Adolescent Outpatient Counseling

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This program is for adolescents who have progressed past experimental use and are abusing or possibly dependent on alcohol and/or another drug. There begins to be a pattern of use and the adolescent seeks the high or altered mood to cope or escape. Eventually, there is a preoccupation with the mood change.

Consequences begin to increase and may include health problems, falling grades, family conflict, and/or involvement with the judicial system. Tolerance increases so that the adolescent must use more and more of the drug to get the same effect.

Renz Center clinicians are experienced in using evidence-based substance abuse treatment models including Seven Challenges, which is listed on the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

"The Seven Challenges Program is designed specifically for adolescents with drug problems, to motivate a decision and commitment to change - and to support success in implementing the desired changes. The Program simultaneously helps young people address their drug problems as well as their co-occurring life skill deficits, situational problems, and psychological problems.The challenges provide a framework for helping youth think through their own decisions about their lives and their use of alcohol and other drugs. Counselors using The Seven Challenges Program teach youth to identify and work on the issues most relevant to them. In sessions, as youth discuss the issues that matter most, counselors seamlessly integrate the Challenges as part of the conversation." [Excerpted from the Seven Challenges┬« website.] 

7 challenges

The Seven Challenges are:

Challenge #1 - We decided to open up and talk honestly about ourselves and about alcohol and other drugs.

Challenge #2 - We looked at what we liked about alcohol and other drugs, and why we were using them.

Challenge #3 -We looked at our use of alcohol or other drugs to see if it has caused harm or could cause harm.

Challenge #4 -We looked at our responsibility and the responsibility of others for our problems.

Challenge #5 -We thought about where we seemed to be headed, where we wanted to go, and what we wanted to accomplish.

Challenge #6 -We made thoughtful decisions about our lives and about our use of alcohol and other drugs.

Challenge #7 -We followed through on our decisions about our lives and drug use. If we saw problems, we went back to earlier challenges and mastered them.

Our Treatment Program involves group, individual, and family counseling sessions. Length of treatment is variable based on progress and participation of the young person and the severity of his/her substance use. As with all our treatment programs, we encourage as much family involvement as possible. We refer all parents/caretakers to our Family Program so that they can learn what the signs and symptoms of substance abuse are, how to set limits and boundaries, open lines of communication, and how their loved one's use has affected them.


We serve adolescents in western Cook and north/central Kane County, including but not limited to: Elgin, South Elgin, Carpentersville, St. Charles, Geneva, Burlington, Hampshire, Streamwood, Hanover Park, Bartlett, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Barrington, Lake in the Hills and Algonquin.

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