Teens struggling with substance abuse need their own space where they can feel safe and receptive to treatment. The Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program through Cornerstone Counseling Center offers two levels of treatment for teens. Both offer individual and group therapy.
At the Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOT) level, teens spend an average of 7 hours per week in therapy. This includes three 2-hour group sessions and one individual therapy session. At the Standard Outpatient Treatment (SOT) level, teens attend one, two-hour group session and one individual therapy session each week. Family sessions are also available and may be added if the therapist believes this will be helpful.
Individual Therapy allows our therapists to work one-on-one with our teens to set goals and implement a personalized treatment plan. Individuals typically attend one weekly therapy session and participate in group therapy. Because many who struggle with substance abuse also have co-occurring mental health issues such as depression or anxiety, our Individual therapists work closely with an on-site medication provider.
Group sessions are designed to provide teens with the essential life skills they’ll need to be successful. The core focus is on recovery skills, so we arm them with relapse prevention tools and the skills they’ll need to cope with whatever life throws at them. This includes critical thinking skills, decision-making skills and proactive communication skills. We also teach self-acceptance, stress management, body image-related issues, anger management, recognizing self-destructive behavior, and other topics relevant to a teenager.
Making Sure The Vulnerable Have Access to Treatment
Our sliding fee scale allows us to reach individuals and families who might otherwise be unable to afford treatment. We have experience working with the legal system for court ordered treatment and DCFS, and can offer support and coordination with other agencies when needed.