The first step to becoming involved with AY is to meet with a therapist and participate in an intake session. An intake session is completed in person and takes approximately one hour. The purpose of an intake session is for our therapist to gather information about the youth’s past and current health and substance use as well as readiness for change. In addition, our services will be described in detail. Parents or caregivers and other support persons are encouraged to attend the first session with the youth.
Over a period of several appointments, an initial assessment will be completed with the youth which will include gathering of information, monitoring of youth’s substance use, provision of feedback on the impact of substance use on the youth’s life and development of a treatment plan.
Individualized, client directed treatment is provided to youth to assist them in exploring the underlying reasons for engaging in substance use, in reducing or discontinuing use, relapse prevention and/or referral to residential treatment, and includes comprehensive education about the risks related to youth substance use. Parents/caregivers and other family members (as defined by the youth) are encouraged to participate in the youth’s treatment.
Support services offered at Alternatives for Youth have been a godsend. The therapists have helped bridge the gap between my child and me. They have also helped me understand the teenage brain and why they may behave the way they do. Therapists are outstanding and allow us to discover what works best for our family. No pressure, just support.