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Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)

Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)

Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), provides treatment and support for adolescents and their families struggling with substance abuse and dependency.

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ASAP Program in Denver

The Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), offered by the Denver Family Therapy Center provides treatment and support for adolescents struggling with alcohol and/or substance abuse and chemical dependency.

Treatment for adolescents with dual diagnosis (those struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues is also provided. This program is licensed by the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and is considered an intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment facility by insurance companies.

ASAP has a family systems-based approach to treatment. While adolescents learn about drug abuse and ways to maintain abstinence, the entire family is included in setting treatment goals, to address the problems related to substance use.

Our goal is to help move adolescents and their families down the continuum of care to the least intrusive and least restrictive services available. Adolescents are held accountable for sobriety through regular urine drug testing.

Parents get help and support in building their parenting skills by setting clear limits, expectations, and personal boundaries. Because the program treats the family as a whole, it is very important for parents to participate in the treatment process.

ASAP Clinical Staff

Jamie Blair Echevarria, LCSW, LMFT, CAS
Dionna Santoro (Clinician)
Nich Dhillon (Clinician)
Samantha Kelley (FCC)
Dino Abeyta (FCC)


Multi-Family Therapy Group 6:00-8:00pm

Peer Support Group 4:30-6:00pm.

Service Rates

  • Most Major insurance companies are accepted
  • Medicaid accepted
  • Sliding scale available for qualifying participants
  • Assessments $300
  • Family/Individual Therapy $120 per hour
  • Group therapy $48 per group
  • Urine Drug Screens $22
  • Light snacks and refreshments are provided.

ASAP Treatment Services:

  • Drug and Alcohol Assessments
  • Multi-Family Group
  • Peer Group
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Urine Drug Screens

Collaboration with Other Professionals

  • Hospitals
  • Judicial Systems
  • Human Services
  • Educational Systems
  • Psychiatric Consultatio

How ASAP Works

Licensed and masters level therapists, who are also Certified Addictions Counselors and who specialize in family systems therapy conduct an initial assessment to determine the appropriate level of care and design an individualized treatment plan.  The assessment will lead to one of several different levels of intervention.  

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Adolescent substance abuse group therapy

Ongoing Outpatient Treatment

Clients exhibiting a moderate level of risk and a moderate level of life disruption as a result of their substance use will be referred to ongoing treatment. This treatment does not have a maximum length of time and will be completed when the client and family have met their treatment goals. This level of treatment will include:

1 to 2 therapy sessions per week may be individual, family, or group therapy (see schedule below).
Regular urine screens to monitor substance use.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

For many families, the most effective treatment is the intensive outpatient treatment, which includes family and individual therapy, and up to four  hours of group therapy per week for a total of  up to 9 hours per week. 

The length of stay in the intensive outpatient treatment is determined based on the needs of the family.  The average length of stay at this level of care is six to ten weeks, before reducing frequency. 

It is common that a client will “step down” from the intensive outpatient level of care to the ongoing outpatient level of treatment.


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Guiding Philosophy

The ASAP program utilizes a Brief Family Therapy/ Systemic approach to treating adolescent substance abuse.  “Brief Family Therapy is a planned and co-creative process, utilizing both family strengths and the least restrictive and intrusive treatment interventions to help the family identify and develop solutions” (Blair, Kelsall, 2001).  

ASAP Treatment goals include:

  • Improving overall family functioning (according to the family’s definition of what is functional for them)
  • Increasing/improving community involvement for the adolescent in school, occupation, extra-curricula’s, or community service.
  • Reduce drug and/or alcohol use.
  • Reduce the level of involvement in the court system.

Specific objectives for ASAP’s treatment program include:

  • Developing a common language among family members and treatment providers (i.e. therapists, probation officers, psychiatrists, etc,).
  • Identifying patterns around destructive behaviors and helping to develop alternative responses.  This will include looking at roles, communication patterns, solution patterns, etc.
  • Allowing for mutual peer support during the process of change and its predictable pain and relapse process.
  • Establishing a trial and error process to help the adolescent and family determine needs for future treatment (e.g., sobriety, controlled use, AA, etc.).
  • Helping the adolescent and family discover alternatives to use that enhance intrapersonal and interpersonal developments.
  • Facilitating a pro-social process of separations/individuation.


The staff were all very helpful, and David Blair was a great listener, helping me through quite a few issues I was having at the time.

FAQs – Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)

Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) is a special program within Denver Family Therapy Center. ASAP is program that is classified as an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for substance  abusing adolescents from the ages of 13-19 years of age. The ASAP program consists of assessments, individual therapy, family therapy, group therapies, and urinalysis screens.
ASAP is based on the child/family’s individual needs, so there is no established length of stay in the program. ASAP is based on the child/family’s individual needs, so there is no established length of stay in the program. ASAP is based on the child/family’s individual needs, so there is no established length of stay in the program. ASAP is based on the child/family’s individual needs, so there is no established length of stay in the program. ASAP is based on the child/family’s individual needs, so there is no established length of stay in the program. ASAP is based on the child/family’s individual needs, so there is no established length of stay in the program. ASAP is based on the child/family’s individual needs, so there is no established length of stay in the program.
Although influenced by many 12-step techniques, ASAP would not be considered a 12-step program, but rather a family therapy based program
Although ASAP does not have a sliding scale fee schedule, we are willing to work with families by setting up an appropriate payment plan that will fit within the family’s budget.
ASAP contracts with most major insurance companies including Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, CHP+, Colorado Access, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, United Health Care, and Beacon. We can also create individual agreements with other and smaller companies so if you have questions, please contact us to ask. We work with alternative funding resources if you are interested in getting treatment but unsure if you can afford it. Please call us to discuss payment.

We also offer a Sliding Scale for qualifying participants. Client can apply for this at intake. Participants may qualify for up to 100% coverage. To qualify, clients must be accessing substance abuse treatment, and do not have any other form of health insurance or Medicaid.
Yes. ASAP contracts with a local toxicology lab to pick-up urine specimens twice weekly. Reports are usually returned to ASAP within a few business days of when the specimens were picked-up.
Yes. The ASAP program is based on the assumption that the family’s strengths and resources are required if success with a substance-abusing adolescent is to be achieved.
The main difference between drug/alcohol group therapy and drug/alcohol classes has to do with the level of participation that is expected. With group therapy, group members are expected to participate in the discussion and contribute to finding solutions for themselves or their family. Drug/alcohol classes focus more on education and awareness (insert link to YDAP page), but do not necessarily require participation from the group members.
The ASAP program has two distinct groups each week. The first group is a multi-family group, where several families attend and discuss various issues that are occurring within families, provide support to one another, and provide suggestions/feedback on how to handle adolescent children. The second group is a peer support group where the adolescent support one another to attain and maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol, and otherwise support one another through their common and individual struggles.
Individual and family therapy meeting times are scheduled between the family/child and their therapist. Group therapy sessions meet on established times and days of the week.
The process of filling-out paperwork, filling-out the questionnaires, and participating in the interview will take approximately 2.5 hours.
The assessment requires the completion of two scored substance use questionnaires, an interview with the child and at least one parent/guardian, and collateral contact with probation, human services, medical facilities, and/or other mental health providers that the parents deem as needed.
If a child’s substance use is creating problems within the family, school, community, the law, work, or their own mental health, please call and schedule an assessment.