Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP)

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Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP) is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. At Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP), they offer several treatment programs for teens using alcohol or other drugs. Their programs are designed to help adolescents and their families through the challenges, frustrations, and setbacks that are a natural part of outpatient drug and alcohol treatment.

Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP) Focus:

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from substance abuse, including alcohol and drug addiction (both illegal and prescription drugs). They often include the opportunity to engage in both individual as well as group therapy.

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP) offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

TRIP (Total Recovery In Progress) is an intensive outpatient treatment program designed for teens and their families when substance use has begun to interfere with their lives. Intensive outpatient programs are by far the most popular option for people struggling with substance use problems. High-quality IOP programs are intense, effective, and reduce costs associated with treatments. Recovery takes more than just abstinence from use: it’s a process of rebuilding. The TRIP program utilizes a range of interventions to help teens achieve these goals. The TRIP program meets for 3 days each week for 3 hours per day. A typical course of treatment lasts approximately 24 sessions.

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.


12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Aftercare Support

Upon graduation from TRIP, each client and family are eligible for Continuing Care. This weekly group is semi-structured around topics that: strengthen ongoing recovery, avoid a return to substance use, teach coping strategies, develop social skills, and promote emotional regulation. With support from the ASAP staff, participants are encouraged to discuss issues and challenges they are facing in order to advance their recovery journey. In keeping with ASAP’s commitment to whole family healing, parents are invited to attend the first group each month with their child.

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a partnership between the client and the therapist. Teens work with a trained ASAP professional to explore and identify problem behaviors, establish goals for change, and work toward completing these goals. Therapy is a responsive service that is adapted to the changing needs of the client. Through specific interventions, therapy helps clients to become more skilled at managing life stressors without turning to drug and/or alcohol use.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

The biggest factor that makes group therapy a first-line treatment is the peer feedback that does not occur in individual therapy. Although teens often respond to the interventions provided to them by therapists, the modeling that occurs in group treatment offers significant benefit. Peer interaction helps the adolescent to recognize the ways that drugs and/or alcohol have controlled their thoughts, ideas, and behaviors.

Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP) Highlights:

Their TRIP (Total Recovery in Progress) program includes random drug screens and an introduction to Mutual Support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and SMART Recovery. ASAP encourages a strong family component as part of their intensive outpatient treatment. Family members, including siblings, grandparents, or any other relative who wishes to participate, are actively engaged in the recovery process. Upon completion of the TRIP program, teens are encouraged to attend weekly Continuing Care meetings to maintain their sobriety in a supportive, teen-focused environment. Parents are invited to join the Continuing Care group once a month for a family focused session.
In addition to the IOP program, they also offer a brief education group, called CHOICES. The CHOICES program is an option for teens who have experimented with alcohol or other drugs but do not have a diagnosable problem at the time of their assessment.
They are certified by the State of Ohio, and they are a consistent recipient of a 3-year CARF certification (the highest available). They continually review all of their methods to assure they are based on the newest research and follow evidence-based treatment models (12). Each member of the ASAP staff receives ongoing training and is highly qualified with specific experience working with teens who have substance use disorders and mental health issues. ASAP integrates a strong family component into our treatment models and our clinicians all possess an understanding and expertise of best practices in family treatment.
Their suburban office setting is safe and comfortable for families. They are conveniently located at the intersection of Ronald Reagan Highway and Kenwood Road (one exit west of I-71). You won’t have to wander through a hospital to find where you are going.
ASAP is committed to keeping treatment affordable for the families they serve. ASAP strives to keep costs low. Inpatient and residential treatment programs are cost prohibitive for most families. Outpatient treatment is an effective treatment option that is more affordable. They work with most major private insurance companies and are happy to help families navigate the often confusing insurance industry.
Teens that attend the TRIP program are subject to random drug screens. Clients provide at least one screen weekly. There is no additional charge for these drug screens under typical circumstances as they are bundled into the cost of the TRIP sessions. For teens attending CHOICES, continuing care, or individual therapy, drug testing is not bundled in the cost.
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