Monographs and Reports
Substance misuse and dependence is the most prevalent and potentially harmful of all complex issues faced by our most vulnerable and at risk young Victorians. Substance use issues are typically symptomatic of underlying mental health problems and trauma stemming from a childhood of family violence, assault and sexual abuse.
Since it was established fourteen years ago as Victoria’s state-wide youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment service, the Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) in partnership with Commonwealth and Victorian Governments, has assisted over 20,000 young Victorians, and their families, to address problems associated with substance abuse or dependence.
The YSAS snapshot outlines the findings of an internal census carried out in September 2012 with 371 young people currently supported by YSAS. Five key findings are articulated:
- 1. Extremely high levels of harmful substance use in the critical developmental period of adolescence
- 2. Multiple concurrent problems underlie substance misuse
- 3. Young women face greater challenges
- 4. Increase in young people from African backgrounds with alcohol abuse
- 5. Only 1 in 8 YSAS clients participate fully in education or employment
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