Drug and Alcohol Counseling

Pathways Adolescent Center has teamed up with the Family Service & Children’s Aid Society of Venango County.  Our Drug & Alcohol Counselor screens youths for appropriateness for outpatient substance abuse treatment services and refers to the Family Service & Children’s Aid Society of Venango County program based on the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) admission criteria.  The Bloomington Adolescent Treatment Model, evidence based model, will be used to determine the appropriate level of care based on the standard admission criteria for adolescents.  The Adolescent Outpatient Program will address the following subjects:

  • Relapse prevention;
  • Life skills;
  • Self-esteem issues;
  • Family issues;
  • Recovery lifestyles; and
  • Recreation/leisure activities.

The Adolescent Outpatient Program follows a science-based program which provides effective quality treatment to adolescents and their families in order to alleviate the suffering caused by substance abuse or addiction.  Treatment involves group sessions, family sessions and individual sessions.  Topics covered include:

  • Addiction terms;
  • The substances of abuse;
  • Triggers and relapse prevention;
  • The relationship between sex and substance abuse;
  • Various emotional components of addiction and recovery;
  • Anger/conflict resolution;
  • Stress management;
  • Communication and listening skills;
  • Sober fun;
  • Healthy relationships;
  • High-risk behaviors; and
  • Handling authority.


At in-take, a behavioral contract is reviewed and signed.  This contract outlines specific behaviors expected to be achieved in this program.

Each week the adolescent attends up to 5 ½ hours of individual and group sessions.  Although this is a 14 -16 week program, the number of sessions and length of stay in the program are based on an Individualized Master Treatment Plan and the adolescent’s individual need and response to treatment.