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
This key service is free and confidential for anyone with an alcohol and/or drug-related problem. WRAD endeavours to provide information, strategies and support to enable each drug-affected person to manage their life better and to attain their personal goals for positive change
The service targets young people aged between 12 and 21 who are experiencing problematic drug use and wish to address their drug problem outside a hospital setting. This may be the family home or any other stable place of residence. A comprehensive, tailored treatment plan is developed with the young person to assist and encourage him/her to achieve his/her goals.
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 or other drug problems that may be at risk of homelessness, to achieve lasting change and assist their reintegration into community living.
The Assertive Youth Outreach Project focuses on young people aged 12-25. WRAD will provide youth outreach clinics at Brauer and Warrnambool colleges. WRAD will continue to build capacity to increase the youth-friendliness of our services.