Older teens and young adults dealing with substance use challenges have a new treatment option. The Barry Robinson Center (BRC) recently launched an intensive outpatient program (IOP) specifically for youth ages 18-24.
To provide the best possible care for young adults, the new IOP uses The Seven Challenges®. BRC already uses this treatment approach successfully in its adolescent IOP and residential dual diagnosis program.
The Seven Challenges® program helps reach and engage young adults with something beyond a “one size fits all” treatment approach.
“We developed our Young Adult IOP to fill a gap in existing community services for substance use treatment,” explained Jennifer Stolpe, CSAC, program director. “At age 18 to 24, young people are not adults yet. Their brains have not fully developed.
“Many of these youth are aging out of adolescent treatment programs, but still need help. The only other option are adult programs, which can have people from ages 18 to 70+,” she continued. “It’s hard for these young people to relate to adults with kids and careers who have been struggling with substance misuse for many years.”
The Seven Challenges® uses cognitive therapy, motivational interviewing, skill building and relapse prevention to help youth take a look at what’s happening in their lives. And it avoids the pitfall of teaching young adults to be drug free before they realize that they want to be drug free.
“Although many age 18+ programs exist in Virginia, BRC’s program will focus on young adults who are in school or who still lives at home,” Stolpe said. “We want to reach and help the kids who are aging out of adolescent treatment or who may still be involved with juvenile detention.”
Through The Seven Challenges® program, group counseling and family/friend support, BRC will help engage young adults. The program guides young adults to consider their use of alcohol or other drugs, and its effect upon their lives.
“We help them understand what needs they are meeting by using drugs, what harm they are causing, what risks they are taking, and what it entails to make changes,” Stolpe said. “We raise consciousness, inspire hope and motivate informed, sincere decisions to change. We empower young adults to make decisions for a healthier lifestyle and ensure they have the tools to support their success.”
Learn more about the Young Adult Intensive Outpatient Program.