Substance misuse in adolescents is growing.

As the plethora of NPS’s (LEGAL HIGHS) available to our young people expands rapidly, we have a responsibility to respond to the needs of these young adolescents who are developing substance misuse problems and developing psychological dependencies.

Since the DSM (IV) of Mental Illness does not recognise addiction in those under the age of 18, there are no treatment options  available on the NHS to young people who are battling with substance misuse.

It is the hypothesis of Youth Interventions that the treatment of drug and alcohol misusing adolescents may reduce the need for prescription treatment of addicted adults.
In a response to this and in conjunction with Scotland’s strategies towards both illicit drug misuse and alcohol misuse, Youth Interventions have developed a service that facilitates strategies for both the recovery and harm reduction of the young people whom we support and look after.

If your organisation works with youths who have been referred due to inter-generational or independent drug and alcohol misuse, we can offer you solutions.

Using up to date evidence based practice ( graduate of the University of Glasgow STRADA faculty) we will integrate a recovery plan that fits within the young person’s care plan establishing and working to a hierarchy of recovery goals.

It is in direct line with the recovery agenda within the National Drugs Strategy that Youth Interventions have developed this service.

The KEY PRIORITIES of this ADDICTION/SUBSTANCE MISUSE service are:

1. COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT  in order to firstly assess if there is need for a medical intervention (for detoxification or withdrawal) using evidence based screening tools.

2. Devising a comprehensive person centred treatment modality which is suitable for the needs of a young person, consisting of mainly of PSI’s (CBT/M.I./Talking Therapy/Group Support).

3. Better prevention of prolonged use and identification of harm by EDUCATING young people on DRUG AWARENESS, ADDICTION, RISK, ASSOCIATED HARMS both physiological and psychological as well as STRATEGIES to best deal with GOING OVER & ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE SITUATIONS.

4. Supporting the young person on their own recovery journey including extensive work on RELAPSE PREVENTION strategies

5. Together with the young person work towards the goal of them leading more POSITIVE, HEALTHIER LIVES.

6. Meeting your ORGANISATIONAL NEEDS and delivering comprehensive, clear and up to date SUBSTANCE MISUSE POLICIES and ensuring best practice by delivering STAFF TRAINING.