The Adolescent Chemical Dependency Outpatient Program is suited to the needs of adolescents 12 to 18 years of age who are experiencing social deterioration and impaired judgment, including adolescents with cognitive impairments and physical disabilities. Based on the steps and traditions of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, the program offers a structured process of education and therapy for adolescents and their families. Treatment sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Evidence of pathological use such as
a. Increased tolerance
b. Continuous and progressive use of chemicals
2. Continued use despite bio-psychosocial consequences related to chemical use
A possible referral for residential treatment could be made when the above criteria are met, in addition to the following:
- Prior outpatient treatment failure
- Physical complications/vulnerability
- Suicidal ideation increases/suicide attempt
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Daily use/abuse of chemicals
- Significant depression or psychosis
Referrals can be made by parents, school s, probation officers, the court system, physicians, therapists and social services. Individuals may also self refer. Referrals can be made by calling the Intake Adolescent Chemical Dependency Unit at 218-786-1313.
The Adolescent Chemical Dependency Program is located at 330 E. Second Street in Duluth.