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Following the twelve step model of
recovery, Optimistís Substance
Abuse Program provides educational,
intervention, Al-Anon, and relapse
prevention/intervention components.
Every resident admitted receives
a comprehensive psychosocial
assessment to determine to what
extent alcohol and other drugs
have impacted their lives. 

From this assessment, the residentís substance abuse treatment program is designed.  If
there has been no significant personal use or impact, the residents attend 12-week
Educational Groups.  If there has been significant use or impact, the residents transition
from the Educational Group to specific groups identified as appropriate. 

Al-Anon is available for residents who struggle with family or friend drug use.  Relapse
Prevention/Intervention Groups are a mandated part of a residentís program if there is a
relapse during their admission.  This is where more concerted attention is focused on the
residentís triggers and poor coping mechanisms, providing heightened insight into each.

To better integrate the treatment received in the Substance Abuse Program, a workbook is
assigned to each resident which they utilize along with the 12-Step Model.  Certified Drug
and Alcohol Counselors (CDAD) facilitate the program and are aware that the residents will
not be able to work all 12 steps during their admission; however, all 12 steps are included in
the workbook and the hope is that residents will refer to them when they leave Optimist to
help with their ongoing recovery. 

In addition to the 12 step information, the workbooks contain worksheets for residents to
complete in group as well as on their own.

Substance Abuse Counselors conduct weekly Multifamily Groups on the main campus. 
This not only allows the counselors to observe the residents in a group with their parents, the
counselors also get a glimpse into the residentís world by interacting with the residentís
parents themselves.  During the MultiFamily Groups, the counselors provide education and
interventions for the families and in some instances, meet with the family outside of the
group for more intense treatment.

The integration of the Substance Abuse Program with the residentís overall treatment
program is extensive.  Collaboration between the Substance Abuse Counselors and the
residentís primary therapist is ongoing. 

Residents attend community-based 12-Step Meetings on a weekly basis.  At the time of
discharge, linkages to community based programs are provided.
My son, has been in
and out of drug
treatment facilities,
but thanks to
Optimist he is on his
way to a full

Optimist Youth Homes
& Family Services

6957 N. Figueroa St. Box 41-1076 Los Angeles, CA 90041-1076
Telephone: (323) 443-3175

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