Colorado Counseling and Consulting Services
Colorado Counseling & Consulting Services
2790 N. Academy Blvd, Suite 312
Colorado Springs, CO 80917
Phone: (719) 444-0250
Fax: (719) 444-0253
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Adolescent Treatment and Recovery Program

Adolescent Intervention for Chemical Dependency

Currently in both physical and psychological medicine, the definition and diagnosis of Chemical Dependency is based on examination of it’s’ complications. With the escalation of chemical use among adolescents, we as therapists, have become increasingly aware of the need for a specialized therapy group tailored more to the needs of today’s troubled adolescent, a group addressing the special problems and issues many of them encounter on a daily basis. With the escalating criminal behavior, an alarming lack of respect for self and others, the proliferation of gangs and gang related activity, drug and alcohol use, and numerous other overwhelming and complex problems, today’s teens are finding themselves involved in the courts and judicial system with greater and greater frequency. With the increased pressure on the schools and the inability of parents to provide the guidance and learning necessary during his important developmental stages, adolescents are failing to succeed in expected and age appropriate social adjustment.

Many of these teens have struggled with lifelong learning deficits, disabilities, mood disorders, and behavioral disorders that were never properly identified or treated. In many cases these problems predisposed them to feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, depression, anger, and ultimately to out-of-control and destructive behaviors. This becomes particularly clear when we look at the adolescent diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder, a prior history of attention deficit (with/without hyperactivity) disorder, auditory processing problems, dyslexia, etc.   In addition, we are encountering with increased frequency, adolescents who frequently are dealing with a chemical dependency problem in addition to other psychological and emotional issues. Early intervention with this group may spell the difference between a life of depression, hopelessness, anger, resentment, hostility, projected rage, and substance abuse, or successfully adapting and leading a productive life.   A number of critical deficits have been identified with these individuals, which can be corrected or greatly improved with the proper assistance and treatment.

The Adolescent Treatment and Recovery Program for adolescents address and focus treatment in the following key areas:

  • Understanding the cycle of Addiction (identifying one’s own patterns of chemical use/abuse, and the precursors or individual stages leading to relapse.
  • Relapse prevention (Developing and implementing an effective relapse prevention plan tailored to the individual, and incorporating healthy ways/means of meeting one’s needs in healthy and productive ways)
  • Social skills (utilizing more effective communication techniques and attending to both verbal and non-verbal messages).
  • Communication skills (utilizing more effective communication techniques and attending to both verbal and non-verbal messages).
  • Thinking errors (learning to identify distortions in thought patterns, identify and consider consequences and develop the ability to project long-range goals).
  • Empathy (identifies and recognizes how ones behavior affects others).
  • Critical Thinking Skills (learning and integrating the ability to assess, analyze, and respond to problem situation).
  • Self esteem and image building (identifying their unique gifs/talents, positive reinforcement).
  • Anger Control (learning to feel and handle emotion).
  • Assessment (proper educational evaluation and appropriate intervention).

In summary, the Adolescent Treatment and Recovery Program group focuses on the only individual who can make a difference in the escalation of juvenile crime, the adolescent him/herself. We can no longer pass blame from parents, to school, to gang influences, to the judicial system. We know that a behavior/cognitive approach can and does create lasting changes in behavior.   It is our hope by providing this service it will act as a preventative measure for adolescents who are already showing signs and symptoms of substance abuse problems and anti-social behavior. We, at Colorado Counseling and Consulting Services will be happy to answer any question about the program above or any of the programs we offer. Please call us at (719)444-0250.