Parents of adolescents suffering from drug and/or alcohol problems can find solace in institutions like Drug Abuse Treatment Association, or as they commonly refer to themselves, DATA. Adhering to the mentality that at their core, children are good and capable of becoming productive members of society, DATA has been offering preventive measures and substance abuse treatment to South Florida communities for over 30 years. It hopes to reinvigorate both young people and their families through solid treatment aimed at motivating teens to get sober but also to reach their full potential.
Accommodations and Food
In addition to running two outpatient counseling centers, DATA has two residential treatment facilities for young men and women: The Norman C. Hayslip Center and the Walter D. Kelly Center (pictured). Hayslip, located in Fort Pierce, Florida, in a somewhat rustic, isolated area, can house up to 19 adolescents while Kelly can accommodate 20 in its West Palm Beach home. The residents range in age from as young as 11 up to 18, but the average resident is in his or her early teens. Clients live in single-story group homes, sharing rooms and bathrooms and chores. Both facilities have a weight room, volleyball and basketball courts and indoor common areas for socializing.
Three home cooked meals and two snacks a day are provided at both facilities. DATA must adhere to the same regulations as traditional public school cafeterias but the quality of food is reportedly better. They also offer instruction in food preparation and menu planning in an effort to teach residents self-sufficiency and adult responsibility.
Treatment and Staff
The average, or recommended, length of stay at one of the DATA residences is six months. Having said that, program participants are free to leave at any time and the teams here do not force people who are unwilling to work their program, to stay. Individual therapy, group therapy and family programming are the essence of treatment with DATA. Education, both drug addiction and general academic, is also a huge component. Clients go to school on-site until 3 pm, after which is time for group and/or individual therapy; the hours of which vary per client. An activity director leads art therapy group several times a week and takes the kids on outings to local parks. Official graduation of the program is contingent upon a client’s proven comprehension of basic schooling and all facets of drug and alcohol addiction, namely its long term consequences and effect on society when abused.
The outpatient services are not quite as extensive. It’s primarily weekly individual therapy sessions with the option to participate in group therapy or 12-step meetings. Family therapy is required, too. They also conduct drug tests and referrals for other types of treatment facilities if needed.
Beyond the treatment offered at its residential and outpatient locations, DATA also facilitates intervention services through both local schools and the juvenile justice system. Its TASC program provides targeted case management for those youth caught on the wrong side of law. DATA wants to insure they have a fair chance to get affordable services for substance abuse issues that might be the true cause for their delinquent record. Project SUCCESS is a prevention program run by DATA serving middle and high school students in the Palm Beach County vicinity.
Drug Abuse Treatment Association does not offer detox services and there are no doctors on staff. A nurse visits each facility every day and in addition to that, each location staffs two general managers, two therapists, two “floor managers,” two cooks and an activity director who bounces between the two residences.
The Drug Abuse Treatment Association does not offer much in the way of dual diagnosis treatment. However, parents or juvenile justice advocates who need an affordable resource to get kids back in line and sober may well want to check this spot out.
Drug Abuse Treatment Association Location
1016 Clemons St, Ste 300
Jupiter, FL 33477
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