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New Weekend Program at Butler Hospital Wants to Help Teens to be SAAFER

In an effort to improve resources in the community for teens struggling with substance abuse and mental health problems, Butler Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Program is offering the Substance Abuse Adolescent and Family Education Recovery (SAAFER) Program. SAAFER offers teens and their family members a range of family therapy and educational interventions in a convenient, relaxed setting on Saturday mornings.

According to the Office of Applied Studies (OAS) in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2008 there were 723 drug-related emergency department visits for adolescents ages 12 to 17 around the country, of which 465 involved the use of illegal drugs or the misuse or abuse of pharmaceuticals. These statistics are compounded when you consider that in Rhode Island, 11 percent of 12 to17 year olds received outpatient mental health treatment from 2005 to 2007. Another 2 percent received more intensive inpatient mental health care.

The SAAFER program is designed specifically for teens and their family members who are dealing with addictions and mental health problems. During the weekly session, which runs for 12 weeks, teens and their family members meet in group and individual counseling sessions that are led by licensed chemical dependency professionals and licensed social workers.

The goal of Butler’s SAAFER Program is to provide useful information on effective strategies for recovering from an addiction, maintaining recovery, and helping with any behavioral problems related to the addictions. Medication management with a psychiatrist is also available if needed. Other services include group therapy, drug screening, medication management, and education about illnesses and treatments. Adolescents interested in attending the program are prescreened to determine that they can benefit from the program.

For more information about the SAAFER Program at Butler Hospital, call 401-455-6226.

Butler Hospital is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, adolescents and children in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The flagship hospital for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research.

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