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Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program 

Oftentimes adolescents, young adults and their families in the midst of a crisis are also faced with complicated decisions regarding the best way to access the most appropriate level of care for their situation. They enter into a cycle of substance use or mental health systems that includes short or long-term residential rehab stays or mental health hospitalizations, wilderness programs, boarding schools and/or sober living options. While at times optimal, these options preclude the opportunity to try an intensive outpatient treatment approach that does not create the dislocation of local educational and vocational goals and disrupt connection to family ties. 

Conversely, for clients who are exiting from longer-term stays in residential levels of care, the need to maintain a strong supportive environment is essential.  Restoration of the disruptions in daily family life are critical to successful reintegration and maintenance of the recovery process. 

At NYCFL our age-appropriate intensive treatment tracks are designed specifically with these needs in mind. We will co-create a wrap-around level of care that can foster and maintain a successful recovery process for all members of the family.  At NYCFL our adolescent intensive outpatient program provides a much-needed safe community for both the adolescent and their family. We truly believe that by participating in our program, adolescents gain the opportunity to transform their “recovery” into a time of “self-discovery.” 

Parents join with other families to create a supportive community to learn new ways to communicate more effectively. Our NYCFL master level clinicians are specifically qualified to assess and support adolescents who struggle with a full range of substance use problems and to strengthen the family relationship, reduce conflict and restore harmony in the home. 

Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Treatment (AIOP) 

Our intensive outpatient program for adolescents (AIOP) is structured to provide up to 15 hours per week of individual, group and family therapy that addresses a broad spectrum of issues related to trauma, comorbid mood disorders and emotional dysregulation as it impacts recovery from adolescent substance use disorder. 
The AIOP groups meet for up to three hours per day (after school hours) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our Adolescent group therapy approach to substance use is built around an understanding of the cognitive and developmental changes that mark adolescence, as well as, Dialectical- Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Seeking Safety, mindfulness therapy, nutrition education, focus expressive therapies such as music, creative arts, yoga and 12-step principles of recovery. Our integrated approach will provide a teen with a sense of community, purpose and long-term wellness. Parent education, multi-family support groups and individualized family treatment focus upon healing past relational ruptures to bring healing to the whole system. 

Our program is designed to last up to six months. For adolescents with acute issues we recommend a minimum of three months in intensive treatment.  At the end of three months, the entire treatment team, including the adolescent and family will reassess the next steps.  We can customize the treatment process and step down the frequency commensurate with the assessed goals.   Oftentimes, following three months of intensive treatment a client will move to one or two days before adopting an outpatient model of care that includes individual and/or family counseling. 

We offer a blend of groups focusing upon: 

  • Recovery skills building 
  • Trauma focused treatment 
  • Creative Arts 
  • Yoga, mindfulness, meditation 
  • Relationship skills, family skills, sexuality 
  • Vocational and educational skills building 
  • Nutrition skills 
  • DBT skills 
  • Supporting outside recovery and 12-step programming 

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