Teen Intervene is a tested, time efficient, evidence-based program for teenagers 12-17 suspected of experiencing mild or moderate problems associated with alcohol or other drug use; the program can also include their parents or guardians. The Teen Intervene program integrates the stages of change model, motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Teen Intervene helps youth identify the reasons they have chosen to use alcohol or drugs, examine the effects of substance abuse in their lives, participate in harm reduction via goal setting and learn to make healthier choices.
Teenagers who are not good candidates for the Teen Intervene program include those that;
- Have a substance dependence disorder (for example, show loss of control of their drug use and/or have developed significant tolerance of drug use)
- Are habitual drug users
- Suffer from an untreated psychiatric disorder, such as a major affective disorder or psychosis.