The Adolescent Substance Abuse Program
NOTE: The ASAP Program is now held mostly online. We will return to conducting Initial Assessments in-person on March 1, 2021, as that can be done safely, but of course all group therapy will continue to be conducted safely by Telehealth, through the ZOOM platform, as per CDC guidelines.
Teen Drug Treatment
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 long 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 30th year. All ASAP programming is based on evidence-based, "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 -- we invite the reader to click on the "Free Resources" page to view more than 100 powerful testimonials hand-written by former ASAP parents and teens.
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 the ASAP Teen and Parent Homework 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 evidence-based and follows "best practices". No smoking is ever allowed at ASAP, 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 now also contracted with the following four AHCCCS plans: United Healthcare Community Plan, Magellan Complete Care, Care1st Health Plan, and Steward Health Choice Plan. For more information, call (602) 434-0249. Some of our contracts include:
Biographical Sketches of the Key Staff
The ASAP Program was founded by the pioneering work of three psychologists 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 ASAP, while Dr. Walling remains as the Clinical Director. The ASAP Program in 2020 remains proudly true to the original vision of these three men. Here are the current key staff:
Dr. Curtis Walling. Curtis Walling, Ph.D. is a 4th-generation native Arizonan, proud to say he was born and raised in Phoenix. Dr. Walling knows the Phoenix-area communities and the mental health community very well. 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 as a licensed psychologist since 1987. He 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 a Clinical Director of the ASAP Program, he was an original founder of the ASAP Program in 1991 and remains the owner and Chief Executive Officer today in 2020. Dr. Walling's clinical supervision and many years of clinical expertise helps to establish the core of the ASAP Program.
Dr. Tyler Davis. Tyler Davis, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who currently provides key leadership 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 the 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 current Clinical Director 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. You will reach Dr. Davis when you call ASAP at (602) 434-0249. Dr. Davis's ready availability, and the close partnership he forms with parents and close communication he maintains with parents, is certainly a key to the success of the Program.
Sue Yoder. Sue Yoder, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working with the ASAP Program almost since its inception. ASAP was launched in 1991, Sue was one of our first interns and we have been blessed to keep her with us ever since she started as an intern in 1993. Originally the Assessment Coordinator, Sue has held virtually every position and completed virtually every task at ASAP over the years. Currently Sue conducts all utilization management for ASAP, as well as assisting with financial information with families and health insurance challenges. She has also been a dynamic part of the team assisting with clinical supervision and program development over the years. It is fair to say there is nothing about the ASAP Program that Sue does not know. For the past 8 years, Sue has also provided clinical case management, group therapy, and utilization management at Banner Behavioral Health Hospital -- she is very familiar with all levels of care. Sue also has experience in private practice and PHP. Count on Sue as well as Dr. Walling and Dr. Davis to answer any question about the ASAP Program.
ASAP Program Top 10 FAQ's
1. How long has the organization been in existence?
Three psychologists, Dr. Curtis Walling, Dr. Mark Rohde, and Dr. Phil Lett, started the ASAP Organization in 1991 when no program of its kind existed in the Valley. In 2020 Dr.'s Rohde and Lett retired from the Program, and the Program is still owned and operated to this day, nearly 30 years later, by Dr. Walling and his staff.
2. How long is the ASAP Program?
The ASAP Program is intensive group therapy, three evenings per week for 10 weeks. Or, more precisely, 30 group therapy sessions. The teens attend all three sessions per week, and the parents attend one night-- Parent Night -- with their teens each week.
3. Do Parents benefit from the Program?
Yes, as mentioned in #2, parents attend group therapy along with their teen one night/week. We work with and for the parents as much as we work with and for the teens. Families move together through the process of recovery.
4. Do you drug test?
Yes, drug testing must be a critical component of any successful treatment program for teens. ASAP utilizes the top Norchem Lab out of Flagstaff for the very best tests and results from urine drug testing.
5. Is there any particular theoretical philosophy?
No, since its inception in 1991 ASAP has been dedicated to a philosophy of "whatever works" in getting teens clean. All techniques and procedures are evidence-based, best practices, and proven by clinical and research results.
6. Is the Staff trained?
ASAP staff are all professionally trained, two Licensed Psychologists lead the team and several Licensed Therapists serve as Lead Therapists and they are also aided by doctoral-level and master's-level interns.
7. What are some of the topics covered?
1) Understanding Adolescent Chemical Use and Dependency, 2) Feelings and Emotional Healing, 3) Communication and Conflict Resolution, 4) Physical and Behavioral Effects of Use, 5) Family Systems Part I, 6) Relapse Prevention Process and Techniques, 7) Understanding Anger, 8) Family Systems Part II, 9) Thoughts and Beliefs and their Role in Substance Use, and 10) Grief and Loss.
8. What is the geographic coverage of the Program?
The three ASAP sites, located strategically in Mesa, Glendale, and Phoenix/Scottsdale, cover the entire Valley, but of course during Covid-19 the Program has been run with the same great effectiveness online via the ZOOM platform.
9. What coping skills are the teens taught?
Consequences of Use/ Psychopharmacology of Chemical Use/ Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors/ Conflict Resolution/ Communication Skills/ Relapse Prevention/ Peer Pressure/ Dealing with Relapse/ Family Systems/ Enjoying Sobriety/ Grief and Loss/ The Past and Future/ The Recovery Model/ Barriers to Recovery/ High Risk Situations/ Aftercare Planning/ Recovery Models/ Peer Selection/ Patterns of Use/ Relapse Mapping/ Dealing with Family Members/ Refusal Skills/ Recovery Programs
10. Do you have a history of success?
Very Much so. In fact, ASAP is the only Program of its kind to be successful in the Valley for the past 30 years. Ample evidence of the quality of the ASAP Program is perhaps best present in the form of more than 100 hand-written testimonials that appear on the ASAP website at www.asapaz.com.
Key staff: Dr. Walling, Sue Yoder, Dr. Davis
The Group room at the ASAP Glendale site