Adolescent Services

If you are a concerned teacher, parent, relative or friend, help is available! Call us for guidance, advice or to arrange a meeting, assessment or an education workshop at your school.

The team at Recovery Counselling Services (RCS) has developed a comprehensive assessment system that will determine if, and to what degree, chemical dependency is a problem in a young person’s life.

From beginning to end, we work closely with schools, guidance counsellors, therapists, and health providers involved with the student to ensure a thorough assessment, treatment plan, and positive outcome.

We use recognized screening measures and detailed information gathered from families, schools, the teen’s other health care providers, and our own mental health specialists to recommend a workable treatment plan.

For adolescents and their families in crisis or in recovery, we offer a variety of support groups and counselling services. Clients tell us they appreciate that our services are professional, confidential and caring.

What is the likelihood of a teen using alcohol or drugs?

At least 90% of high school students try alcohol or drugs. Many start as young as 11 or 12 years old. One in five will develop a dependency on one or more substances.

What are the implications?

Chemical dependency prevents young people from achieving their potential. School, relationships, and mental health often suffer. Untreated chemical dependency can lead to mental illness, hospitalization, accidents, and suicide.

How can I tell if a student is using?

Usually there is a marked change in behaviour. Young people lose interest in school, sports, and other activities. They can develop discipline or attendance problems or start showing up late. Changes in hygiene, weight and energy levels can be additional clues. As dependency becomes more severe, teens may become aggressive, lie, and even steal. Trouble with the law may follow.

What if someone wont admit to using?

Most of our young clients don’t think they have a problem.They claim they can control their use: “I can stop any time I want!” They dismiss concerns of teachers, parents and even peers, demanding to be left alone. But their judgment is poor, and they are losing their way. We recognize and acknowledge the teens’ reasoning processes and help guide them to a healthier place.