The Cabin Sydney Aims to Treat and Prevent Teen Substance Abuse
As a student counsellor you are inherently aware that experimenting with drugs, alcohol and sex has long been considered part of the ‘growing up’ process. But while some teens can experiment here and there with no real ill effects, substance abuse in other teens can lead to serious problems including dependency or addiction.
Teen Substance Abuse: A Right of Passage?
Teen substance abuse statistics show that approximately 28% of Australia’s youth aged 12-17 have consumed at least one full serving of alcohol in the past. 17% of 12-17 year olds have tried inhalants, and almost 15% have tried marijuana. A small group of Australia’s teens have also tried other substances including amphetamines, ecstasy, cocaine and even heroin.
Benefits of working with The Cabin Sydney
We understand youth addiction and the importance of connecting with your student body to have an open and honest conversation about substance abuse and addiction. We are able to provide the following to groups of students or individuals:
- Early Intervention Programme designed to educate teens on the effects that abusing drugs and alcohol has on their brain, body and overall life with the purpose of encouraging them to make good decisions about substance abuse in the future. They are made aware of the dangers they are exposing themselves to including the risk of dependency and addiction, and are taught how to avoid temptation and how to cope with peer pressure and other triggers that lead teens to substance abuse.
- Complete confidentiality
- Flexible schedule so that assessment or addiction treatment will not interfere with school
- Unique, effective treatment programme
The Importance of Early Intervention in Teen Substance Abuse
Treating youth is a form of preventative medicine. Because most people acquire the disease as adolescents or young adults, it is often referred to as an adolescent illness. Thus, early intervention is the most practical and effective method of treating the illness.
As someone who has direct and frequent contact with most students in your school, it is not uncommon that you will spot the signs of teen substance abuse or addiction first. If you have reason to believe that any student is abusing drugs or alcohol, or simply wish to help educate your students about the dangers and risks involved with substance use, we encourage you to give us a call for a consultation regarding how we can work together in the interest of your student body.
Why Choose The Cabin Sydney?
The Cabin Sydney is part of The Cabin Addiction Services Group, a global addiction treatment provider that boasts a unique and effective treatment programme across all locations. Unlike traditional youth addiction treatment programmes, we strive to make our treatment as engaging as possible. Our team consists of young counsellors who have experience dealing specifically with teens and who can create a comfortable and trusting environment for youth to open up about their own drug or alcohol use and seek answers to any questions they may have.
The Cabin Sydney’s early intervention programme consists of 3 to 5 one-on-one counselling sessions over a period of 2 to 3 weeks. Appointments are available in the afternoon and evenings so as not to interfere with school. In the case of active addiction in any of your students, they may be referred to our outpatient addiction treatment clinic in Sydney or our dedicated inpatient youth programme, The Cabin Edge, depending on the severity.
Referrals for these programmes are only accepted from parents or legal guardians; however, we are pleased to offer information and assistance to educators who are concerned about a teen’s substance abuse and well-being. Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding any students of whom you believe are experimenting with drugs or alcohol and could benefit from our programme. All phone calls and enquiries are completely confidential.