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The ASAP Treatment Model

Three Locations

Admission Information & Procedures


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ASAP stands for Adolescent Substance Abuse Program. The Adolescent Substance Abuse IOP Program is owned and operated by three psychologists who specialize in the outpatient treatment of adolescent substance abuse: Dr. Curtis Walling, Dr. Phil Lett, and Dr. Mark Rhode. These three psychologists have joined together to build Arizona's finest treatment program for adolescents suffering with substance abuse problems. Some of the sources of excellence at ASAP include the following:

1. Three outpatient treatment facilities provide coverage to the entire Phoenix metropolitan area:

2. The ASAP IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) is 10 weeks in duration. Adolescents attend group therapy three evening sessions per week. Parents are required to attend one of these sessions each week in Multifamily therapy. Random and for-cause urinalysis is conducted to assess possible substance use and to monitor treatment compliance.

3. A research-based curriculum is utilized as the basis of instruction at each site to guide the education, coping skills training, and emotional healing of substance abusing adolescents. Only proven interventions are accepted as part of the ASAP curriculum. This "best practices" focus is constantly updated to reflect the latest research and clinical evidence regarding "what works" in the treatment of adolescent substance abuse.

4. ASAP is designed for maximum cooperation with referral sources and other treatment facilities. Specialized report forms and reporting mechanisms have been designed to direct necessary clinical information to case managers for ongoing utilization review, making ASAP very "managed care friendly".

5. Careful referral to step-down care in individual and/or family therapy is completed for of all ASAP graduates to continue progress. At graduation ASAP will make suggestions to the teen and family regarding best use of available resources. Satisfaction Surveys are collected from adolescents and parents at discharge, and follow-up Outcome Studies may be conducted following graduation to assess the long-term efficacy of ASAP treatment and suggest improvements.

To refer a teen to the IOP Program, or for more information, call the ASAP Intake Coordinator at (602) 434-0249

ASAP Treatment Philosophy

1. Adolescents present unique developmental issues that influence all areas of treatment. Adult treatment models are ineffective with adolescents.

2. Alcohol and drug abuse are crippling problems for the adolescent, the adolescent's family, and society. Alcohol and drug abuse are potentially life threatening.

3. Treatment must be individualized, flexible and creative and at the same time provide needed structure for the individual and the family in crisis.

4. Family participation is critical. Treatment is most often successful when the family moves together through the difficult process of healing and changing.

5. Successful treatment requires more than just attendance. Honest lifestyle evaluation and meaningful life changes are fundamental to successful recovery.

Following acceptance into the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, treatment begins immediately. The primary modality utilized is group therapy. Each group therapy session is three hours in length and includes Drug Education, Coping Skills Training, and Emotional Processing components.

Drug Education: Knowing the Self and the Disease

The Drug Education component is designed to provide critical information and actively involve adolescent clients in hands-on learning activities. All adolescents, no matter how experienced, need more and better information. The following topics are covered:

Coping Skills Training: Acquiring The Skills To Be Different

In the Training component adolescents and family members receive instruction and then practice the skills necessary to successfully manage recovery. Role-playing, homework assignments, and verbal presentations are among the technique that may be used. The topics include:

Emotional Processing: Uncovering and Healing of Emotions

The third component of each ASAP group therapy session is Emotional Processing. The focus here is emotional recovery, where adolescents work through the life experiences and emotions that have kept them blocked. The therapist will lead the adolescents through the process of getting to the "heart" of their feelings, thoughts and behaviors. No treatment can be considered complete without this emotional healing process. Emotional healing allows the adolescent and parents the best chance for uniting the family and enjoying long term recovery.

Multi-Family Therapy
: Families Re-bounding and Growing Together

Multi-Family night follows the same format as above, except that the Drug Education, Coping Skills Training and Emotional Processing components focus directly on family dynamics. The Multi-Family concept places emphasis on families confronting, helping and supporting each other. Trust and healthy communication is renewed in each family. Conflict resolution techniques are taught to enable calm to return to the home environment as soon as possible. The normal stresses of family life are addressed, as are the extraordinary stresses that inevitable accompany teen drug use. Homework assignments are assigned to each family that foster re-bonding through sober recreation. Hands-on skills training for each family member includes the following areas:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Building Family Support
  • The Past and Future
  • Negotiating
  • Sibling Influence
  • Family Duties
  • Parent Stresses
  • Recovery Skills
  • The Fair Fight
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relapse Issues
  • Home Contracts
  • Family Recreation
  • School and work issues