Phoenix House launches new program to help youth with drug, alcohol problems
|By Kaitlin Mulhere, The Keene Sentinel, N.H.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The non-profit substance abuse treatment center is offering a day program where teens can receive group and individual counseling and participate in recreational activities.
The price of the program will depend on an individual assessment of the teen's needs and the family's insurance.
Phoenix House started marketing the program earlier this month, after a year in which youth substance use issues have been highlighted throughout the Keene community.
The policy change came after a study conducted in the fall found that drug- and alcohol-use at
According to local substance-abuse professionals, teens in the
Roughly 25 percent of high-schoolers in the region said they'd drank more than five alcoholic beverages within a few hours within the past month, and about the same reported using marijuana at least once within the past month, according to the
Phoenix House's new program is a way to help children in the community who don't have a severe enough problem to require residential treatment, Nolte said. The Phoenix House in
Those requiring residential treatment have drug or alcohol addictions that make them unsafe in the community, Nolte said. The day program, on the other hand, is a good fit for youth who are participating in high-risk behavior, making poor choices and could benefit from some structure and education.
The program includes pick-up and drop-off in the
There's no limit to the size of the program now, but depending on the number of referrals Phoenix House receives, there could be a small waiting list as some point, Nolte said.
The treatment center is considering continuing the program after school resumes and offering after-school counseling, but Nolte said those discussions are only in the beginning stage.
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