At the time of the initial consultation, the teen, along with their family,
is assessed on the biological, physical, psychological, social and spiritual
aspects of their life. If appropriate, the teen will be entered into the
Thelma McMillen Teen Outpatient Program; if not, a referral will be made
to an appropriate resource. Upon entry into the program, the adolescent
receives a comprehensive history and physical review, and then a three-phase
course of treatment is put into action Teens are administered weekly random
drug testing throughout their participation.
Phase I - Intensive Care
During the initial ten-week Intensive Care phase, teens and their families
attend four sessions weekly to address addiction education, relapse triggers
and 12-step philosophy. A multidisciplinary team of professionals devises
an individualized treatment plan, addressing family, school, and individual
barriers to recovery.
Phase II - Transitional Care
The four-month Transitional Care phase of the program focuses on relapse
prevention, peer support, and practical applications of learned recovery
tools. Progress is assessed to determine attendance requirements, and
most clients are required to attend at least three-times weekly.
Phase III - Continuing Care
Teens in the Continuing Care phase of treatment are encouraged to attend
weekly peer support groups and monthly community social activities until
they reach 18. They are also welcome to join in quarterly teen social
nights aimed at sober fun and creative expression.
Family involvement is integral to the successful treatment process. Family
members are involved at every step of the way, including individual family
and multi-family group therapy sessions. Teens and their families address
issues such as communication, conflict, and healthy boundaries.
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