Jim Savage, LCDC

Substance abuse services:

* Counselor

* Author

* Speaker

* Treatment Consultant

Specializing in teens, young adults and parent support

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Adolescent Substance Abuse Program


Continuing care (following RTC or inpatient care)

Journey To Recovery is based on a positive peer approach. Clients using the program as a step-down from residential care should understand and accept that their drug use is a problem and be willing to follow an identified plan to achieve stable recovery. Clients who are still treatment resistant after residential care may be required to attend additional programming.

Early intervention

Some clients may qualify for direct admission to Journey To Recovery without beginning at a higher level of care. This is contingent on severity of diagnosis, willingness to comply with treatment recommendations, or other factors that would indicate the need for a higher level of care.

Clients admitting directly to Journey To Recovery with no previous treatment must first complete the PREVENT! program (5 individual sessions).

Parent participation

Parents must complete the parent support component of Journey To Recovery; inadequate attendance may be grounds for discharge from the program. Parents of continuing care clients are encouraged to begin while the client is still in RTC. Call as soon as your child begins inpatient care!


Intensive drug evaluation program for teens and young adults

Stop substance abuse before it becomes a problem!

* Drug awareness education

* Motivational enhancement

* Parent education

*Decisional balancing tools

*Individual and family sessions

"Recovery is a marathon, not a sprint."

From Rehab Works!

Jim Savage, LCDC

The primary reason for poor success rates with teens being treated for substance use disorder is the lack of appropriate follow-up care.

Most people familiar with how substance abuse treatment works know that the real work begins after primary treatment is completed. Successful recovery is more than just staying clean for a short period of time; it's consistent growth and establishment of a routine over the course of an extended period of time.

Effective ongoing that care keeps clients involved with recovery support is critical to achieving the goals that were initially set at the beginning of treatment.



A leading reason for treatment failure is failure to follow through with initial treatment recommendations. Journey To Recovery keeps recovery front and center and maintains a high standard with regard to holding clients accountable to working a recovery program, which includes all aspects of relapse prevention planning and engaging in appropriate behavior.  

The Journey To Recovery: A groundbreaking substance abuse curriculum that helps clients establish a solid foundation for recovery.


Stages of Change Model

Ensures a solid foundation for recovery; identifies weak areas, helps to avoid pitfalls, and leads into consistent, sypmtom-free behavior.

Motivational Enhancement

One is more committed to change when it is their own idea. Specialized techniques create motivation for positive change by helping clients identify their own solutions to problems and working with their strengths.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Clients are given tools to identify faulty thinking and eliminate sabotaging behaviors. Specialized worksheets make step-work easy to understand and apply to their lives.

12-Step Recovery

Specific techniques to help clients develop a routine of working a daily recovery program. Plus opportunities to be involved in recovery-related activities.

Relapse Prevention

Emphasis is placed on development of, and following an effective relapse prevention plan. Relapse prevention skills, identifiying triggers, and drug refusal skills are reinforced.  

Multi-family group

Learn how to create a family system that provides effective support for the client's recovery and identify potential obstacles for the client's progress.



A popular activity for clients and parents as well. The power of metaphor is used to help clients gain a better view of the recovery process and identify their progress.


The Journey, a rock musical used to teach about addiction and recovery, provides fun and meaningful group activities.


One the most attractive features of Journey To Recovery groups, clients are introduced to a variety of tchniques for relaxation, stress management, and developing the ability for inner guidance and spiritual growth. Clients simply "feel better" when they leave group, which is an important accomplishment in substance abuse treatment.

Some straight talk about adolescent treatment...

Treating teens for substance use disorder is challenging and relapse rates can be alarmingly high. An unfortunate reality is that despite initial enthusiasm and effort, parents often find out how difficult it is for clients to maintain the right attitude long enough for new behaviors to take hold and for recovery to become a genuine lifestyle. At the beginning of treatment it's easy to nod and agree when counselors explain some of the generally accepted treatment basics, such as the importance of long-term support, the danger of triggers, or the need to work an ongoing recovery program. Unfortunately, accomplishing goals that make so much sense early in the process often proves to be easier said than done and are later abandoned.

In some cases parents may not agree with, or are afraid of angering their teens by placing restrictions on them that provide the best support with regard to relapse prevention. Or they may not like the inconvenience of all that is required in providing adequate structure for a teen who is being treated for substance use disorder. Compounding the problem is the fact that Insurance does not typically pay for dedicated aftercare programs, so ongoing care that effectively meets the long-term needs for teen substance abuse clients can become an added expense for parents. These are some of the unfortunate factors that contribute to high relapse rates and readmissions to treatment.

Teens who are not committed to working a recovery program or are not in agreement with home contracts or relapse prevention plans may not be a fit for Journey To Recovery. These are issues that may need to be addressed in a higher level of care. However, it's not uncommon for teens to be discharged from residential care before achieving these goals because insurance coverage is discontinued before the client is ready. To avoid "throwing the baby out with the bathwater", clients may be given a chance at being accepted into Journey To Recovery by completing additional individual counseling focused on increasing motivation for recovery. In many cases, concurrent exposure to the attractive group setting of Journey To Recovery can have a positive impact; the client becomes more motivated and ends up being able to use the program successfuly.

Journey To Recovery is designed to provide an effective long-term solution for helping teens achieve successful recovery. It may seem demanding or perhaps inconvenient with regard to program expectations, parent requirements, or the fact that it represents additional expense after parents may have already spent a great deal on treatment. This approach may not suit everybody, and there are certainly other options available as you consider continuing care plans for your teen. If on the other hand you feel that a structured approach that keeps recovery front and center is what will give your child the best chance at treatment success, please call to find out more and see if Journey To Recovery would be a good fit for you and your child.

Getting started on the Journey To Recovery

All clients must complete an assessment prior to admission to Journey To Recovery. This is a 90-minute appointment; at least one of the parents must accompany the teen.  

If the client qualifies for the program, a short intake meeting will be held to go over:

* program schedule

* program rules and expectations

* home study and assignment schedule

Clients coming from residential treatment are encouraged to begin as soon as possible following discharge. Parents should schedule the assessment prior to discharge.

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Call today to learn more and find out if your child might benefit from Journey To Recovery!

(214) 789-8456

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