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    Adolescent & Youth Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment Program Services

    First Step Services of Raleigh’s substance abuse Adolescent Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for teens includes IOP groups and Family & Youth/Multi-Family treatment groups. The groups include both the identified substance user and his/her family in group therapy session. Two groups are for the teen substance user without the family. Both sets of groups focus on substance use and related issues, including peer pressure and the negative effects on parents and siblings.

    Our Approach:

    When treating adolescent clients, including the family throughout the entire process is especially important. Drug and alcohol use does not affect only the person using the substances; it affects the entire family. Parents and siblings are usually struggling with significant consequences of just one family member’s substance abuse. At First Step we strongly recommend and provide multiple ways for families to become involved in treatment along with their teen who is using the substances.

    During the substance abuse assessment, the client and counselor together develop the best treatment plan to achieve the goals you choose.

    Substance abuse treatment groups provide an opportunity to gain support and awareness through facilitated interactions with peers. Individual and family therapy helps to address more personal issues clients may need to discuss, and is important to include in an adolescent treatment plan.

    Our adolescent therapists provide services to teens and their families. Our counseling approach is strengths-based and utilizes art therapy techniques to engage clients in self-expression. Our absolute best effort is made to reconnect clients to healthier, more positive ways to contribute, communicate, and cope.

    I value my family, my friends, and the air I breathe. My treatment here at First Step has been that of support and caring. I am very grateful to all of my counselors here at First Step. KD

    Our adolescent program offers a variety of services to meet the unique needs of each adolescent and  their families:

    • Substance Abuse Assessments.
    • Individual Counseling.
    • Group counseling.
    • Wake County Schools ACE provider. (To resume fall semester 2016)
    • Family therapy.
    • Urine Drug Screens.
    • Masters Degree level therapists with experience and specialized training in working with adolescents.
    • Flexible hours (late afternoon groups).
    • Strictest Confidentiality.
    • A caring environment.
    • We will assist in locating contract transportation companies to transport participants from home or school to our facility.
    I have been directly affected in more ways than I am able to explain. Thanks for the support, and I appreciate what each of you has done for me.” MV

    Our Adolescent Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program (SA IOP) is for teens 14 – 18 years of age and their families, located at our Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC facility. IOP is a successful model that helps teens who have problems with alcohol and drug use. Our Adolescent IOP works closely with both the teens and their families to achieve a happier, more productive present and future without the burden of substance use problems.

    First Step Services is a pre-approved Wake County ACE program provider. For more information, contact our adolescent therapist, Monique @ (919) 833-8899.

    Our F.A.C.E. (Family And Community Education) program is a free service provided at our Six Forks Road facility.  F.A.C.E. is for those concerned about the substance use of loved ones, or for anyone who is interested in learning about how alcohol and drug use affects individuals, families, and the community. Though F.A.C.E. is facilitated by professional Licensed counselors, it is not specifically a counseling or formal support group, though much support is provided. It is designed for families, friends, teachers, counselors, attorneys, other professionals, etc.  F.A.C.E. is not appropriate for the alcohol or drug abuser.

    Take the First Step… call today for more information about our Adolescent Program: (919) 833-8899

    I came into this program after getting in trouble at school. My first day of coming in I picked a nice seat in the corner, crossed my arms and tried to be invisible. I didn’t think this program would help me in any way, shape, or form. I just wanted to go through the motions and be done with it. After listening to people for a while and seeing how well they treated each other and how much fun they were having while being sober. I caught myself starting to actually listen to what people were saying appose to just hearing the words. I started to relate to the experiences that were being shared and I caught myself actually sharing myself. As the weeks trailed on I actually became friends with quite a few of the people there. I actually started looking forward to going to these meetings I had once dreaded. My family and friends started noticing positive changes in me shortly after that and, honestly, I did too not just in my personality but how I felt as well. If you come into this program with an open mind you will be amazed at what it can do for you. Anonymous Former Adolescent Program Patient


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