Focus of Program
The adolescent program is an after school program for teens that have substance abuse issues and who do not need a higher level of care like residential treatment. The program is from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm 3 to 5 days a week. Attendance is individualized and based on level of use and dysfunction.
Most adolescents enter treatment as a result of some type of crisis and/or intervention:
- Family crisis; family can no longer tolerate the lying, manipulating and disrespect
- Education crisis; suspended for use or possession
- Legal crisis; arrested for under the influence or possession
As a result, adolescents have minimal internal motivation. Many defend their right to use and are out of touch with the negative consequences of using.
They defend their right to use with:
- Denial; “I don’t have a problem”
- Minimizing; “I don’t use that much or any more than anyone else”
- Rationalizing; “I use because of the pressure my parents put on me.”
- Justifying; “It’s only marijuana, or it’s my body and I can do to it what I want”
- Bargaining; “My parents just need to accept I am going to use marijuana.”
Treatment focuses on addressing the defenses and helping the young persona understand the severity of the use and its negative consequences. This is the first step to recovery and understanding the risks and dangers of use of mind-altering substances.
The Program Includes
- Education about substances, use and consequences of using
- Individual and group counseling to address the resistance, defenses and underlying issues related to substance use
- Recovery tools for ongoing recovery after treatment
- Living skills for communication, anger management, time management, and drug free social and recreational activities
- Relapse prevention
- Co-Dependency and Enabling education for parents
- Family counseling
- Aftercare and compliance monitoring
- Random drug screening and quantitative drug screening for marijuana