The Adolescent Substance Abuse Program
NOTE: The ASAP Program is now online
The Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (commonly known as "ASAP") has proudly proven itself Arizona's finest outpatient counseling program for young people ages 12-18 involved with drugs and alcohol since 1991.
ASAP is a 10-week Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) designed specifically for the treatment of substance use disorders in youth ages 12-18. Group therapy is the primary treatment modality -- group therapy has proven the most effective technique with teen substance use. At ASAP the teens attend group therapy three nights per week for 10 weeks, for a total of 30 group therapy sessions, and their parents also get help when they attend one of those sessions each week with their teen, at Parent Night. Urine drug testing is utilized as a critical tool to verify that teens are no longer using addictive substances.
In 2020 ASAP will proudly celebrate its 29th year. All ASAP programming is based on research proven, "best practices" interventions. Designed by three Phoenix-area psychologists, Dr. Phil Lett, Dr. Mark Rohde and Dr. Curtis Walling, the ASAP IOP Program pursues the "real-world" changes in home, family, peer, and school environments that yield lasting sobriety and a vastly improved quality of life for the entire family. The goal of the ASAP IOP Program is to help teens and families re-establish a sober, safe, and mutually supportive relationship. At ASAP we are proud of our long history of treatment success with teens-- we invite the reader to click on the "Free Resources" page to view more than 100 powerful testimonials hand-written by former ASAP parents.
In the ASAP program active participation is required of both adolescents and their parents. Treatment includes comprehensive admission evaluation, drug education, coping skills training, emotional processing, group therapy, multifamily therapy, and urine drug testing. An eclectic treatment model and an eclectic staff are utilized to approach adolescents from many diverse angles. The ASAP Handbook and FAQ's orient adolescents and their parents to the ASAP program. The ASAP Curriculum is utilized as an effective teaching tool at all sites, and ASAP handouts are utilized for growth-oriented homework assignments. Parents are taught techniques for urine drug testing at home that can serve as the best deterrent of ongoing drug use. Outcome studies and satisfaction surveys are conducted to measure treatment success and provide the feedback necessary for continuous quality improvement. All ASAP treatment is research-based and follows "best practices". No smoking is never allowed in ASAP facilities, and strict adherence to the highest ethical standards is maintained. You will find our website easy to use-- we believe the simplest website is best. ASAP is proudly committed to changing the lives of teens and families!
ASAP contracts with all major private health insurance companies, including Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, United (Optum), Ambetter (MHN), HealthNet, Humana, Magellan, Beacon, ComPsych, Multiplan, AZ Foundation, Mines and Associates, Meritain, HMC, Value Options, AmeriBen, Coventry/First Health, and many more. ASAP is not contracted with AHCCCS and cannot treat AHCCCS patients. For more information, parents and interested parties should call (602) 434-0249.
Biographical Sketches of the Founders and current key staff
The ASAP Program is best understood by introducing the three psychologists that founded the Program back in 1991: Dr. Phil Lett, Dr. Mark Rohde, and Dr. Curtis Walling. As of January 1, 2020, Dr.'s Lett and Rohde have retired from the Program, while Dr. Walling remains as the Clinical Director. The ASAP Program in 2020 remains proudly true to the original vision of these three men.
Curtis Walling, Ph.D. - Dr. Walling is a 4th generation native Arizonan, proud to say he was born and raised in Phoenix. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Florida in 1987. Dr Walling has worked in private practice since 1987, and completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship at the Boston VA Outpatient Clinic, specializing in the treatment of substance use disorders, adolescents, and developmental disorders. Dr Walling has held past appointments as Director of Psychology at Charter Hospital, Clinical Director at Devereux Arizona, and Director of Outpatient Chemical Dependency at Phoenix St. Luke's Hospital. Dr Walling currently serves as the Clinical Director of the ASAP Program, overseeing daily operations and providing clinical supervision to all ASAP staff. Dr Walling also operates a private practice in Mesa, Arizona. You will reach Dr Walling, who continues to serve as the ASAP Program Clinical Director, when you call ASAP at (602) 434-0249. Dr. Walling's availability and the close partnership Dr. Walling and his staff form with parents is a key feature of the ASAP Program.
Phillip D. Lett, Ph.D. - Dr. Lett is a licensed psychologist who has been practicing in the Phoenix area since 1989. He began his career working with children and adolescents in 1978 at a youth rehabilitative services campus. He was the founder of Professional Psychology Associates, PC. and the Center for Lifestyle Change. His interests and specialties include addictive behavior, psychological assessment, neuropsychology, learning disabilities, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. Dr. Lett is a member of the National Register of health Service Providers in Psychology, holds a Certificate of Proficiency in Psychoactive Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment from the American Psychological Association School of Professional Psychology, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Disability Management Specialist. He also holds a certificate of completion meeting all requirements as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) as required by Department of Transportation (DOT) 40 CFR Part 40.281 (2). Dr. Lett is retired from the ASAP Program as of January 1, 2020.
Mark Rohde, Ph.D. - Dr. Rohde is a licensed psychologist with Family Psych Associates, a multi-specialty practice. He has been in practice in Metro Phoenix since 1978 after serving in administrative positions in a community mental health center and a residential treatment center. In addition to his role with ASAP, Dr. Rohde is a principal of BehavoriaLogic, a software development firm, and is Vice-President of notMYkid.org, a not-for-profit parent-help organization. He has expertise in the assessment and treatment of addictive disorders, learning difficulties, attention deficits, and a variety of challenges faced by children, adolescents, and families. In addition to individual and family therapy, Dr. Rohde conducts counseling groups for children and teens. Dr. Rohde holds Diplomate status with the American Academy of Assessment Psychology and specialty credentialing from the APA College of Professional Psychology for addictive disorders. His doctorate is from Union Graduate School and he has completed three years of post-graduate training in family systems therapy. Dr. Rohde is retired from the ASAP Program as of January 1, 2020.
Tyler Davis, Psy.D. - Psychologist Dr. Tyler Davis now provides key leadership, in concert with Dr. Walling, at all three ASAP Program locations. Dr. Davis originally came to ASAP to complete his predoctoral internship in 2009. After earning his Psy.D. degree from Argosy University, Arizona School of Professional Psychology, in 2012, Dr. Davis accepted the position of ASAP Program Clinical Coordinator. He earned licensure in Arizona as a psychologist in 2014. As the Clinical Coordinator at ASAP, Dr. Davis performs critical assessment, therapy, training, and leadership functions at all three ASAP Program locations. Dr. Davis conducts the admission assessments to determine eligibility for admission to the ASAP Program. He also serves as the Lead Therapist conducting the Parent Night group therapy at both the Paradise Valley and Glendale ASAP locations. In addition to his work at ASAP, Dr. Davis operates his own successful private practice in Glendale with specialties that include psychotherapy and forensic evaluations of teens and families.
Key staff: Dr. Walling, Sue Yoder, Dr. Davis
The Group room at the ASAP Glendale site