Teen Intervene

Designed specifically for youth, 12-19, who are experiencing mild to moderate problems associated with alcohol or other drug use, the Teen Intervene Program provides education, support, and guidance for teens and their parents. Through this brief intervention, youth work one-to-one with a prevention specialist in identifying and changing their choices and behaviors.

Helps young people learn to make healthier choices

Maybe they’ve been caught drinking or smoking marijuana. Maybe they are beginning to experience problems at school or home as a result of their alcohol or other drug use. They aren’t addicted, but some type of intervention is needed. The research based Teen Intervene Program helps youth identify the reasons they have chosen to use alcohol or other drugs, examine the effects of substance abuse in their lives, and learn to make healthier choices.

Providing a personalized approach

Each young person has his or her own reasons for using alcohol or other drugs and individual teens differ greatly in terms of their willingness to change. By focusing on individual goals and personalized feedback, Teen Intervene effectively addresses each young person’s specific needs. Based on the brief intervention model, Teen Intervene consists of three to six sessions with a prevention specialist.

The admissions process for Teen Intervene:

  • Referral- Anyone who is concerned about a teen’s chemical use can refer him or her to Teen Intervene. To make the referral, you may contact the prevention specialists from LEAF at 432-0090.
  • Assessment- Teen Intervene is geared to help teens who have experienced mild to moderate chemical use. A chemical use assessment must be completed to rule out a diagnosis of addiction. Youth found to be chemically dependent will be referred to an adolescent specialist from the Otsego County Chemically Dependency Clinic (CDC) for more intensive treatment.
  • Program Sessions- The program consists of three to six sessions with the prevention specialist. Parents may be invited to join the last session to address issues as a family.