Substance Abuse Treatment Program A Success With Warren County Teens

McMinnville, Tenn. — A partnership between Centerstone, Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services, and the Warren County School System is helping teens with chemical dependencies learn how to live healthy lives without drugs and alcohol.

The Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Day Treatment program, inaugurated in 2003, provides free treatment for 14- to 18-year-olds after school hours. The program is offered at Warren County High School and funded through the Tennessee Department of Health.

“Centerstone and the Warren County School System are working together to educate students about the dangers of substance abuse and help them to make healthy decisions,” said Ken Stewart, regional director for Centerstone. “At no cost to their families or the community, we carefully assess students’ individual needs when considering the most effective treatment.”

The Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Day Treatment program, which recognizes and treats chemical dependency as a disease, offers individual and group counseling and activities. It is held Monday through Thursday for three hours after school whenever classes are in session. Students may participate for as few as nine weeks or as many as six months, depending upon individual need.

“I am pleased that Warren County High School is among the first in the state to make treatment services available to students struggling with chemical dependencies,” said Executive Principal James Bennett. “This program effectively addresses a crucial need of our student population.”

As part of the program, students work toward specific goals:

  1. They learn the dangers of substance abuse and the benefits of developing healthy lifestyles.
  2. They learn healthy interpersonal skills in all environments.
  3. They learn how to cope with problems in the short and long term without resorting to chemical abuse.

For more information about the program, or to refer an adolescent, call (931) 668-8572.