SPOTLIGHT: Charlotte, NC’s Adolescent and Youth Programs

SPOTLIGHT: Charlotte, NC’s Adolescent and Youth Programs

Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, NCADD’s Charlotte, NC Affiliate, offers a range of programs for youth, including prevention and treatment.

Programs are available in school and community settings as well as through an outpatient treatment setting. In general, the goals of these programs are to support youth in developing strong social skills to help them in avoiding alcohol, tobacco and other drug use or to treat adolescents who have a substance use issue.

Prevention programs generally consist of lessons that include motivational activities, social skills training, and decision making components that are delivered through group discussions, games, role-playing exercises, videos and worksheets. Most programs are available to be delivered in English or Spanish.

For young people who may have signs of increased risk for developing problems such as truancy issues or those already experimenting with some high-risk alcohol or drug choices, Anuvia offers early intervention programs. Designed for youth involved with the criminal justice system or with the police department, Anuvia’s early intervention programs encourage young people to improve decision-making and communication skills, manage anger and conflicts, set goals, and abstain from alcohol and drugs.

Focus is a highly interactive, evidence-based intervention program for youth ages 13 to 17 cited or arrested for misdemeanor violations related to: alcohol and drugs; disorderly conduct; simple assault; resisting arrest; larceny; shoplifting; vandalism, or breaking and entering. Focus consists of interactive lessons delivered across eight sessions that include group discussions, role-playing exercises, videos, and student worksheets. In addition to the youth component, parents are responsible for full program attendance and participation in support of their youth. Parents are engaged in both collaborative and adult group discussion as well as exercises that support communication, effective discipline, and problem solving. Program services are free of charge to individuals residing in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. Upon referral, youth and their parents participate in a screening process and if determined eligible, are enrolled.

Adolescence can be a difficult transition--even without using alcohol and drugs. When alcohol and/or drugs are involved, things can move very quickly from difficult to terrible or even deadly. Fortunately, Anuvia is there to help with a specific center for adolescent treatment. From assessments through graduation, the program is designed specifically for the needs of teens and their families. The program goals are: promoting abstinence; improving decision-making; building life skills, and strengthening families. The Adolescent Center serves young people ages 12 to 17 and their families.

Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center is now a designated Safe Place in Charlotte. The organization will display the yellow and black Safe Place sign, which signifies immediate help and safety for youth. It is estimated that over one million youth run away from home each year due to abuse, neglect, family conflicts and other issues. The Safe Place program is an option for young people who feel they have nowhere to turn.

In Mecklenburg County, where Anuvia operates, there are 198 standing sites designated as Safe Places, and 320 mobile sites where any child or teen can ask for help and get connected to the Youth Crisis Center. Mecklenburg County’s Safe Place initiative is part of a national network of Safe Place programs in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Teens can text the word “safe” and their current location (address, city, state) to a specified number and receive a message with the closest Safe Place location and the number for the local youth shelter. Users also have the option to text interactively with a mental health professional for more help.

For more information on these and other Anuvia programs:
Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center
Larry Snider, Executive Director
100 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

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