ODYSSEY HOUSE VICTORIA: Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment, Training & Support

Who are the Young People that we work with?

Many of the young people engaged with the Odyssey House Youth and Family Services Team come from highly disadvantaged backgrounds with multiple and complex needs, including:

  • substance abuse
  • extreme poverty
  • challenging home situations
  • independent living and homelessness
  • severe social, emotional and learning challenges and extreme behaviours
  • school disengagement
  • community isolation
  • mental illness
  • juvenile offences
  • low literacy and numeracy levels
  • a history of poor academic performance

These young people require a targeted response to help them make healthy informed choices and build their life skills capacity. To this end, there is a need to:

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    Raise awareness of the risks and harms associated with alcohol and other drug use and reduce/cease use

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    Support the development of coping strategies and emotional regulation and other life skills

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    Provide young people with pro-social engagement activities otherwise not available to them, empowering them to make healthy life choices

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    Provide a safe and supportive space for young people, their families and carers to reflect on and discuss the issues associated with alcohol and other drug use such as communication, problem solving and boundary setting

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    Support young people to strengthen positive social networks through (re)connecting to education, family and the community