Back to Services


Our Adolescent services address the needs of the individual and family, helping everyone involved build skills for a successful life.


A Comprehensive Approach

We have two different tracks for adolescents.  If you have been referred by your child’s school, please click here for Hallways, our prevention and early intervention program. 

Adolescent Assessments

The first step for helping an adolescent is the assessment.  During the adolescent assessment, both the family and the individual speak with the Family and Adolescent therapist.  The lead therapist then confers with a team of experts about treatment recommendations, and we work with the family to develop and initiate the appropriate treatment plan. We identify the services that will best suit the needs of the individual and the family, leveraging the combined expertise of our therapists as well as our extensive list of referrals when necessary.

Adolescent Services

Freedom Institute works with adolescents ages 13-19 who are struggling with substance abuse and other emotional and behavioral issues.  The program is designed to help adolescents and their families understand the risks of recreational use, educate them about substance abuse and addiction and assess the extent to which the adolescent is using substances. We treat substance abuse as a family problem and our adolescent and family counselors work closely to ensure the entire family system is treated.

Substance use and abuse often comes with a host of related issues. During the treatment and recovery process, we provide support for depression, anxiety, learning issues, body image challenges, and trauma.

Based on our assessment, a treatment plan is tailored to include a selection of the following services:


  • Comprehensive Substance Use Assessment and Mental Health Screening
  • Psycho-education and Coping Skill Development
  • Short-Term Prevention Counseling
  • Individual Therapy
  • Individual Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Psychiatry referrals as needed

The Freedom Institute staff is comprised of a range of addiction specialists. Our multidisciplinary team has been trained in a wide variety of innovative treatment modalities to work with the adolescent and their family, including:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Adolescent Group Therapy
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Family Therapy
  • FITT Program
  • Weekly family therapy
  • Multi-family group
  • Parent DBT Skills Group

Freedom Institute offers therapeutic academic support through Academics West for adolescents who are unable to stay in their current schools.  This service allows young people to achieve their academic goals while continuing their treatment close to home and their families.


Having a child (be they an adolescent, young adult or an adult) with substance abuse issues creates ongoing stress that impacts family relationship.  Even after a loved one gets sober, feelings and experiences from the past may be difficult to process and move beyond, not to mention worrying about relapse and rebuilding trust.  In this group, parents will support one another, explore effective problem solving strategies that strengthen relationships and foster self-compassion regarding the challenges of parenting in the context of addiction. This group meets every other week on Wednesdays (starting on November 15th. 2017) from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.  The fee is $50.00.

For more information, please contact Genoveva Garcia, LCSW, Family Therapist at 212-838-0044, extension 0060.


FITT is Freedom Institute’s outpatient treatment coordination plan designed to augment treatment by coordinating with outside service providers. We create a level of treatment similar to an inpatient facility to support clients in need of extra care in the critical stages of their recovery process.

Our FITT clinical coordinators create a cohesive plan to supervise a client’s care by working with existing care providers, such as psychiatrists, therapists, and doctors, or assembling outside care as needed.