Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents

Liberty Resources Integrated Health Care is collaborating with The Seven Challenges® to bring this evidence based substance abuse and co-occurring disorders treatment program to adolescents in Central New York.

The Seven Challenges Program is designed for adolescent substance abusing or substance dependent individuals, to motivate a decision and commitment to change. It helps young people look at themselves, understand what it takes to give up a drug abusing lifestyle—and prepare for and attain success when they commit to making changes.

Developmentally Appropriate
The Seven Challenges Program helps young people master developmental tasks—to define their own identity, to learn systematic logical thinking and to prepare for adults roles—as they think about and examine their lives, their drug use, and the potential impact of their drug use upon their future. The Seven Challenges Program addresses the drug use behavior, the underlying causes (including psychological and co-occurring problems), and lifestyle issues.

Based on the latest research and evaluation literature, in particular findings about:

  • The underlying and co-occurring psychological problems that typically accompany drug use and put youth at risk of such abuse
  • The stages of change in overcoming drug problems
  • Preparing individuals to change through motivational enhancement
  • Resiliency
  • Counseling outcomes
  • Relapse prevention

All treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation designed to identify problems and concerns for the adolescent and family. Following the evaluation, a therapist will work with the client and family to determine the goals of treatment.

Treatment modalities may include:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Sessions
  • Substance Abuse Education
  • Seven Challenges Journaling
  • Seven Challenges Group
  • Relapse Prevention

To succeed in working with youth, The Seven Challenges Program places a special emphasis on creating a climate of mutual respect within which individuals can talk openly and honestly about themselves. We engage young people in actively thinking about their alcohol or other drug use, and its effect upon their lives.

Working through The Seven Challenges helps youth understand what needs they are meeting by using drugs, what harm they are causing, what risks they are taking, and what it entails to give up a drug using lifestyle. We raise consciousness, inspire hope, and motivate internally driven, sincere decisions to change.

Liberty Resources clinicians join with youth and their families as problem-solving partners. We help young people overcome co-occurring problems and learn to meet their needs in positive ways so they are in a position from which they can sincerely make a commitment to change. Once such decisions are made, we teach the tools and provide the support that ensures success.

To make an appointment or get more information, please call the Liberty Resources Behavioral Health office at: 315-472-4471.