We Focus on Youth and Adolescent Substance Abuse

Sandstone Care provides a comprehensive, evidence-based treatment program exclusively for adolescents, young adults, and their families. By strictly focusing on younger clients, we believe we can achieve the highest rate of success because we address issues early on while clients are still in their developmental years. At Sandstone Care, we work with many of the members of the community to treat issues most effectively.  We use a team-based approach, working with family members, teachers, counselors, previous treatment professionals, and other experts within the community.


Sandstone Care separates groups into two categories: (1) adolescent and teen males and females between the ages of 13 and 18 and (2) young male and female adults between the ages of 18 and 30. With the support of their family, it is common for adolescents and young adults to enter treatment involuntarily. It is our CLICC framework that allows us to connect with involuntary participants in order to garner their commitment to change.


The diagnostic criteria for Addiction or Substance Abuse is defined as a pattern of substance use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as demonstrated by three or more of the following (occurring at any time in the same 12-month period):

  • The need for noticeably increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or the desired effect, or a noticeably diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance
  • Withdrawal symptoms for the substance, or the same substance is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms
  • Substance is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period of time than intended
  • There is a persistent, unsuccessful effort to cut down or control substance use
  • A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance, use the substance or recover from the effects of the substance
  • Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are neglected as a result of the use of the substance

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  • Does the provider incorporate the family system consistently throughout the program?
  • Does the provider offer the specific settings and levels of treatments that you need?
  • How will treatment be tailored to your needs?
  • What kinds of support services are available? Do they have academic and vocational services?
  • Will the provider supervise your continuing care after treatment?
  • How is relapse handled? Confirm that you will not be automatically expelled from treatment if you relapse.
  • What is the provider’s success rate with clients?  How is success defined by them – strictly a measurement of sobriety or quality of life as well?


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If you are ready to get help for your teen or young adult, please contact us today. All inquiries are confidential.

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