The ASAP Treatment Model

The ASAP Program consists of our own uniquely successful blend of Intensive Group Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing Techniques, Parent Training, Family-based Therapy, Drug Testing, and Peer Support.  The ASAP Program has been proven successful by 28 consecutive years of consistent clinical success with more than 5,000 families from across every community in the Phoenix metropolitan area.  The particular ASAP blend of treatment techniques is broadly supported by the latest and best clinical research-- see for example the Advances in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment study that appears on the Free Resources page.

 

Here are the key details for the ASAP Program:

1. Three outpatient treatment sites provide convenient coverage to the entire Phoenix metro area:

  • 2530 S. Alma School Road in Mesa, serving the East Valley

  • 3839 E. Shea Blvd. in Phoenix, serving Phoenix, the Northeast Valley and Scottsdale

  • 8607 N. 59th Avenue in Glendale, serving the West Valley

2. The ASAP IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) is 10 weeks in duration (or 30 sessions to be precise).  Adolescents ages 12-18 attend group therapy three evening sessions per week.  Parents are required to attend one of these sessions each week in Multifamily therapy, where parents receive help and education and counseling as well.  Random and for-cause urinalysis is conducted to assess possible substance use and to monitor treatment compliance.  Parents are also taught how to use urinalysis effectively at home.

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 has been our commitment since 1991.  The curriculum 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 "managed care friendly".  Close relationships are maintained with a number of hospitals and behavioral health professionals across the Phoenix metro area to provide a continuum of care.

5. Careful referral and step-down care to 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 the best use of available resources. Satisfaction Surveys are collected from adolescents and parents at discharge, and follow-up Outcome Studies are conducted following graduation to assess the long-term efficacy of ASAP treatment and suggest improvements.

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.   Drug rehab is not a place for minors to make friends.   The best solution is for teens to re-build a social

      support network of non-using friends.

4.   Family participation is essential.  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.  Rigorous honesty, lifestyle evaluation, and often

      broad life, family, peer and relationship changes are fundamental to long-term successful recovery.

Treatment Components 

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 can include Drug Education, Coping Skills Training, Emotional Processing, and Multi-Family Therapy components.  We will break down these components here:

Drug Education -

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:

  • 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

Coping Skills Training -

In the Coping Skills 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:

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Family Systems

  • Recovery Models

  • Peer Selection

  • Patterns of Use

  • Problem Solving

  • Barriers to Recovery

  • Peer Pressure

  • Relapse Mapping

  • Dealing with Family Members

  • Refusal Skills

  • Recovery Programs

Emotional Processing -

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 or led them to use substances to self-medicate.

 

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 - 

The Multi-Family component 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

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