Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Counselors
Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation
Individualized Treatment Plans
Substance Use Screening and Assessment
Drug Urine Screens
Therapeutic Group Counseling Sessions
- Peer Recovery Support
Substance Abuse Education Groups
Youth-oriented 12 Step Groups
SMART Recovery Program
Clean & Sober, Fun Recreational Activities
AN ALTERNATIVE PEER GROUP PROGRAM
An Alternative Peer Group (APG) program provides recovery support for young people and and their families who are dealing with the devastating effects of substance use. In addition to helping individuals achieve freedom from active addiction, this uniquely designed model has several components that address the developmental needs of the young people who are participating.
APG Programs typically provide the following services:
1) Supportive, intensive outpatient therapy
2) After-school programming
3) Teen support groups
4) Clean, Sober and Fun Pro-social activities
4) Educational support
5) Family counseling
6) Parent & family support services
For 9 out of 10 people, addiction begins in adolescence (1) and research has shown that teen users are at much higher risk of developing an addictive disorder compared to adults, and the earlier they begin, the higher the risk. (2). Although not all young people who experiment with substance use go on to develop addiction, with regular use, many youth soon may advance to substance use problems and chemical dependencies which may have long term impact on their developing brains.
APG’s allow for earlier interventions which increase the likelihood of success. Research indicates that this model is much more effective than traditional adolescent treatment approaches.
It is well known that one of the hallmarks of successful recovering is learning to avoid people, places and things. Peer group influence is the single biggest obstacle for teens trying to live a drug and alcohol free life. Many youth struggle with remaining alcohol and drug free, because it is difficult for them to establish a supportive group of friends who they can relate to who are not using substances. For those teens who are returning from inpatient treatment or rehab programs, an APG program like The UP Foundation gives young people a community to return to of friends who are not using, staying clean and having fun. It is clear that young people who get this type of support have a much greater likelihood of success.