Chemical Dependency

Crittenton Children's Center

Every young person has extraordinary potential. Unfortunately, alcohol or other drug addiction can prevent youth from achieving it. Crittenton helps by offering a multidisciplinary team of certified counselors and licensed therapists supervised by a psychiatrist certified in addiction medicine.

Recognizing the strong correlation between substance abuse and co-occurring mental illness, Crittenton provides thorough assessment using an adapted form of the evidence-based SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) model. Crittenton’s service range includes:

  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Chemical dependency intensive outpatient program (CD-IOP)
  • After-care

Prevention and early intervention

Prevention and early intervention programming engages teens in youth-directed developmental activities as well as parent/family events. After identifying specific risks and protective factors that influence each patient, Crittenton staff will develop a customized plan to:

  • Increase the patient’s self-confidence and leadership skills
  • Empower the patient to change risk factors in his or her environment
  • Enhance sober support networks
  • Encourage the patient to participate in substance-free, healthy leisure activities

Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program (CD-IOP)

Crittenton's CD-IOP programming addresses the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of patients. It uses the renowned and evidence-based Hazelden Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults. Individual treatment plans include at least 10 hours of weekly individual, family, and group therapy. It also involves compliance testing and extensive case management to engage support from school, court personnel, community mental health providers, support groups, and other individuals available to promote abstinence. Therapy addresses such topics as:

  • Risks associated with substance abuse
  • Family systems concerns
  • Drug refusal skills
  • Enhancing personal protective factors
  • Minimizing risk factors
  • Increasing social connectedness


After-care services include continued attendance in CD-IOP groups as well as personal contact and support of the substance abuse counselor with patients and their families.

Youth may move back and forth within the continuum of chemical dependency services. They may also access Crittenton’s hospital and residential programs, depending on personal need.

Contact us

For more information about Crittenton Children's Center, call 816-765-6600.