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Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP): Programs

Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) utilizes a team approach to teaching adjudicated youth the fundamentals of goal and objective setting and completion.

A multidisciplinary Treatment Team meets bi-weekly with the youth to initiate and monitor a Performance Plan, based on a thorough assessment of the needs that must be addressed to increase the youths’ level of functioning in the community.

The Treatment Team is composed of the Program Director or his designee, a mental health professional, a nursing representative, a representative from the educational program, the youth’s case manager, a direct-care staff member, the youth’s parents or guardians, and the youth himself.

Every youth at ASAP earns his way through the program based on the completion of his Performance Plan goals and objectives, one of which is completion of the Adolescent Behavioral Developmental Incentive Program (ABDIP).

This program documents their daily behavior according to eight specific behavioral areas and identifies specific growth areas in the youths’ social skills. The youth at ASAP also take part in a Skill-streaming group Monday through Friday that helps develop 50 specific social skills through role playing and staff instruction.

ASAP includes the following programming:

Seven Challenges® Substance Abuse Program - emphasizes the decision-making process involved in quitting drugs and alcohol. It is the premise of this program that youth who resume using drugs after being discharged from a commitment program do so because they never made a conscious decision to quit, but rather quit because drugs were no longer available. Seven Challenges® encourages youth to explore the motivation behind their drug use, determine whether drug use helps them meet their goals, and make informed decisions about the role they want drugs to play in their lives. To learn more, visit

ARISE Anger Management Curriculum - provides fundamentals of anger management. The youth learn to manage anger-driven behavior and more effective means of expressing anger. Gulf Coast Youth Academy also utilizes the group process to teach the concept of empathy, the nature of criminal thinking patterns, and the necessary element of victim awareness. To learn more, visit

Behavioral Health Overlay Services (BHOS) Program - allows for the majority of group counseling services to be provided by master’s-level therapists. Gulf Coast Youth Academy’s group counseling programming increases youths’ competency in anger management, life skills, social skills, employability, reasoning, decision making, impulse control, conflict resolution, leadership, and interpersonal problem-solving.

Youth at ASAP participate in strenuous physical training and team sports activities. Their daily activities are part of a rigid schedule that begins at 5:00 a.m. Adolescent Substance Abuse Program is a program that provides adjudicated youth with the opportunity of a second chance.

As part of a team devoted to excellence and success, youth leave ASAP with the skills and knowledge to become a productive and responsible citizen in the community.

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