Outpatient Substance Abuse Services for Youth & Young Adults

Substance Use Disorder

At Phoenix House California, we use evidence-based interventions for youth drug abuse and misuse, to counter short-term negative effects on the youths’ physical and emotional well-being, reduce the damage to relationships and school performance, as well as prevent the long-term harm caused by what may have initially seemed like harmless experimentation. Our services seek to strengthen family relationships by improving communication and enhancing family members’ ability to support the teen’s abstinence from drugs.

Effectively treating substance use disorders in adolescents requires identifying and treating other mental health conditions they may have. Many adolescents who misuse drugs frequently also suffer from anxiety, depression, or trauma. Our experienced and caring therapists are here to help.

We provide comprehensive outpatient and intensive outpatient substance abuse services for teens and their families onsite and in local public schools.

 

Ages served:
12 – 17
and
Transitional Age Youth
18 – 24

We provide an environment in which change is possible.

At Phoenix House California, we use evidence-based interventions for adolescent drug abuse that seek to strengthen family relationships by improving communication and improving family members’ ability to support abstinence from drugs. Effectively treating substance use disorders in adolescents requires also identifying and treating other mental health conditions they may have. Many adolescents who misuse drugs frequently also suffer from anxiety, depression, or trauma. We provide comprehensive outpatient and intensive outpatient substance abuse services for teens and their families onsite and in local public schools.

Drugs may interfere with family, school performance, positive relationships, and a young person’s overall health so intervention is beneficial even if they are not suffering from substance use disorder and it seems like only “experimentation”.

What’s the Difference?

Drug Use

Refers to the use of illegal drugs

  • Heroin/Opioids, Cocaine/crack, Amphetamines, MDMA (ecstasy), among others

Drug Misuse

  • Improper or unhealthy use of a medication as prescribed or alcohol in moderation
  • The repeated use of drugs to produce pleasure, alleviate stress, and /or alter or avoid reality
  • Using prescription drugs in ways other than prescribed or using someone else’s prescription
  • Self-medicating
Substance Use Disorder
  • A person’s inability to control the impulse to use drugs even when there are negative consequences.
  • Includes changes in the brain’s function, especially in the brain’s natural inhibition and reward centers.

What substance use disorder is NOT: A moral failing, a choice, or a character flaw.

For many young people, substances are a way of coping with the pain of isolation, bullying, physical abuse, and mental health conditions.

Treatment is provided by a compassionate team of clinical professionals trained to connect with youth and help guide them through their recovery journey.

We also offer specialized outpatient services for youth with opioid and stimulant use disorders.

Adolescents are screened and medically assessed. Outpatient Services may include:

  • individual and group counseling
  • case management
  • educational workshops
  • family services
  • drug screening and testing
  • Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • sober recreational opportunities

Phoenix House Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Services for Youth and Young Adults at Lake View Terrace are funded by Drug Medi-Cal for eligible patients and supported by a contract with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health – Substance Abuse Prevention and Control. Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Teens may also be funded by private insurance companies. Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, APS Bethesda, Beacon-Value Options, Cigna, Humana (Lifesynch), HealthNet, Magellan, MHN, Kaiser, United Behavioral Health UBH, and Seaside Healthcare (Memorial Care). Regular youth outpatient services, including group and individual counseling may also be funded by Aetna, Cigna and Beacon-Value Options.

For additional information, please contact us.

FACT:

The brain continues to develop until age 25 and undergoes dramatic changes during adolescence. The longer you can keep your child away from drinking or other drugs, the better chance they’ll have of living a full life, not becoming addicted, or developing a mental disorder.