We focus on the individual in recovery but also engage the family as a whole to reduce the negativity, frustration, hostility, and helplessness that can consume a family with a child in crisis. This approach helps to lay the foundation for sustainable change of behavior, improving life skills, communication and family dynamics. Independent studies found a “substantial reduction” in substance abuse as well as impressive mental health improvements for those who have completed the program.
What Should I Expect?
- Youth will attend group sessions as clinically appropriate.
- Parents will participate in group therapy once a week
- Individual and/or conjoint sessions with their family will be provided regularly
- Many adolescents may also choose to attend a support group such as Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous
- All services are provided by licensed mental health counselors in a safe environment
Who Should Attend?
- Adolescents from ages 14–17 years old who want to live an alcohol or drug free lifestyle
- Families who are concerned about their teenager’s drug or substance use
The Seven Challenges
- We decided to open up and talk honestly about ourselves and about alcohol and other drugs.
- We looked at what we liked about alcohol and other drugs, and why we were using them.
- We looked at our use of alcohol or other drugs to see if it has caused harm or could cause harm.
- We looked at our responsibility and the responsibility of others for our problems.
- We thought about where we seemed to be headed, where we wanted to go, and what we wanted to accomplish.
- We made thoughtful decisions about our lives and about our use of alcohol and other drugs.
- We followed through on our decisions about our lives and drug use. If we saw problems, we went back to earlier challenges and mastered them.