Jim Savage, LCDC

Substance abuse services:

* Counselor

* Author

* Speaker

* Treatment Consultant

Specializing in teens, young adults and parent support

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(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.

The first step in addressing a substance use problem is getting clear about what the problem even is!


Jim Savage specializes in teen and young adult substance abuse assessment and intervention. For more information or to schedule an appointment call (214) 789-8456

The first sign of a substance abuse problem is often not the actual drug use.

Substance abuse may be a problem before parents have any idea it exists, but problems are being seen in other areas: truancy, poor grades, family problems, legal problems, poor health, change in friends, etc.

When in doubt, rule it out. Get an assessment!

It doesn’t hurt to rule out the possibility that substance abuse could be contributing to the problems. If this isn’t the problem, then a plan can be developed to pursue other efforts to address the problem. On the other hand, it is not unusual for parents to be stunned when they find out the truth about what their child has been up to. In many cases, identifying the need to treat a substance abuse problem may being saving their child’s life.


• Substance abuse assessment is a 90-minute appointment.

• Parents of teens are required to attend. (In most cases, parents of young adult clients are asked to attend as well. This will be discussed at the time of scheduling the appointment.)

• The counselor will meet initially with the parents to obtain background information. He will then meet with client to complete the assessment. Recommendations for further action will be discussed with parents after meeting with the client.

Substance abuse often causes problems before the actual chemical use is identified.  Parents become confused and frustrated as they try to address the problem—without knowing what the problem really is.

The PREVENT! Program

A 5-session individualized program that provides the opportunity for more extenisve evaluation and intervention following initial initial assessment.