The Youth Alcohol and Drug Service Brief Intervention (age 12-19) can help you develop a better understanding of the effect of alcohol and drugs and support you if you would like to make a change.


How it works

  • We meet with you and your family and explore what is going on for you and them.
  • We offer feedback on your situation
  • Together we come up with a plan of action to help you move forward
  • We will help you put the plan into action and stay on track
  • Together we evaluate how your plan is going and where to from now
  • When you have achieved what you want we celebrate the achievement then say goodbye!

What happens at the end of the programme?

At the end of your involvement with us you and your counsellor will discuss whether you are ready to leave the service — you may decide that you would like more time with us or be assisted to connect with other supports. If in the future you feel that you still need some support you are able to contact us and discuss it with your counsellor.


The Details:

  • 1 - 12 sessions in a 12 month period 
  • for 12 - 19 years old (under 16's require parental consent to start the process)
  • we work from a HARM MINIMISATION perspective - which means that we we will talk to you about different ways you can minimise the harm that substance use causes you – this may or may not include stopping your alcohol or drug use altogether - we are happy to support you where you are at and where you want to go.
  • family involvement is encouraged but you choose to what degree 
  • referrals can come from anywhere for this service (self, family, friends, schools, GPs, etc)


The YADS program can include:

Alcohol and other Drug Assessment (1 or 2 sessions).
  • Screening and comprehensive assessments.
Intervention (1 to 9 sessions)
  • Supplying accurate and up to date information about alcohol and other drugs and their use.
  • Exploring the changes young people might like to make to their alcohol and other drug use.
  • Working with young people to make changes to their alcohol and other drug use
  • Support of young people returning to the region after being involved with other AoD services/programmes.
Family Support
  • Support of family/whanau of young people involved with the Service.
  • Support of families/whanau of young people whose lives have been affected by alcohol and other drugs but who are not involved with the Service (1—3 sessions).
Liaison and Support
  • Liaison and/or referrals to other services.
  • Advice and support to others who are working with young people and/or their families/whanau (e.g. G.P.s, youth workers, guidance counselors, etc.).
  • Enquiries always welcome if presentation is unclear – please phone us.
  • Referrals can be made by completing the form on the Timaru homepage