10 Oct Treating Substance Use

Recent statistics show that nearly one million American adolescents suffer from substance use disorder. That averages out to 1 in 25 young adults between the ages of twelve and seventeen years old. Substance abuse has devastating effects, whether that be on the part of the child or one or many members of their family. Many times, substance use is viewed as the cause of a problem when in actuality, is it merely a symptom of untreated trauma. We are here to help.

The YOC approaches substance use treatment holistically. We believe substance use treatment should address all aspects of physical, psychological, social, and emotional health. The treatment team creates an individualized plan for each child, utilizing many different treatment methods to address needs. Special care is taken to include family and community members as supports for the child in his or her recovery process with our ultimate goal being each client returning home as soon as safety can be assured. These kids participate in weekly individual therapy sessions and family therapy sessions as often as family members are able. Group therapy is also utilized to allow for a safe space to practice newly acquired skills, give and receive feedback from peers, and learn how to maintain safety and sobriety.

The therapy process, designed by Master’s level therapists is based on Motivational Interviewing and cognitive-behavioral concepts. Other modalities are also used to address co-occurring mental health issues. Kids often present with an extensive history of trauma and adverse life experiences; therapists trained in EMDR incorporate these techniques into therapy as needed. Youth are encouraged to participate in community-based support groups and off-grounds activities to supplement treatment. At discharge, these kids are prepared to maintain a sober lifestyle while transitioning to an outpatient provider to continue treatment.

This story is adapted from the October 2019 Placing Agent Newsletter.