Dunlea Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Service

August 23, 2015

Young people at risk are often alienated from their family school and community. This makes it harder to deal with substance abuse issues. We can help.

Dunlea Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Service helps young people aged 13-19 who want to take control of their drug use.

Some people come to Dunlea when they find themselves using marijuana on weekends or caught up in binge drinking. Other young people who use our service have been injecting heroin for prolonged periods.

Where we start

When a young person is referred to Dunlea, our drug and alcohol workers conduct an initial assessment. Often this first meeting is an opportunity for staff to provide information about harm minimisation. Our drug and alcohol workers will assess whether the young person is suited to our Taking Charge program at Dunlea or will refer them to another service where their needs will be better met.

Taking Charge

The Taking Charge program is an 8-12 week drug and alcohol treatment program that runs Monday to Thursday from 10.30am-3.00pm. Support on Fridays and outside of hours is also available for individual clients who have specific requirements. Taking Charge is a free service funded by the Department of Health and Ageing.

This program has been developed by the Youth Off The Streets Mental Health Team and the Health Psychology Unit at the University of Technology Sydney. We teach participants coping strategies to help them manage the challenges that arise in their daily life. Participants are provided with case management, counselling and ongoing support for up to six months after they complete the program.

Family support

When a young person is dealing with drug and alcohol problems, their families often need support too. Our caseworkers and psychologists are able to provide individual and group support to the families of participants.

Our mental health team

Qualified psychologists and counsellors are available to both young people and their families.

If other commitments prevent young people from attending the Taking Charge program, individual counselling can be provided on request.

Dunlea has referral pathways to psychiatrists and health services for young people who require intensive support.

Dunlea in the community

Schools and community support programs are available upon request. Dunlea’s staff are always happy and available to discuss youth alcohol and other drug related issues with members of the community.

The community helps us too. We work with a roster of regular community volunteers to provide recreational activities for young people in the program.

Dunlea has been accredited by the Australian Council of Health Care Standards and is funded by the Department of Health and Ageing.

Do you need help?

If you or someone you know needs drug and alcohol support, contact us at Dunlea Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm.

T: 02 9721 5714


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