Substance related disorders affect people of all ages and we know teens and pre-teens are particularly vulnerable to those affects. Research suggests that the earlier someone who is experimenting with substance use gets help, the better the outcomes. When co-occurring disorders exist, such as substance-related disorders and mental health conditions, SATUCI will provide services to best meet the needs of our clients.
Whenever possible, all services should be provided in coordination with other health and human services providers including self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Because substance abuse issues affect the whole family, involvement of family members and concerned persons in the treatment process is encouraged whenever possible. If the client’s evaluation results in a recommendation for inpatient treatment, SATUCI can refer the client to those services.
SATUCI offers several services to young people to help them make correct decisions about substance use. Those services include:
This service is to evaluate, with the teen, the substances used and the impact on her/his life. Teens can obtain SATUCI services without parental permission, but input from the parents is encouraged at the time of assessment and throughout treatment, if the teen grants permission for that communication. Parents often complete a “Concerned Persons Report” at the time of assessment.
These services provide insight-based education for teens. The Prevention Research Institute’s risk reduction curriculum is utilized and offered for teens.
Teens may be involved in a group and/or individual contact as determined by the teen, counselor, family, and input from other professionals working with the teen. SATUCI staff complete an assessment with the teen that follows the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) guidelines.
- Individual/Group Sessions – When a teen or pre-teen is involved in the extended outpatient program, individual sessions are offered in addition to group session. This is so issues that may be more personal can be addressed. In addition, family services can be provided as well.