Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Intensive Outpatient Program for Adolescents Seeking Substance Use Treatment

The Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Program for Adolescents provides competent and compassionate treatment that seeks to assist adolescents, ages 14-18 years of age, in their goals for living healthy and productive lives. The program is clinically driven as it seeks to individualize treatment approaches for the unique needs of each participant receiving services.

We understand that recovery can sometimes be a long process; however, we do guarantee that each individual will be presented with skills and tools necessary to achieve long-term sobriety, if these skills and tools are utilized effectively. 

In order to deliver this promise, our treatment approach is unique. We embrace evidence based treatment methods from a person-centered approach, seeking to individualize each person’s treatment experience for the greatest benefit of the person. 

Our promise to you is that you will receive our services with respect, impeccable service from our seasoned professionals, and in a clean, professional, and therapeutic environment. 

To schedule an intake assessment appointment please feel free to contact our intake coordinator Kimberly Sharp at (703) 955-3187.


You will find our program goals themed throughout our services and your individualized care. Our program goals are:

  • Understand the disease of addiction
  • Increase sobriety time
  • Learn how to utilize community/family/social support
  • Build a sober lifestyle
  • Recognize potential dangers to your recovery
  • Improve self-care

What We Do and Offer:

Youth For Tomorrow offers an American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) level 2.1 co-occurring capable treatment program. Each program participant must meet ASAM criteria for the 2.1 level of care. Length of treatment is determined by ongoing assessment of ASAM criteria and progress made on treatment goals. However, individuals can plan for a treatment process that lasts 3-4 months. Discharge planning is a continuous part of treatment as we pursue placing individuals in the least restrictive level of care that will meet their treatment needs. 

Your treatment services will consist of a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan formulation, individual sessions, group sessions, and family sessions. Outside participation in community-based recovery support groups may be required. Also, we require all individuals receiving services to participate in random drug screens and alcohol breathalyzer strips, as a tool to measure sobriety. 

Please be aware that these are revolving groups. This means that group members’ start dates and end dates may differ. 

Youth for Tomorrow’s Intensive Outpatient Program is a 3-4 month program. In order to fully complete the program all facets (levels of care) of the program must be completed:


Phase I
  • Attend group three times per week
  • Participate in family sessions
Phase II
  • Attend group two times per week
  • Participate in all family sessions
  • Complete relapse prevention and recovery plan
Phase III
  • Once IOP is completed, referral to the Treatment Recovery Group (ASAM 1.0 level of care) will be made. Group meets Wednesday nights from 4:00pm to 5:30pm


The program takes place Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm-7:00 pm, with Thursdays including a family group session from 5:30pm to 7pm. Step down services for treatment are provided: Phase I is three times per week, Phase II is two times per week, and Phase III is a treatment recovery group that meets on Wednesdays from 4pm-5:30pm. 

A Substance Abuse Program Schedule is provided as part of your orientation handbook. All activities on the schedule are required as part of your Substance Abuse Treatment unless otherwise directed by your Therapist.  Deviations from the group schedule may occur when recognized national holidays are scheduled (i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas and etc.). Youth For Tomorrow will notify you in writing if these deviations will occur. 

Specific evidence based curriculum that is used by the Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Program for Adolescents include: The Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults, The 12 Step

Facilitation Program, Living in Balance, and Group Treatment for Substance Abuse.

Intake Process: 

The intake process begins with a call to our intake coordinator, Kim Sharp, at (703)-955-3187, and an appointment is then scheduled. Following the screening, the information is then given to our Substance abuse Program Manager, with the appointment, for a full, confidential, ASAM criteria guided, bio/psycho/social/spiritual assessment. Other assessment tools that will be used are: Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale, Pain & Nutrition assessment and the SASSI. To enter into the ASAM 2.1 level of treatment, a criteria form is submitted to the ARTS program, for a 72 hour turnaround evaluation for approval. If found appropriate, the participant will be contacted and then begin the Intensive Outpatient Program.

Admission and Exclusion Criteria: 

  • The program participant cannot be in withdrawal, nor be intoxicated.
  • Certain criminal offenses will be staffed case by case.
  • The individual cannot have any psychosis/psychotic behaviors, nor SMI (Serious Mental Illness).
  • The primary (First/Main) diagnosis MUST be a substance use disorder.
  • The program participant must live in a safe, stable, sober and supportive environment.
  • The program participant must be between ages 14 years old and 18 years old.
  • The program participant must meet ASAM criteria (2.1 level of care, which is a minimum of 6 hours per week for adolescents) for admission and continued treatment.
  • Program participant needs to have family/guardian support, which will participate in the treatment process.
  • If the program participant is receiving psychiatric medications, they must be under the care of a psychiatrist, and a release of information needs to be signed. We encourage services of psychiatric and mental health/substance use disorders be together with Youth For Tomorrow Behavioral Health Services.

The clinical staff of Youth for Tomorrow’s Intensive Outpatient Program have a developed, evidenced-based theoretical approach, to work with adolescents which battle a substance use disorder. They are highly skilled, empathic, and possess extensive knowledge, expertise and experience in the field of addictions 

Treatment Modules

  • Group therapy
  • Weekly and Bi-Monthly Individual & Family therapy
  • Phases of treatment: Phase I: Three times per week. Phase II: Two times per week.
  • Monthly ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) assessment to track the individual participant’s progress.

Additional Services to Include

  • Step down treatment recovery group
  • Support groups resources and referrals
  • Random urine drug and alcohol screening
  • Referrals to other ASAM appropriate levels of care


Our program will be using the Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) Reimbursement Structure.  The ARTS program accepts Optima Health Family Care, Virginia Medicaid/Magellan Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Aetna, Anthem Health keepers Plus, Humana, Virginia Premier and INTotal Health.  We would bill the individuals insurance first and any co-pays or deductibles would then be billed to the parent/legal guardian and can vary depending on the individual’s insurance plan coverage.  To enter into the ASAM 2.1 level of treatment, a criteria form is submitted to the ARTS program, for a 72 hour turnaround evaluation for approval. If found appropriate, the participant will be contacted and then begin the Intensive Outpatient Program. 

Our Team:

Substance Abuse Program Manager: Chris Coleman, LPC, LSATP, CSAC, MAC, CCDP, NCC

Therapist/Resident in Counseling: Mayra Cardenas, MA, RIC.

Location: YFT Woodbridge Office

14000 Crown Court, Suite 101, Woodbridge, VA 22193

To schedule an intake assessment appointment please feel free to contact our intake coordinator Kimberly Sharp at (703) 955-3187.