ADOLESCENT AND CHILD COUNSELING SERVICES
Our youth programs include
services for youth experiencing problems from their own alcohol
and other drug use or that of a parent or guardian.
Council on Addiction Recovery Services,
Inc. provides individual as well as group counseling sessions
for youth just as we do for adults. The youth program has been
designed specifically for youth to insure age appropriate information
and counseling information is provided.
Youth are provided information about alcohol and other drugs and
the addiction process. Counselors promote discussion of abstinence,
self-awareness, expression of feelings, healthy choices and impact
drugs have on their lives.
Adult Recovery Basics:
Designed specifically to meet the needs of chemically dependent
youth between the ages of 15 and 21. Focus is on assisting the
youth to develop the skills necessary to maintain long-term recovery.
Modeled after self-help groups with the focus on assisting chemically
dependent youth to establish and maintain a community based support
system. This group is facilitated by a male and female recovering
individual. Youth are typically between the ages of 15-21.
Children of Alcoholics
and Substance Abusers:
Children and adolescents who have been affected by a caregiver's
addiction will benefit from this youth focused group. The focus
is on providing age appropriate information regarding addiction
and assisting them on managing their feelings and behaviors.
Parents Regarding Treatment for Children or Adolescents
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early education about drugs, open communication, good role
modeling, and early recognition if problems are developing. If there
is any suspicion that there is a problem, parents must find
the most appropriate intervention for their child.
The decision to get treatment for a child or adolescent is serious.
Parents are encouraged to seek consultation from a professional
children's services specialist when making decisions about substance
abuse treatment for children or adolescents. Call us today at 716-373-4303
for information about treatment for children or adolescents.
Parents and families must be informed consumers and should be involved
in their child's recovery. Here are some important things to consider:
No single treatment is appropriate for all teens.
It is important to match treatment settings, interventions, and
services to each individual's particular problems and needs. This
is critical to his or her ultimate success in returning to healthy
functioning in the family, school, and society.
Effective treatment must attend to the multiple needs of the
individual -- not just the drug use.
Any associated medical, psychological, social, and cognitive problem
must be addressed.
Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical
for treatment effectiveness and positive change.
Each person is different and the amount of time in treatment
will depend on his or her problems and needs. Research shows that
for most individuals, the beginning of improvement begins at about
3 months into treatment. After this time, there is usually further
progress toward recovery. Length of stay in a residential program
can range from 8 to 18 months, depending upon the individual's willingness
and/or group) and other behavioral therapies are critical components
of effective treatment.
In therapy, teens look at issues of motivation, build skills to
resist drug use, replace drug-using activities with constructive
and rewarding behaviors, and improve problem-solving skills. Behavioral
therapy also facilitates interpersonal relationships and the
teen's ability to function in the home and community.
Addicted or drug-abusing individuals with coexisting mental disorders
should have both disorders treated in an integrated way.
Because addictive disorders and mental disorders often occur in
the same individual, individuals should be assessed and treated
for the co-occurrence of the other type of disorder.
Medical detoxification is only the first stage of addiction treatment
and by itself does little to change long-term drug use.
Medical detoxification safely manages the acute physical symptoms
of withdrawal associated with stopping drug use. While detoxification
alone is rarely sufficient to help addicts achieve long-term abstinence,
for some individuals it is a strongly indicated precursor to effective
drug addiction treatment.
Treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective.
Strong motivation can facilitate the treatment process. Sanctions
or enticements in the family, school setting, or juvenile justice
system can increase significantly both treatment entry and retention
rates and the success of drug treatment interventions.
Recovery from addiction can be a long-term process and frequently
requires multiple episodes of treatment.
As with other chronic illnesses, relapses to drug use can occur
during or after successful treatment episodes. Addicted individuals
may require prolonged treatment and multiple episodes of treatment
to achieve long-term abstinence and fully restored functioning.
Participation in self-help support programs during and following
treatment often is helpful in maintaining abstinence. Parents should
ask what aftercare treatment services are available for continued
or future treatment.
provided by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
(AACAP) and the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
Licensed by New
York State Office of Alcoholism And Substance Abuse Services
on Addiction Recovery Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 567 201 S. Union St. Olean, NY 14760
Phone 716 / 373-4303 Fax 716 / 373-4327 TDD 711
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