Won’t the other kids in the program negatively influence my child?
If your child is referred to the ASAP TRIP (Total Recovery in Progress) program it means that s/he has reached a level of abuse that s/he already knows how to get alcohol and drugs. We encourage our clients to get to know people who have already committed to recovery. This way, the influences of recovery, the treatment staff, and parents who are now educated will have a positive influence.
Why is group therapy the best choice for treating substance abuse?
Group therapy allows for education and a type of feedback that is not available with an individual treatment process. Often an adolescent’s desire to avoid group help is a part of the denial process — if we keep this private, it will go away. Peer interaction helps the adolescent recognize that the drugs are controlling their decisions and actions.
Just like an infection, an addiction will not disappear because we want it to. The recommended treatment for those with substance abuse is initially group treatment, with individual interventions being added after the primary treatment phase.
I think my child has AD/HD, how can you help me?
ASAP works with other treatment professionals to help your child cope with his/her AD/HD. This learning difficulty is closely related to impulsivity and substance abuse. It can impact negatively on an adolescent’s ability to stay clean and sober because of how these individuals cope with boredom. If you feel that your child would benefit from a
referral/recommendation to see a counselor one-on-one to deal with AD/HD in addition to the substance abuse treatment, let us know.
I have other children and a busy schedule, how will treatment fit into our lives?
Our education program meets just once a week for four weeks. If Intensive Outpatient treatment is recommended, we understand that it is a large time commitment. Like other serious illnesses, it takes time and focus to become healthy. Substance Abuse is primarily a health issue that has significant behavioral elements. ASAP offers two IOP programs, one on weekdays and one on the weekend in order to best accommodate
We understand this illness has already had an impact on your family’s life – otherwise, you wouldn’t be here trying to help your adolescent.
My child needs a letter for court and/or school. Can you help me?
ASAP often writes brief letters to courts, probation officers, and schools following an assessment or for adolescents in one of our programs. There is no extra charge for these letters. There is a charge for more extensive professional letters.
What if I am not sure my child’s problem is really as severe as you are saying?
We take each assessment very seriously and provide you with our professional clinical evaluation. This assessment uses a clinical interview, two self-tests, and the parent evaluation to make our recommendation. This recommendation is made utilizing the criteria established by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Each of our staff members has many years of experience working with adolescents who have substance abuse diagnoses and performs many assessments each year.
If you believe that your child does not have a problem as severe as we diagnose, you can always choose to get a second opinion.
How do you know my child’s problem is really in need of Intensive treatment?
We find that sometimes parents are in shock upon hearing that their child has a serious substance abuse problem and wish that the problem weren’t as severe as it turns out to be. Each of our staff members has many years of experience working with adolescents who have substance abuse diagnoses and performs many assessments each year. We also perform quality controls and provider in-services for our staff to continually improve the quality of our evaluations and care.
The TRIP IOP treatment program is based on what research has shown to be the most effective type of outpatient treatment for adolescents with substance abuse.
What do we do if we have a vacation planned?
If your child is progressing in treatment and you feel comfortable going on vacation ASAP is willing to extend treatment as long as the vacation does not include the client missing more than 3 sessions in a row. Please see our staff if you have questions or concerns about an upcoming vacation.
Can my child attend just 2 of the 3 weekly IOP sessions? We are very busy.
Professionals (and your insurance company) believe that the nine hours a week are essential to break through denial and help the substance abuser accept responsibility for his/her behaviors. We offer two programs (weekday and weekend) to help accommodate your family’s schedule. We understand that on occasion there are conflicts that are unavoidable. When this happens, it is very important to let our staff know before the missed session.
What will this cost me?
This question is based on your insurance company. ASAP is contracted with all of the major insurance companies that have enrollees in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. Our staff can give you more information during the intake process.
I read about aftercare in your literature, what is it and will my child need it?
Aftercare is a weekly group run by an ASAP professional that continues beyond the initial stage of Intensive Outpatient. Any client that has graduated from TRIP is eligible to participate. There is no charge and it lasts for 6 months.
Every research study on adolescent recovery asserts that the longer you can keep a teen engaged in the treatment process, the better outcome s/he will have. ASAP sees aftercare is a ‘step-down’ from our more intense program. We believe that it is essential that your child participate.
In addition, ASAP strongly recommends NA and AA to our graduates. We feel so strongly about mutual support groups that 4 meetings are required to graduate and ASAP hosts the only Young Peoples NA group in Cincinnati at our facility at 7PM on Tuesdays
Do you drug screen kids in CHOICES, TRIP and aftercare?
Because CHOICES is a brief educational process, drug testing is not included. If a parent wants to drug test their child, they have three choices. 1) ASAP can test using our forensic drug testing procedure; 2) ASAP can sell you at home testing kits at a nominal cost; or 3) you can buy tests from Walgreens, Walmart, etc.
ASAP only drug tests in aftercare at a parent’s request. You can ask the staff about the cost for these tests.
In the TRIP intensive outpatient program, ASAP randomly tests for drugs and alcohol a minimum of one time per week. There is no additional cost except under extraordinary circumstances.
What can I do to prevent my child from relapses?
Don’t we wish there was a simple answer.
Relapse by adolescents is a major disappointment for parents and treatment professionals. It can be a life threatening experience for the adolescent. Studies have found that the recovery rate for adolescents after substance abuse can be as low as 16%.
Why is the rate so low?
First we need to understand that compliance to a change in lifestyle is difficult for adolescents (the same can be said for adults). Whether it is an illness like alcohol or drug dependency or diabetes or doing chores or homework change is hard. The keys to helping your adolescent accept the need to be different and take personal responsibility for his/her behaviors are to influence the development of a willingness to be different. The following is a list of 10 steps that you can do that might help:
- Set a model for your teen with healthy behaviors and a willingness to acknowledge your own faults.
- Don’t permit adolescent alcohol or drug use at your home or in your presence.
- Encourage new activities.
- Have meals together, without distractions.
- Plan for family time on a regular basis.
- Help him/her change friendships.
- Go to Ala-non or Nar-anon while helping your child get to 12 step meetings.
- Set clear rules and boundaries.
- Acknowledge to those who are close that your child has a problem.
- Don’t shield your adolescent from the consequences of his/her behavior.
Helping your child understand that being clean and sober is in his/her best interest will further the goal of a healthier and product life.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask your ASAP professional.