Teen Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Northern Kentucky

Did you know that right here in Northern Kentucky, youth grappling with addiction have access to a substance use treatment program specifically designed for their age group?

Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky provides community-based and Teen in our substance use disorder treatment program in Northern Kentucky
residential substance use disorder (SUD) services for youth recovering from addiction. We’re proud to treat Northern Kentucky youth locally, since studies show that an adolescent’s treatment is more effective if his or her family is involved.

CHNK Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Rieman, a board-certified child psychiatrist, leads a diverse treatment team of physical and behavioral healthcare professionals who specialize in co-occurring disorders (e.g., patients with a diagnosed mental illness and problematic drug and/or alcohol use).

Northern Kentucky is in the midst of an unprecedented addiction epidemic with few infrastructure resources to address critical needs, particularly as they relate to adolescents. The number of heroin overdoses in NKY has tripled since 2011. Just as scary is the fact that nearly 9% of adolescents (ages 12 – 17) in Kentucky have participated in illegal drug use. Of those youth who use drugs, a staggering 82.5% do not receive treatment – a number that rises to 91.8% for youth who use alcohol. Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky can change those numbers.


Outpatient Program for Substance Use Disorders

CHNK’s Intensive Outpatient (IOP) program provides substance use education and therapy for adolescents between the ages of 13-18, as well as their families. The 10-week program consists of three weekly group counseling sessions. Each Substance Abuse Textsession is three hours long, and one is dedicated to family group counseling. Random drug screenings are conducted onsite.

CHNK uses The Seven Challenges treatment model for our IOP program. This nationally recognized evidence-based model for treating adolescent addiction meets an addicted youth where s/he is – usually resistant and reluctant to change habits – instead of where adults think the youth should be (ready, willing, and prepared to quit immediately). The model stresses the importance of openness, honesty, and decision making. Clients in the program work on self-evaluation, communication, and goal setting to help evaluate their choices.

The IOP program operates out of the Deaconess Health Check at CHNK office (525 W. Fifth Street, Suite 219, Covington, KY 41011). Conveniently located in downtown Covington, the office offers complimentary parking. A TANK bus stop is also located just outside the building.


Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services

CHNK also operates the first and (currently) only Adolescent Residential Substance Use Disorder program in Northern Kentucky, for youth requiring more acute treatment than what is offered through our intensive outpatient services. Services are geared specifically towards youth between the ages of 13 and 18, and treatment needs are determined through an initial screening and comprehensive assessment. Once admitted into the residential program, clients live on 26 private acres within the natural beauty of Devou Park, which provides a serene and safe treatment environment.

Treatment services are provided by a clinical team with over 130 years of combined experience. Length of treatment varies based on each individual client and his/her unique needs. More than 40 hours of structured therapeutic services, with a minimum of 10 hours of therapy, are provided weekly. During treatment, clients have access to an online credit recovery program that assists students who need credit hours to graduate high school. Additionally, CHNK integrates physical healthcare into its behavioral healthcare services, so youth have access to not just Dr. Rieman and his team of therapists, but also a pediatrician, RN, and LPN.

The Devou Park campus is located at 200 Home Road, Covington, KY 41011.

Payment options for our substance use disorder treatment services include Medicaid, private insurance, and self-pay.

Not sure if a child in your life is using drugs or alcohol? We can help you determine if it’s normal teenage behavior or a behavioral health/substance use issue. Call us at 1.844.YES.CHNK.

Steve Durkee, Ph.D, LPCC, LCADC, NCAAC

Steve Durkee, Ph.D, LPCC, LCADC, NCAAC

Clinical Director of Substance Use Disorder Services

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