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"Involved parents are the first line of defense against substance abuse.“ –Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Boston Children's Hospital
The Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Boston Children's Hospital provides national leadership in the identification, diagnosis and treatment of substance use and disorders in children and adolescents. ASAP is part of the Division of Developmental Medicine, and 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.
Regardless of the extent of your child’s substance use, we have experts who can help, from advice on how to manage a young adolescent who has begun experimenting with substances, to treatment for adolescents with addiction and everything in between. We can also connect you to a network of parents who are dealing with similar issues, and support you and your child in managing medical, school and legal problems associated with substance use.
To maintain confidentiality and build trust, adolescents and parents are assigned to different clinicians who work together to engage and support the entire family. Our team-based approach ensures that everyone who takes care of your child and family will understand the specific issues and challenges you face and give consistent advice. The multi-disciplinary approach is reflected in the treatment plan, which could include input from experts in pediatrics, child development, education, psychiatry and counseling.
We have developed an entire program to support adolescents with opioid dependence and their families. Our program includes:
Data from ASAP show that 67% of patients who stick with the program are opioid-free six to nine months after beginning the program and 26% are free from all substances.
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