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YPDAT (Young People's Drug & Alcohol Team)

About this service

The Young Person’s Drug and Alcohol Team is commissioned to provide treatment for substance misuse to young people under the age of 18. YPDAT also provides service for young adults 18-21 year olds with an established transition pathway to adult services but will not be working with those who are misusing opiates and/or crack cocaine or are alcohol dependent. Those will be referred to STARS Southend Treatment and Recovery Service (CGL) – Adult services.

Services provided • Screening, Identification and Brief interventions • Comprehensive Substance Use Assessment followed by Recovery Care Plan • Psychosocial interventions including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Informed Therapy and Relapse Prevention • Group Intervention Programmes • Recovery Group Support • Counselling • Acupuncture • Support accessing stop smoking service

The service also provides: • School-based universal drug and alcohol awareness and targeted group interventions • Support for hidden harm, those impacted by parental substance use

Referral (how to access this service)

Self referral or via other agency

Catchment (areas they serve)

Southend Borough


Civic 2, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ER
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Opening times

Monday – 9am to 5pm
Tuesday – 9am to 5pm
Wednesday – 9am to 5pm
Thursday – 9am to 6pm (4pm to 6pm Drop-In Service)
Friday – 9am to 4.30pm

We have made a decision to suspend our weekly drop-in sessions due to COVID19 crisis. The service still operates as usual, offering support to young people and their parents who might need information, advice, assessment and follow-up via telephone contact or WhatsApp.

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Help and advice

What to do in an emergency

If you or someone else needs urgent help after taking drugs or drinking, call 999 for an ambulance. Tell the crew everything you know. It could save their life.

What else to do in an emergency