For young people severely impacted by drug or alcohol concerns the Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service (ADAWS) provides a safe and supportive environment for participants to withdraw with professional assistance.
The service has been operating since 2000 and is available for people who live in Queensland aged 13 to18 years.
ADAWS is an 11 day ‘live in’ program which provides a comprehensive support to enable young people to work towards their goals.
Youth Substance Worker Lilliana Kish explains the program accommodates up to five young people at a time, who each have individual rooms and 24-hour staff support.
"Whilst at ADAWS, young people are supported by youth workers to participate in group therapy sessions where they learn to cope with cravings, alcohol and other drug awareness, and relapse prevention,” Lilliana said.
“During their stay, young people will also have access to mental health and general health checks, however they also have time to enjoy recreational activities such as social outings, going to the gym, art therapy, gardening, massage chairs, music room, pool tables and more.
"The program and its setting are removed from the hospital and does not feel clinical, the focus is for young people to heal in a safe and supportive environment away from the distraction and pressures of the outside world."
Lilliana explains 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 for example individual outreach support," Lilliana said.
“We are well connected in the Brisbane community and beyond with support services. For people who may need further help after ADAWS they can be referred on to another residential program called THREAD.
"For young people residing outside of the greater Brisbane area are supported to connect with other services closer to home.”
To find out more about Clarence Street please call 07 3163 8400 or visit https://www.mater.org.au/health/services/mater-young-adult-health-centre/what-we-do/clarence-street