Mount Kisco and Airmont, NY (PRWEB) July 27, 2009
Lexington Center for Recovery (LCR), one of the leading providers of alcohol and substance abuse treatment in the Hudson Valley, recently introduced a treatment program for adolescent users and their family members at its Rockland County Airmont Clinic, 100 Route 59.
According to New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, in Rockland County, there are an estimated 2,700 children aged 12 to 17 (about 10% of the population) with a chemical dependency problem.
LCR's Adolescent Substance Abuse Program is geared specifically to youth ages 16 to 19 and their family members. Program services include comprehensive assessments; psychiatric evaluations and monitoring; support and treatment for opioid and other chemical dependencies; individual and family counseling; multi-family group and family and friends support; and educational group services. The program is modeled after the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Brief Strategic Family Therapy evidence-based model for adolescent substance abuse treatment.
Alcohol affects the brain by impairing coordination, judgment, vision, memory, and reflexes. For young adults with a driver's license, these are imperative skills needed for safe driving. Alcohol damages the liver and consumption increases risk of cancer. Because alcohol lowers inhibitions, drinking can also lead to such risky behaviors as unprotected sex.
Substance abuse puts a youth's health at serious risk. Marijuana, a gateway drug that can lead to use of other drugs, affects coordination, sense of time and ability to drive safely. It contains cancer-causing compounds, may be laced with other dangerous drugs and can be addictive.
"It is our responsibility to educate youth, adolescents and their families about the short- and long-term effects and dangers of alcohol consumption as well as the risks involved in substance use. Recovery is a lifelong process, but with the proper tools, the right information and a supportive recovery environment, we can keep adolescents in our community safe and healthy," said Dr. Adrienne Marcus, Executive Director of Lexington Center for Recovery.
LCR's administrative headquarters is located at 116 Radio Circle, Mt. Kisco, NY. Rockland County treatment facilities are located in Airmont and Haverstraw. Westchester County clinics and programs are located in Mount Kisco, NY; New Rochelle, NY; Elmsford, NY; Yonkers, NY; White Plains, NY; and Peekskill, NY. The agency's Dutchess County clinics are located in Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Dover Plains, Millbrook and Rhinebeck, NY. For additional information, call 914.666.0191 x1006 or visit http://www.lexingtonctr.org.
About LCR: Lexington Center for Recovery is one of the largest providers of alcoholism and substance abuse treatment in the Hudson Valley. It has treated more than 50,000 people since its establishment in 1982 and has myriad distinct programs throughout Westchester, Dutchess and Rockland counties. A vital community resource, LCR eliminates barriers to entry and success in an alcohol and substance abuse recovery program by providing support services to clients and their families. Its innovative programs are affordable and aimed at different needs and ages.