Research indicates about 90% of teenagers do not receive the treatment they need, and that interventions for adolescents should be different than interventions used for adults.
If you and your family are struggling with your young one’s addiction, there are options for you, too. Family-based approaches are important because adolescents are usually living with their families - family therapy helps the whole family address situations and behaviors that may be leading to drug use.
ASSERT, which stands for AccesS, Screening and Engagement, Recovery Support, and Treatment; provides awareness, education, and support to families of youth up to age 21.
The ASSERT Treatment Model (ATM) is a new program for youth and young adults 16-21 years old with opioid use problems. It is proven to create better outcomes, because of its unique three-pronged approach.
ATM combines three services:
- Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT): intensive, family-centered therapy for youth with substance use and co-occurring mental health problems.
- Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT): the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders and prevent opioid overdose. MAT is not required, but is available for families who need and want it.
- Recovery Management Checkups and Support (RMCS): RMCS starts after MDFT treatment ends and provides monitoring, re-connection to services and supports through community and peer programs for up to 12 months of support after treatment ends.
Depending on your ability to pay, private assessments and low-cost or free treatment options will be available to you. Please inquire with program providers regarding cost.
SMART Recovery is a modern, science-based support group for individuals and their families in all stages of recovery. Meetings are friendly, action-oriented, and supportive.
SMART Recovery meetings are peer support groups run by trained facilitators. The tools learned in SMART Recovery help people with any struggle they may have: substance abuse, anxiety, depression, bullying, fighting, etc. For more information on SMART Recovery, visit www.smartrecovery.org.
SMART Recovery Family & Friends groups help those who are affected by substance abuse (drug abuse, alcohol abuse) or other addictions of a loved one. For more information on SMART Recovery Family & Friends visit www.smartrecovery.org/family/.