Outpatient substance abuse program

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An individualized substance abuse program for teens and young adults—designed for positive results.

Substance Use Disorder treatment with teens and young adults is a highly specialized practice that requires careful attention in many areas to assure the best chance for treatment success. After running his own adolescent IOP program for many years, Jim Savage now offers clients a unique opportunity for addressing Substance Use Disorder on an outpatient basis.

Indivualized program—one-on-one counseling and education

Extensive family support

Creative approach using music, storytelling, meditation

The Journey To Recovery Program represents the best of knowing “what works” and what “doesn’t work” in this critical field, and is based in a rich tradition of helping young people overcome addiction and achieve successful recovery.

Who the program is for:

Early intervention: For clients with no previous treatment history. (These clients would start out in PREVENT!)

Aftercare: A continuing care option for clients who have completed residential treatment

Program schedule

Journey To Recovery is an eight-week program, and consists of two 90 minute sessions per week*, which alternate between individual and family sessions. (Scheduled independently)

Parents attend their own dedicated parent group one night per week. (Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30, first four weeks; then  7-8:30 after first four weeks)

* The program schedule is structured to meet client needs; in some cases more sessions per week, or longer individual sessions may be indicated.


In addition to his clinical skills, Jim Savage is an accomplished professional musician and producer who has made a career of using the creative arts to make substance use treatment a fun and enriching experience for young people. From rock musicals and theatrical productions in which teens act out their own stories of recovery, to a unique multi-media online curriculum format that includes music videos and fun storytelling presentations, Journey To Recovery is unparalleled when it comes to creativity combined with clinical sophistication.

A background in creativity...


Take a look at some of the features that make Journey To Recovery so unique!

1. Building a solid foundation for recovery

The Stages of Change Model is used to help young people monitor their progress as they move through the recovery process.

The following video provides both an overview of the Stages of Change Model as well as how storytelling is used as a powerful tool for teaching about recovery.

2. Help for the entire family

"Treatment success isn an interactive process in which the family has much more to do with the outcome than is generally realized."

3. Creative approach

The Journey Musical Recovery Program is a rock musical tells a story about overcoming addiction and finding a new life in recovery. Each song is used to examine specific aspects of the addiction-recovery process.

The following videos show how the song Windowpane Night is used to learn about the progressive nature of addiction.

Windowpane Night (song with lyrics)

4. Recovery is a marathon, not a sprint.

Journey To Recovery emphasizes the importance of sticking with the treatment plan and following through with the entire continuum of care.

The diagram below shows how the Stages of Change can be used to guide a client through the entire treatment process, and how some of the common pitfalls that lead to treatment failure can be avoided.

A "Whole-Brain" Approach To Treatment

The Journey To Recovery curriculum is the creation of Jim Savage, LCDC. Jim is one of the most experienced and highly regarded adolescent substance abuse counselors in the Dallas-Fort Worh area. In particular, he is known for his his unique approach that reaches young people them on their level and inspires personal growth. Journey To Recovery is the culmination of Jim's unique ability to integrate didactic material with experiential activities to reinforce learning and behavior change. This results in what can be rgarded as a "whole-brain" approach:

1. "Connect with the right"

Experiential activities such as music, storytelling, or meditaion stimulate "right-brain" functions: Emotional connection, holistic thinking (interpretation), and personal identification with presented material.

2. "Re-direct with the left"

The left-brain is where we engage in logic and linear thinking. This would include processing didactic material, engaging in cognitive activities, and nternalized learning.


a. Client listens to a song that addresses an issue relating to addiction and recovery.

b. Client identifies with the lyrics and experiences an emotional response.

c. Didactic material is used to reinforce the cognitive or educational aspects of the activitiy.

d. Client becomes inspired to apply insght gained from the activity to his or her own circumstances.


Exclusive curriculum

At the heart of Journey To Recovery is an innovative treatment curriculum that combines evidence-based treatment models with a uniquely creative approach, making this one of the most effective substance use programs available.


• Stages of Change Model (SCM)

• Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


• Music

• Storytelling (Metaphor)

• Meditation and Mindfulness

Multi-media online curriculum (home study):

• Videos

• Podcasts

• Interactive coursework

Family Program

Journey To Recovery provides one of the most comprehensive family components for substance use treatment available. In addition to family therapy sessions, the program includes a dedicated parent support program that is specifically designed to help families learn what they can do to give their child the best chance for treatment success. For the best treatment results, parents can begin attending while their child is still in residential treatment; this provides the added benefit of maximizing the residential treatment experience and being better prepared for the transition from inpatient to outpatient care.

Specialty Workshops

Specially designed weekend programs are offered as ways to enrich client’s recovery:

• Spirituality

* Art and Music Therapy

* Performing Arts