Substance Abuse

“Substance abuse is typically defined as the use of alcohol or other drugs in ways that negatively affect life functions. These negative effects can be legal (e.g., arrests), physical (e.g., injuries), emotional (e.g., irritability), or behavioral (e.g., truancy, impaired academic performance, auto accidents, risky sex, violence, or delinquency). Most adolescents who use alcohol and drugs do not use them in ways that are considered abuse. Use that begins at an earlier than average age, however, increases the probability that use will escalate into abuse. Furthermore, use by children and adolescents at any age places them at greater risk for negative consequences than does abstinence” (Forman, Bry, & Urga, 2006)



Alcoholics Anonymous:


Narcotics Anonymous:

Narcan Training in Rockland County:

Daytop- Outpatient clinic, groups, day and evening programs for adolescents

High Focus- Adolescent substance/co-occurring outpatient treatment

Lexington Center for Recovery – Services for individuals over the age of 18 only.
(845) 369-9701

Nyack Hospital Recovery Center for Change –  Provides detoxification and buprenorphine services as well as outpatient care.

Family Support for Adolescent Substance Use:
Daytop Family Association- Tuesday meetings 7:30-9:00 pm; 845-230-8045
Parents Helping Parents Support Group – 845-230-8045
HOPE – Individual and Group Support – 845-215-9788

Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

New York Hope Line – Find help for alcoholism, drug abuse and problem gambling
1 (877) 846-7369 –

Rockland Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence (RCADD)
(845) 215-9788 –