St. Vincent’s provides comprehensive treatment services for adolescents who are experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs. It is our mission to remove obstacles related to alcohol and substance abuse that impede normal growth and development. Our goal is to help restore the natural development process and to promote the adolescent’s social, physical and emotional health and well being.
Before admission into the program, an adolescent receives an initial assessment, then has an additional meeting with program staff to complete a more detailed substance abuse evaluation. Depending on the adolescent’s needs, he or she may be admitted into our evening or day programs, explained below.
Excel By Night
Excel by Night is an evening program for adolescents who are relatively stable in school and are beginning to experience problems with alcohol and other substances. The evening program is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The program provides group therapy on topics such as:
• Education on the disease of addiction
• Developing positive coping skills
• Self esteem issues
• Boundary issues
Meetings with families, probation officers and other members of the adolescent’s support system are scheduled as needed.
EXCEL Day Program
The Excel day program meets the needs of adolescents who are experiencing substance abuse problems and are unable to manage at home or in school. The program is designed to meet the adolescent’s educational needs as well as to address his or her substance abuse problems.
Excel staff members work collaboratively with the student’s home school to ensure that the student is provided with an appropriate educational plan for their grade level. We employ certified teachers who maintain close contact with each student’s home school. Instruction is offered five days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., then students transition into therapeutic substance abuse groups until 2:00 p.m. to address issues such as:
• Anger management
• Alcohol and drug education
• Relapse prevention
• Decision-making skills
Complimentary breakfast and lunch are provided.
Adolescents will be asked to submit random urine screens, which at times will be supervised by clinical staff. Adolescents are supervised by clinical staff for the full duration of their time in Excel. All adolescents who complete either program are referred to appropriate aftercare to ensure a smooth transition after active treatment ends.
For more information about either program, please contact Roseanne Martinez, LMSW, at (914) 925-5112.