Adolescent Services

Adolescence can be a confusing time for kids, full of tension and pressure. Many kids decide to experiment. When it comes to experimenting with alcohol and drugs, a kid may make the decision pretty casually. For one out of ten, that first drink or joint will trigger and fuel a dangerous disease process. The casual experiment has opened the door, and then the drug takes over. Gateway’s Intensive Adolescent Substance Abuse Program is designed to help young people and family members identify the sources of their problems and, under close supervision, learn how to handle them on an effective day to day basis without the use of mind or mood altering drugs.

Gateway Recovery Center also offers Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (A.S.A.P.) for multiple Minor in Possession offenders and other youth ages 13 to 18 who are diagnosed as abusing alcohol and/ or drugs. This program is an intensive educational experience designed to meet the needs of adolescents who have already completed a first offenders program such as Insight or a similar education experience. ASAP emphasizes personal accountability for behavior and clarifies the relationship between choice making and the potential consequences of each choice, be it positive or negative.

This program consists of eight 2 hour Intensive Educational sessions over a 4 week period (2 per week). Parents will be involved in 2 of the 8 sessions.

Youth and parents are given information on warning signs, enabling behavior, building or repairing relationships with family members and intervention strategies such as behavior contracting. This intensive educational program provides youth and parents with access to an additional option in the community, rather than basic alcohol and drug information or intensive treatment for addiction.