Tier 3 / Specialist – Drug & Alcohol Treatment Interventions
What does Tier 3 drug and alcohol treatment interventions cover?
These are structured interventions delivered by staff working for SDAS young people's team and cover a range of options that form part of a care plan agreed with a young person.
The aim is to offer intensive support and treatment to young people who want to make changes to their drug and/or alcohol use. The team understands that use of drugs and alcohol can be part of a range of difficulties that the young person is dealing with such as mental health, sexual health, family relationships, housing etc. The team actively works with other servces that are involved in the young persons life to promote and support change.
The team works with young people who may be using a range of substances that can include: alcohol, cannabis, new psychoactive substances - often referred to as 'legal or chemical highs', volatile substances / gases and heroin. All the treatment interventions are evidence based which means that it is tried and tested and proven to work.
Types of treatment available are often used in combination with each other and include:
- Assertive outreach into the community to engage young people and keep those engaged that need additional support
- ‘Talking therapies’ with the individual and family - this can include a therapy called CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy - which is a talking therapy to help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave)
- Harm reduction information and advice including advice on safer drug us and /or safer drinking, testing and vaccination for blood borne viruses (BBVs), and if needed access to needle exchange.
- Substitute prescribing, detoxification and access to residential rehabilitation if needed
- Housing support including: accomodation and mediation / crisis support
- Help and support for you to stay in or get back into, education, training or work
Who delivers it?
In Somerset this service is delivered by staff in Somerset Drug & Alcohol Service (SDAS). There are dedicated young people's workers. They work with young people of any age - up to 21 years old especially if the young person is leaving care; and continue to support young people if necessary, as they become young adults. SDAS work throughout Somerset and will normally arrange to see the young person in a place that suits them best.
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