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Parents who are considering treatment for their children often have many questions.

Below are some of the most common questions we hear from parents.  Click on the questions to reveal answers below.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to call us at 513-792-1272.

Won’t the other kids in the program negatively influence my child?

Some parents are concerned that attending TRIP group sessions will have a negative influence on their child.  Unfortunately, most kids who start IOP treatment already have a group of friends who regularly use substances, sometimes every day.  This friend group may also apply pressure on your child and others to do the same.

To minimize any risk, TRIP clients are directly supervised 100% of the time they are on site.  ASAP also employs strict rules forbidding client contact outside of treatment.  We ask parents to aid in this process by providing oversight at home while teens engage in treatment.

There are multiple research studies that have evaluated this concern.  Uniformly, studies indicate that the benefits of attending group therapy far outweigh any risks that treatment could make a teen’s problems worse.  Surrounding your teen with positive influences is a critical component of recovery – we are confident that watching peers experience success with recovery will help your child to follow suit.

Why is group therapy the best choice for treating adolescent substance abuse?

It is sometimes hard to pinpoint exactly why a particular type of therapy is more successful than others.  The variables associated with social science research methods often cloud the waters when it comes to definitive answers to this question.

Here’s what we do know:

Therapy outcomes for substance using teens engaged in group treatment routinely outperform those in individual treatment.  This is likely due to the significant influence peers play in teen behavior.  Just as a teen’s behavior shifts in line with others in their social circle, teens will also change when surrounded by others in active recovery. It is believed that engaging with others who experience similar issues will help your teen to establish total abstinence from drugs and alcohol.  Teens are more likely to listen to their peers and thus, are more likely to receive productive feedback and fully engage in the recovery process.

I think my child has ADHD, can ASAP help me?

ASAP recognizes the high rates of comoborbidty between ADHD and substance use disorders.  Often teens who display the traits associated with ADHD like impulsivity and deriving pleasure from thrill-seeking activities, are also more willing to experiment with alcohol and other drugs.

Effective treatment of ADHD typically engages a teen in behavioral therapy and medication.  ASAP follows best practice guidelines to treat substance use and other issues simultaneously.  To do so, ASAP hires staff who come from a variety of professional disciplines.  Our staff includes psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, and psychiatrists.  The diversity of ASAP’s clinicians helps us to match our interventions to the specific issues your teen is experiencing.

If we find that we are not the best fit to meet your teen’s needs, ASAP will link you to an appropriate referral source who can.

I have other children and a busy schedule, how will treatment fit into our lives?

We understand that this is an overwhelming time for you and your family. We hope that even in a moment of crisis, ASAP can instill hope that things can and will get better.  However, getting help for your child’s drug and alcohol issues takes time, willingness, and effort.

Research shows that those teens who engage in short-term intensive treatment are more likely to avoid experiencing the devastating effects of lifelong addiction.  ASAP believes that by helping teens start their personal recovery early in life, we provide them with a greater ability to follow their goals and dreams.  That is, a little investment up front offers greater rewards down the road.

We understand this illness can have a major impact on your family’s life and we are here to help you navigate a path back to a healthy and happy family.

My child needs a letter for court and/or school. Can you help me?

ASAP works with courts, schools, and employers to provide letters addressing assessment results, treatment progress, and completion status.  ASAP requires a 1-week lead time for the completion of all formal correspondence.  There is a $50 fee for all letters.

What if I am not sure my child’s alcohol/drug use is really as severe as you are saying?

We know how difficult it can be to receive troubling news about your child.  To ensure we are following best practices, ASAP utilizes criteria established by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  We utilize clinical interviews, psychological testing, and parental evaluations to draw impressions about your child’s issues.  Additionally, each ASAP staff member has specialized training to identify and treat adolescent substance use problems.

We are well aware of the negative stigma attached to drug and alcohol problems and take great measures to ensure the accuracy of each assessment we complete.  Should you disagree with the recommendations you received, we are always happy to confer with you and provide a referral for seeking a second opinion.

How do you know my child’s problem is really in need of intensive treatment?

In the past parents have voiced concerns about entering their child in “intensive” treatment.  Although intensive outpatient (TRIP) is a more structured treatment (and more commitment per week) than traditional outpatient therapy, it is much less restrictive than higher levels of care such as partial hospitalization, residential, or acute detox.

We encourage parents to research the ASAM criteria to become more familiar with the established standards for substance use disorder treatment.  Learning more about what types of behaviors are associated with intensive outpatient recommendations may help parents recognize the benefit the treatment will provide your child.

What do we do if we have a vacation planned?

Decisions to suspend a vacation are left to a family’s discretion.  We recommend not missing more than 3 consecutive sessions in a row. We recommend that you consult with your child’s care manager or an ASAP staff member. We understand that some absences cannot be avoided and we do our best to work with family conflicts.

Please note: Your insurance reserves the right to restrict your benefits should you miss during treatment.

Can my child attend just some of the weekly IOP sessions?

If you choose to enter your child in the TRIP (intensive outpatient) program, they will attend 3 sessions per week.  The TRIP program is based on industry standards for intensive outpatient treatment, delivering nine total hours of therapy per week.  This level of care is designed to meet the needs of clients with diagnosable substance use disorders.  In order to accommodate complex family schedules, ASAP offers two tracks, TRIP weekend and TRIP weekday.

We understand that conflicts can arise throughout the course of treatment. We ask that parents and teens alert staff to ensure teens do not miss pertinent information on days they were absent from treatment.

What will this cost me?

ASAP is contracted with all major insurance companies that have subscribers in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.  Please call us directly to get specific information about your insurance status and the benefits you are entitled to for substance abuse treatment.

What is continuing care and will my child need it?

The continuing care program is a weekly 1-hour group therapy session that helps teens to maintain progress made in the TRIP program.  Any client who has successfully completed the TRIP program is eligible to participate.  Clients are charged $20 per session and attend once weekly for 20 weeks.

Research indicates that the longer adolescents engage in treatment/recovery, the more likely they are to experience positive outcomes.  As such, ASAP provides the continuing care program to help teens maintain connection to ASAP staff, connect to other successful teens, and continue identifying a life in recovery.  ASAP believes attendance at continuing care is essential to your child’s ongoing growth.  Additionally, ASAP recommends teens attend NA/AA/SMART Recovery meetings and hosts two weekly meetings at our facility.

Do you drug screen kids in CHOICES, TRIP and aftercare?

Teens that attend the TRIP program are subject to random drug screens.  Clients provide at least one screen weekly.  There is no additional charge for these drug screens under typical circumstances as they are bundled into the cost of the TRIP sessions.

For teens attending CHOICES, continuing care, or individual therapy, drug testing is not bundled in the cost.  If a parent wishes to test their teen you can:

  1. Have ASAP can test your child using our forensic drug testing procedure.
  2. Buy at-home testing kits from ASAP staff.
  3. Purchase at-home testing kits from a drug store.

What can I do to prevent my child from relapse?

Relapse episodes can be very disheartening for parents, especially when they have invested great resources into their child’s treatment.  However, it is important to recognize that addiction is a relapsing/remitting condition.  What is most important about a relapse event is that both you and your child learn from the experience and work to avoid the same situations in the future.  Regardless of the level of care you are recommended for, ASAP will help to make meaning of relapse events and work with you to reduce their reoccurrence.

What can I do to improve my child’s chances of success in treatment?

Change is difficult – it is difficult for parents as well as teenagers.  Perhaps the biggest key to helping your child is to model behaviors that you wish to see them adopt.  This is particularly true with relation to your personal substance use and the decision to follow through with ASAP treatment recommendations.  If teens believe their parents see value in treatment, they are more likely to benefit.  After all, research shows that the best predictors of success in substance use treatment are quick enrollment, attendance at all sessions, and completion of a program.

Although they may not fit all family’s needs, the following pointers can help parents improve the likelihood of success while engaging in ASAP treatment:

  1. Be a positive role model by exhibiting healthy behaviors and a willingness to acknowledge your faults.
  2. Set clear limits with your child with an expectation for total abstinence.
  3. Encourage your child to engage in new activities.
  4. Share meals together, without cell phones or other distractions.
  5. Plan for dedicated family time or activities.
  6. Talk to your child about their friends and help them identify which of their friends are true supportive relationships and which are “using buddies.”
  7. Attend Nar-anon or Al-anon meetings while encouraging your child to attend 12-step meetings.
  8. Establish clear about rules and expectations for your child’s behavior.
  9. Discuss your child’s issues with trusted others.
  10. Allow your child to experience the natural consequences of their substance use.

Although setting limits with your teenager can be difficult, it is imperative to helping them live a life in recovery.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to ASAP at 513.792.1272.

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