1. Drugs and Alcohol

    Drugs and Alcohol

    Use of drugs and alcohol by people of all ages is a long standing community issue. Since 1985 the keystone of the National Drug Strategy has been harm minimisation: potential harms are reduced by strategies ranging from total abstinence to reducing the risks for people or populations who continue to use.

    All drugs are potentially harmful, whether they are legal (alcohol, tobacco, Panadol) or illegal (heroin, cannabis, speed). The risk is determined by three key factors and each influences the others. 

    •    - The Person: their reason for use, their current mood, their health, their expectations, their gender and body mass.
    •    - The Substance: how it is obtained, whether it is smoked, injected or swallowed, the type of drug (stimulant, depressant), the quality and how much is used.
    •    - The Environment: where the person is, what’s going on, who else is present.

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    Services/programs

      Drugs and Alcohol

    • CatholicCare Refugee and Settlement program

      Provides social and life skills for newly arrived young people and their families, case...

      Eligibility: Young people 18 years to 25 years.
      Younger people with parental consent for counselling...

      Contact: 03 8710 9600

      Referral by: - Ring 03 9793 2200 to make an appointment for...

    • DirectLine

      Provides confidential alcohol and drug counselling and referral in Victoria. For people of all...

      Eligibility: For people of all ages and backgrounds seeking support through confidential telephone...

      Contact: 1800 888 236

      Referral by: - No referral required.

    • Engaging Families

      Engaging Families provides outreach and counselling support for families with children under the...

      Eligibility: Experiencing Family Violence with AOD concerns and/ or Mental Health concerns
      Living...

      Contact: 9705 3200

      Referral by: - Anyone: Agencies and Self referrals

    • headspace Dandenong

      headspace Dandenong provides young people and their families with access to youth friendly...

      Eligibility: Our services are available to young people aged 12-25 and their carers.

      Contact: 1800 367 968

      Referral by: - There are a number of ways young people can access...

    • Windana Youth Community House (WYCH)

      Provides a safe, supportive drug and alcohol residential withdrawal environment for young people...

      Eligibility: Young people aged between 12 and 22.

      Contact: 03 9767 6777

      Referral by: - Service providers; general...

    • Young Carers Program

      Provides support and information for young carers who look after someone who has a long term...

      Eligibility: Young people aged up to 18 years who live in the Southern region.

      Contact: 1800 052 222

      Referral by: Service providers, schools, families, self-referral

    • YSAS

      Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) is a leading youth health not-for-profit agency that...

      Eligibility: Young people 12 - 21 years old with substance misuse issues.

      Contact: 03 9701 3488 Dandenong, 03 9770...