Orchard Place Youth Substance Use Services

Orchard Place provides weekly structured substance abuse treatment for our Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children (PMIC) clients. Orchard Place is able to offer adolescent substance abuse services that co-occur with mental health therapy.

Our substance abuse services start at the time of admission. The clients are screened by their PMIC therapist who administers the CRAFFT, an adolescent-specific substance abuse screening tool, to both the client and their caretaker. The client's score will determine if a further substance abuse evaluation is completed by a certified substance abuse counselor. After this evaluation, recommendations are given to the client and their caretaker.

All clients on campus participate in a 10-week Drug and Alcohol Awareness curriculum twice a year. A Substance Abuse Disorder group is offered continuously utilizing the MATRIX curriculum. Unit staff utilize a Drug Urge Scale (DUS) and help open up a dialogue with the clients related to their experiences with drugs and urges to use substances.

The MATRIX Model for teens and young adults is an intensive outpatient treatment approach for substance abuse and dependence. The program uses research-based techniques comprised of a relapse-prevention group and an adolescent substance education group. New alternative drug-free recreational activities are reinforced. Patients learn about addiction and relapse and receive direction and support from a trained therapist. The program uses a cognitive / behavioral approach with a motivational style, supported by a contingency management plan.

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