Local mental health treatment center for adolescents receives national award

December 15, 2010

AURORA, Colo ( Dec. 13, 2010) A highly specialized adolescent treatment service center in the metro area has been honored as one of the best in the country. Synergy provides highly specialized treatment for substance abuse, conduct disorder and other co-occurring mental health disorders. It has been named one of six national winners of a Science and Service Award for Treatment of Substance Abuse and Recovery Services. This award is given by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Synergy is part of the Addiction Research and Treatment Service (ARTS) in the Division of Substance Dependence in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine. Elizabeth Whitmore, PhD, is Director of the Synergy Outpatient Services and is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Psychiatry Department. Whitmore said, "This national honor recognizes the intense dedication of our treatment staff, who struggle daily to provide humane, caring, scientifically-supported treatments to profoundly troubled adolescents and their families."

The Science and Service Awards recognize programs that are uniquely successful in offering "evidence-based treatments". These are treatments that have a strong scientific research base demonstrating their efficacy. Synergy's award recognizes its use of Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) for adolescents and their families, a treatment that Synergy often integrates with the Community Reinforcement Approach. MST addresses all dimensions of adolescents' lives, aiming to decrease their antisocial behavior and substance abuse while improving functioning in their families and communities. This cost-effective, sustainable, family-oriented intervention is provided in adolescents' homes or community locations, outside of hospitals or residential settings.

Therapists in the center are state-certified drug abuse counselors, usually with Master's degrees in Social Work. A team of psychiatrists from the Department's Division of Substance Dependence provide psychiatric services. Synergy also has CU-owned residential (live-in) services for adolescent males on the campus of the old Fort Logan Mental Health Center.
-end-
Faculty at the University of Colorado's School of Medicine work to advance science and improve care. These faculty members include physicians, educators and scientists at University of Colorado Hospital, The Children's Hospital, Denver Health, National Jewish Health, and the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Degrees offered by the University of Colorado School of Medicine include doctor of medicine, doctor of physical therapy, and masters of physician assistant studies. The School is located on the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus, one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system. For additional news and information, please visit the UC Denver newsroom online.

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Related Substance Abuse Articles from Brightsurf:

College students with disabilities at greater risk for substance abuse
College students with physical and cognitive disabilities use illicit drugs more, and have a higher prevalence of drug use disorder, than their non-disabled peers, according to a Rutgers study.

An AI algorithm to help identify homeless youth at risk of substance abuse
While many programs and initiatives have been implemented to address the prevalence of substance abuse among homeless youth in the United States, they don't always include data-driven insights about environmental and psychological factors that could contribute to an individual's likelihood of developing a substance use disorder.

How Tweets may influence substance abuse in youth
In a new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), researchers characterized the content of 23 million drug-related tweets by youths to identify their beliefs and behaviors related to drug use and better understand the potential mechanisms driving substance use behavior.

Time in host country -- a risk factor for substance abuse in migrants
Refugees and other migrants who move to Sweden are initially less likely to be diagnosed with alcohol or drug addiction than the native population but over time their rates of substance abuse begin to mirror that of the Swedish born population.

Children of incarcerated parents have more substance abuse, anxiety
Children of incarcerated parents are six times more likely to develop a substance use disorder in adulthood and nearly twice as likely to have diagnosable anxiety compared to children whose parents were not incarcerated, according to new research from the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University.

Reducing care needs of teens with substance-abuse disorders
Screenings, interventions, and referrals can help adolescent teens overcome substance abuse in the short-term.

Pain and substance abuse interact in a vicious cycle
Pain and substance use interact in a vicious cycle that can ultimately worsen and maintain both chronic pain and addiction, according to a research team including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Gap in substance abuse data could have long-term implications, study finds
A policy of redacting Medicare claims that included diagnosis or procedure codes related to substance abuse was in effect from 2013-2017, just as the Affordable Care Act and the opioid epidemic were drastically changing the healthcare landscape.

AI tool promotes positive peer groups to tackle substance abuse
When it comes to fighting substance abuse, research suggests the company you keep can make the difference between recovery and relapse.

Investigators highlight potential of exercise in addressing substance abuse in teens
Exercise has numerous, well-documented health benefits. Could it also play a role in preventing and reducing substance misuse and abuse in adolescents?

Read More: Substance Abuse News and Substance Abuse Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.