The Clarence Street Day Program

Young people can attend the day program in our large and vibrant ‘Area 40’ space.  The day program operates five days a week for young people aged 13-25 years, offering a range of activities to suit everyone. These include:

PIVOT
A vocational training program providing Certificates II and III in Hospitality and Retail. Young people attending PIVOT are supported to learn at their own pace.

Job Club
A program supporting young people to build skills to prepare for work or further training (e.g. résumé writing, preparing for interviews).  

FWD
A therapeutic group program supporting young people to enhance their motivation, build insight, and develop skills to cope with the emotional and interpersonal difficulties that often reinforce problematic substance use (by referral only). 

Drop In
A safe place for young people to meet and participate in creative activities such as skateboard making, painting, screen printing, cooking, and playing music. Young people can attend Drop In every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  No appointment necessary.

Axis Community Team

Axis is a specialist youth work service providing individual support to young people who are concerned about their alcohol and other drug use.  Appointments are hosted at Clarence Street or in the community within the greater Brisbane area. Young people are encouraged to nominate a meeting place that feels comfortable for them (e.g. cafe, shopping centre, school, or youth agency).

Axis offers young people an opportunity to develop an individualised treatment program tailored to their level of motivation and their specific goals related to alcohol and other drug use. For some young people, catch-ups might be aimed at reducing their use or getting more control over it. For others, it might be about learning to use more safely or stopping altogether.

A variety of therapeutic interventions and activities are available to suit each young person, including counselling, family work, and care planning and coordination with stakeholders.

If young people have health concerns related to their substance use, they can access a nurse or GP.

Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service (ADAWS)

The Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service has been operating since 2000. ADAWS is a residential program for young people who live in Queensland. It is available to young people aged 13 to18 years (up until their 19th birthday). 

ADAWS is an 11 day ‘live in’ program supporting young people to safely withdraw from alcohol and other drugs. ADAWS provides a comprehensive program to enable young people to work towards their goals and achieve change in their lives. 

The ADAWS program accommodates up to five young people at a time, providing individual rooms and 24-hour staff support.

Whilst at ADAWS, young people are supported by youth workers to participate in group work and recreational activities, including going to the gym. Groups include coping with cravings, alcohol and other drug awareness, and relapse prevention. During their stay, young people will also have access to mental health and general health checks.

After ADAWS 
As young people transition back into the community, they often need ongoing support to manage the different challenges that arise. Young people within the greater Brisbane area are supported to connect with other services at Clarence Street (e.g. individual outreach support). Young people residing outside of the greater Brisbane area are supported to connect with other services closer to home.

Referrals to ADAWS 
If you are interested in finding out more about the ADAWS program, please give us a call on 07 3163 8400 anytime between 8 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

Please note that involvement with our service is voluntary.