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CHI Recovery Offers Individualized Custom Treatment Programs for Youth:

  •           SUD Treatment (“addiction treatment” or “abuse treatment”)

  •           Mental Health  (for challenging mental and behavioral health conditions)

An alternative, customized recovery program for 14-18-year-olds


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The sad truth is, youth really can be much more difficult to treat than are adults in some ways; they have a significantly lower success rate in maintaining autonomy, their brains are undeveloped, and their decision making processors are are now always working. At CHI Recovery, we understand the complicated factors that make this a reality and are able to address these conditions by providing strong community reinforcement methods: volunteerism, educational support, healthy socialization options, and by keeping our participants engaged and active.

We have created an alternative, customized program for younger participants, which goes even further to meet the needs of this population because each person’s plan is designed for them. For 14-18-year-olds, we add more family therapy to the mix, while we nudge enrollees toward educational accomplishments and/or trade/skill development. Our youth participants are expected to serve on our Youth Outreach Committee and will be active in creating innovative programs for all people in Sonoma County who are seeking healthy lifestyle alternatives.

We also offer Family Wrap-around Services for those desiring more support. Parent’s or guardian’s individual therapy or couples counseling are available, as is intensive weekly therapy for other members of the family.  We have adolescent specialists, behaviorist, and child psychologist, available, as well as a psychiatrist who can conduct diagnostic mental health assessments.  Additionally, our youth clients may benefit from nutritional counseling, a gym membership, emotional release (somatic) bodywork, workshops and retreats, biofeedback, EMDR, or tension release/therapeutic massage; these are just a few of the auxiliary services available to participants.

Substance Use and Our Youth

Our most powerful tool in the treatment of addiction is prevention.  One in four children who begin using addictive substances will develop a true addiction while only 1 in 25 who begin use as an adult. We have seen evidence of this in the past with the tobacco industry marketing to children. We see it now with bubble gum flavored nicotine. Our schools have become markets for all street drugs and we, as a society have done little in response. Children are amazingly intelligent and can assimilate tremendous amounts of complex information and draw appropriate well-considered conclusions.  It is time we gave them the tool they lack in this battle against addiction – and that is knowledge.
— Dr. Locke Wilson, MD – Former Medical Director, CHI Recovery, Inc.

boys-with-skateboardsDuring their time with us, we want adolescents to gain a vital understanding of addiction and its origins. Through a series of meetings with licensed therapists and Personal Development Sessions with their own Case Manager, an AOD Counselor, participants will learn about their personal choices and how impactful those decisions are on their own health and futures, but also their family me=mbers, their friends and the communities in which they live.  We will also address the most common reasons why Substance Abuse occurs, from genetics to social stressors, to family dysfunction to self-esteem and emotional pain.  Many begin using out of peer pressure, or pain management. Knowledge is empowering, and as students begin to better understanding their motivations for using harmful and addictive substances, they will also gain perspective regarding the impact of their personal use on their futures. We will speak about building self-esteem, and work to develop foundational coping and stress reduction skills; like yoga, meditation, and direct communication. We will explore these topics in class and in live experiences held in the public arena. We utilize many models of effective teaching and training tools, including Non-Violent Communications, Authentic Reckoning, CHI Recovery’s Tool Belt, Transnational Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and The Arbinger Model.

Participants will also conduct a group research project with each person taking on a category to study and report back. The subject areas could be the something like the current annual death tolls as a result of an addiction, law enforcement casualties, drug traffickers crime contribution, suicides counts related to SUD, economic costs in healthcare, or countless other topics related to SUD. The purpose of this project is to gain an empathetic awareness of the toll on families and community.

If you or your loved one is suffering with SUD or a Mental Health condition, please don’t wait.

Call us now at 707-812-7772 for Intake or Contact Us here.