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What Is It?

Teen intervene is a tested, time-efficient, evidence-based program for teenagers suspected of experiencing mild or moderate problems associated with alcohol or other drug use. Teen Intervene can include their parents or guardians. 

Techniques Used:

  • Stages of Change Model
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy


Who Is It For?

  • Youth- ages 12-21
  • Girls or Boys
  • Outpatient/ School setting
  • Excellent as a disciplinary and guidance component for alcohol and drug policy violators. 

Goals of the Program

  • Harm reduction
  • A more flexible approach toward goal attainment
  • Focuses on clients' reasons for using to determine willingness to change and treatment goals.
  • Treatment is focused on adolescents' specific needs. 


  • 2-3 one-hour sessions
  • Administered in a school setting
  • Variety of techniques are integrated to establish behavior change goals with the adolescent 
  • Engagement of the adolescent in discussion of the pros and cons of drug use
  • Voluntary final session to include the family and address the need for the parent to demonstrate healthy attitudes and behaviors related to substance use.