Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)

John R. Knight, MD collaborated with Bridgid Vohn, MD to form the first adolescent substance abuse clinic service at Boston Children's Hospital in 1995. This became a full service out-patient substance use evaluation and treatment program in 1999 under the name: Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP). In 2011, Dr. Sharon L. Levy, MD, MPH became director of ASAP. Today, the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Boston Children's Hospital provides national leadership in the identification, diagnosis and treatment of substance use problems and disorders in children and adolescents.

ASAP is staffed by developmental-behavioral trained pediatricians, licensed independent social workers and psychiatrists. ASAP clinicians are uniquely qualified to evaluate and support adolescents with a full range of substance use problems and disorders, from teens who have just begun using substances to those struggling with addiction, and their families. The program currently serves more than 300 children and their families for evaluation and treatment services. From experimentation to addiction, ASAP provide a full spectrum of outpatient services for patients and families. For more information about treatment services, please call 617-355-2727 or visit the ASAP website.

Services Include

Assessment  Treatment and Referral Options 
Comprehensive diagnostic assessment 12 week random drug testing program for selected patients
Meetings with pediatric and mental health clinicians    Follow-up appointments/Relapse Prevention
Recommendations for treatment Science-based group therapy for adolescents and parents/guardians
Psychopharmacology coordination Family meetings with patient and parents/guardians
  Recommendations for out of program services