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Detour Program helps teens face substance abuse


From out of control anger to truancy, to destruction of family trust and health, substance use has real, painful life impact. The Detour Program at Linden Oaks allows teens an opportunity to explore their use, peer pressure, and relapse issues while helping them gain strategies for communication and abstinence.


Designed as an alternative to suspension for first-time offenders, Detour helps students in middle school and high school and their parents or guardians to explore attitudes and behavior related to substance abuse. 

Education: A key part to the Detour Program
Using an educational approach focused on early intervention and prevention, adolescents and their families work with a trained behavior health associate who is an addictions counselor. Together, participants focus on several key areas including:

  • Peer pressure
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Abstinence strategies
  • Consequences of negative behavior
  • Relapse prevention

The student and one of his or her parents are required to attend two 3-hour sessions. Detour sessions are held monthly throughout the school year at Linden Oaks’ locations in Naperville, Plainfield and St. Charles.  The program costs $150.

“There are an increasing number of student service teams using - and requesting - our program.  Detour is not therapy or detox, but it provides much needed education and intervention so kids can learn about peer pressure, abstinence strategies, and the real dangers of drug and alcohol use,” says Mark Molina, LCPC, program coordinator for the Linden Oaks St. Charles location.

In order to be eligible for participation in the Detour Program, teens must first complete a free confidential assessment by a Linden Oaks counselor. In St. Charles, assessments are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. Same day assessments are available. For Naperville and Plainfield, assessments are available 24 hours, seven days a week.  

During this assessment, the counselor identifies whether or not the participant needs a higher level of care beyond Detour or a more intense level of care for depression or other mental health issue.

Referrals to the Detour Program can be made by parents, school officials and the court system.


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