Adolescent & Youth Substance Abuse
Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program Services
First Step Services’ Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for teens includes Monday and Thursday evening Intensive Outpatient Program groups and a Wednesday night Family & Youth/Multi-Family treatment group. The Wednesday group includes both the identified substance user and his/her family, usually parents or guardians, in a multifamily group therapy session. The Monday and Thursday night groups are for the teen substance user without the family. Both sets of groups focus on substance abuse and related issues, including peer pressure to use alcohol or drugs and the negative effects on parents and siblings. The adolescent/youth participants will typically be under 18 years old. Monday and Thursday groups meet from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. the Wednesday multi-famiy group meets from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
When treating teen 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.
Our F.A.C.E. (Family And Community Education) program is a free service 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. For information, call First Step in Raleigh today at: (919) 833-8899
Our multi-family groups provide an opportunity for parents to join their teen in an education and discussion group. These groups have been shown to help encourage a dialogue between parent and teen about substance use and other risky behaviors.
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 Counselor, Marlo Watson, MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS provides most services to teens and their families Her 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.
Our adolescent program offers a variety of services to meet the unique needs of each teen age adolescent client and their families. These services include:
- Substance Abuse Assessments.
- Individual Counseling.
- Group counseling:
-Short-term (20 – 3 hours) and Longer Term (40 – 60 hours).
-Intensive: Three hour sessions, 3 or more times a week.
- Pre-approved Wake County Schools ACE provider.
- Multi-family psycho-educational groups.
- Family therapy.
- Insurance and self-pay options.
- DWI education.
- Urine Drug Screens.
- Counselors with experience and specialized training in working with adolescents.
- Coordination and collaboration with other providers and school personnel.
- Flexible hours (late afternoon/evening and weekends).
- Strictest Confidentiality.
- A caring environment.
- We will assist in locating contract transportation companies to transport participants from home or school to our facility.
An Adolescent Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program is provided for adolescent age teens and their families at our Six Forks Road Facilty. This is a successful model that helps teens who have significant problems with alcohol and drug abuse to develop more healthy, happier lifestyles. The First Step Adolescent IOP works closely with the teen and families to achieve a happier, more productive present and future without the burden of substance use problems. Insurance will pay for adolescent and adult Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Treatment.