Early Intervention Services

for Alcohol and Other Drug Use

clientuploads/The_Youth_Council/teen_group.jpgWhen parents suspect or know that their child is involved with alcohol or other drugs, it is important that they have a clear understanding of what is going on, and how life-threatening the child's use is.

What's the concern?

The human brain is still developing throughout the teen years. New research on substance use in the teen years shows that it can cause long-lasting harm to thinking abilities. We want to help young people experimenting with alcohol and other drugs learn to make healthier choices. In up to 8 sessions, we use best-practice tools to help identify the level of concern and provide further education, intervention and referrals as needed.

Each year, an estimated 5,000 people under 21 die from alcohol-related injuries. Alcohol is a factor in about 4 out of every 10 deaths from car crashes, drownings, burns, falls and other unintentional injuries. Further, the younger a person is when s/he starts drinking, the greater his or her chance of becoming addicted. More than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become alcoholics. In addition, for young people using marijuana, its effect on driving skills indicates that THC concentrations of 7-10ng/ml may produce similar impairments to blood alcohol concentrations of .05%. Further, studies show that initiation of marijuana use is also associated with fighting, truancy and stealing (Guxens, 2007).

The Youth Council staff are specifically trained to help families identify the depth of their child's involvement with alcohol and other drugs and make recommendations for further intervention when needed.

What's the process?

Call our Intake Worker at (603) 889-1090 to set up a time to meet with our counselor -- or complete our Online Intake Information Form.

We will complete a substance abuse assessment with both the young person and the parent(s) using standardized assessment tools (GAIN, SASSI, etc.) and an interview.

Based on the outcome of that assessment, we will work with you to develop the right "road map" for your family. Options include participating in the Challenge Program or Prime for Life education sessions individually or with a small group, enrolling in individual/family counseling and/or linking you with outside service providers that will be able to address additional difficulties beyond what we can offer.

We accept several types of insurance for our screening and assessment services, and also have a sliding fee scale for families that self-pay, based on income and family size.

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