Making Waves


‘Making Waves’ is a 12-session Acceptance and Commitment Therapy program offered through Turning Point’s specialist addiction treatment clinic. This specialist treatment service provides evidence-based treatment for people with co-existing alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues, emotional and interpersonal difficulties, and mental health issues.

The types of difficulties and behaviours clients present with include:

  • Substance use issues
  • Recurring crisis presentations 
  • Repeated aggression or hostility 
  • Chronic suicidal thoughts or self-harming behaviour 
  • Ongoing mood instability or difficulty regulating emotions
  • Low distress tolerance
  • Difficulty managing impulsivity.

The types of mental health issues clients present with include:

  • Substance use disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis or characteristics
  • Depression 
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder 
  • Anxiety / panic attacks 
  • Complex trauma presentations.

What is involved in treatment?

Making Waves delivers 12 individual face-to-face treatment sessions with a focus on building clients’ skills in better managing and tolerating emotional stress, improving interpersonal relationships and learning new strategies for making alternative choices, particularly around AOD use. 

    Inclusion criteria

    • Substance use issues 
    • Emotional and interpersonal difficulties as described above
    • Linked in with GP, case manager or other ongoing support worker
    • 18 years and over.

    How to refer