Youth, Alcohol, Drug Treatment and Support "YAD" Program
The YAD program is operated by the IWC and is involved in providing case management support,
referral, individual and group based education/interventions to all young people aged 12-24 years
who are at risk of and/or engaged in the use of drugs and/or alcohol.
The program support officer/s are involved in the following areas;
What is the Youth Alcohol & Drug program (YAD)?
The YAD program uses a harm minimization approach to address the abusive and
dependent use of alcohol and other drugs in young people. This includes support for the individual,
their families, and the wider youth community.
The program aims to:
*Engage and support young people in identifying and treating problematic drug/alcohol use.
*Increase understanding of the addictive process and increase awareness of the effects of
How does the program work?
A comprehensive assessment is completed on all youth to help identify the individual's needs
and goals, in regards to their substance use. The young person is then assisted in developing
skills and supports to address those needs and achieve their goals, through the use of:
*Focused group sessions
Additionally, the YAD program can provide group educational sessions, designed to increase
knowledge and insight into youth substance abuse issues and related problems.
How long is the program?
The program is individualised to meet the young person's needs and goals. Treatment plans
are established with the individual and reviewed regularly to ensure the individual's changing
needs are addressed.
Who Can Come?
Any person between the ages of 12-24 years, who has a problem with, or is at risk of
developing a problem with alcohol and/or drugs, is eligible for the program.
THE PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO ALL YOUTH (INDIGENOUS AND NON-INDIGENOUS)
Who Can Refer?
Individuals, families, community agencies, government agencies, doctors, police, schools
........ anybody can refer themselves or someone else to the program.
Please call (07) 4151 5402 and ask for the YAD program.
There are no costs associated with this program. All services are provided free of charge.
Who runs the program?
YAD Program is run by professionally qualified
Alcohol and Drugs Clinical staff that have
extensive experience in managing and treating
youth with substance use problems.
The IWC YAD program is committed to protecting
the privacy of all service users and is bound by
the Privacy Act and IWC policy.
Program Initiatives include: