Adolescent & Youth Substance Abuse Outpatient and
Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program Services
First Step Services’ Adolescent General Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for teens includes Monday and Thursday evening IOP groups and a Wednesday night Family & Youth/Multi-Family treatment group. The Wednesday group includes both the identified substance user and his/her family in 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 use and related issues, including peer pressure and the negative effects on parents and siblings. 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 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 our Raleigh office: (919) 833-8899
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 Therapist, 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 adolescent and their families:
- Substance Abuse Assessments.
- Individual Counseling.
- Group counseling.
- Wake County Schools ACE provider.
- Family therapy.
- Urine Drug Screens.
- Masters Degree level therapists with experience and specialized training in working with adolescents.
- 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.
Our Adolescent Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program (IOP) is for teens 14 – 18 years of age and their families, at our Six Forks Road Facilty. 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 the families to achieve a happier, more productive present and future without the burden of substance use problems.
“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