Young people have the capacity to make sound decisions regarding their lives and their use of chemicals once they gain an understanding of their motivations and attitudes. The Council’s treatment goal is to help foster this understanding through intensive and basic counseling. These specialized services include (all of which are free to schools, parents and students):

Early Intervention Group

These sessions are designed for adolescents who may be experimenting with mood-altering substances. Counselors provide education and guidance to assist the person in making the decision to live substance free. These are geared toward the need of the student(s), parents and the school. These can be provided at the school or on our East Hazel Crest IL. campus.

Suspension Alternative Program

Provides substance use education to youth violating school, home or community policy of their use of alcohol and/or other drugs.

Our typical service format (at no cost to school, parents or students) is as follows:

– One, Two or Three one hour sessions after school.

– Tuesday, Thursday and then the following Tuesday for the Three day model. We want to work with the school to ensure after school transportation is provided and available.

Our staff offer a plan geared toward the students, parents and schools needs. For example a one day vaping session, then maybe a marijuana and then a prevention or coping session. The Council will customize the curriculum, format and frequency based on your needs.

Another format used in between sessions has been a detentionary session using our Toolkits. A one page fact finding paper is written by the student on the specific Toolkit used based on the specific need of the student or substance used.

The Council offers many other formats such as an athletic department session(s) that may highlight risks and rewards based on potential athletic scholarships or an academic session(s) based on potential academic scholarships.

Whatever the need of the student, parent, school, township, community, district, The Council can accommodate. Again, we are able to offer these FREE services due to partial funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services, United Way and Community Contributions.

We provide specific evaluation forms for the students so the school is very engaged in session progress and performance. The Council provides extensive literature covering a broad spectrum of needs – from specific substances used to trauma management. It is encouraged that the student share this literature with their parents and loved ones. These are free of charge and are concisely packaged into one easy to manage folder.

These services can be provided at the school or on our East Hazel Crest IL. campus.

Family Addiction Education Group

Assists children and adolescents who are struggling to cope with the chemical dependence of their parents or other loved ones.

Because the family is the most important unit to which an individual can belong, The Council strives to offer services and to involve as many members of the family as possible.

These groups provide educational and community counseling services for adolescents and their family members. The goal of these programs is to look at how lives have been negatively affected by substance use, and to offer guidance to adolescents in making appropriate choices regarding their recovery.

Information in English and Spanish

These nine illustrated booklets are available on our recently redesigned NIDA for Teens website in both English and Spanish. Each of the booklets in the Mind Matters series is devoted to a specific drug or drug topic, including:

In addition, a Teacher’s Guide provides background information for each topic.

New Video Snippets

By popular demand, we offer quick videos that bring each drug topic to life and help reinforce key messages—during instructional time or for posting on social media. Find the animations throughout the Mind Matters pages or all in one place, on YouTube.

Order Copies

Print copies of the English-language booklets can be ordered through our clearinghouse.

This questionnaire can be used to see if you are having emotional, attentional, or behavioral difficulties. For each item please mark how often you:

Licensed and partially funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery Division of  Mental Health and the United Way Accredited by The Joint Commision.

Helpful Links

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Preventing Suicide for high schools

Tips For Teens

National Institute on Drug Abuse – Teens

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