Jim Savage, LCDC

Substance abuse services:

* Counselor

* Author

* Speaker

* Treatment Consultant

Specializing in teens, young adults and parent support

Schedule an appointment

(214) 789-8456

COVID-19 UPDATE: All counseling sessions and support groups are currently being provided through telehealth services. This provides an effective option in light of current social restrictions. We realize that many families may be in the middle of facing a substance use crisis and that a substance use disorder doesn't take a break for the virus. If you feel uncertain about how to proceed at this time, please don't hesitate to call to discuss options.


Outpatient Substance Use Program


Continuing care (following RTC or inpatient care)

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. This includes appropriate relapse prevention efforts which should be established prior to discharge from RTC, as well as willingness to engage in recovery activities. Clients who are still treatment resistant or still don't believe they have a problem after residential care may:

1) not be appropriate for the Journey to Recovery Program, or

2) 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).

Family participation

Parents of minors (and young adults as indicated) must participate in the program. This includes:

a. Attending Parent Support Group (Tuesday evenings; phase I 5:30-8:30pm, phase II 7-8:30pm)

b. Family therapy sessions (weekly, sceduled independently)

c. Completion of RehabWorks Family Support Program (online modules)

Inadequate family participation 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 residential 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

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.


If you are a parent considering the Journey To Recovery Program for your teen (or young adult child), please read this: Some Straight Talk About Adolescent Treatment