients’ needs in their most private environment: their home. The program offers supported accommodation post-treatment to help people with alcohol and other drug problems that may be a risk of homelessness, to achieve lasting change and assist their reintegration into community living.
A time-limited counselling and information session with an experienced health professional to look at yours or a loved ones use of substances and based in GP clinics.
Currently, the Primary Health Network, in partnership with WRAD, has alcohol & other drug clinician attending two medical clinics in Warrnambool on set days. They deliver a range of strategies including screening, brief advice, referral to specialist support, counselling and motivational interviewing around substance use. These strategies are provided to people with mild to moderate levels of substance use issues that may not usually present or require attending the WRAD service and their needs can be managed within the primary care setting.