The adolescent services division at Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc. (more commonly referred to as LCADA Way) was founded in 1981 in Lorain, Ohio, a mid-sized city in the northwestern region of the state, right on Lake Erie. LCADA Way operates offices in Avon Lake, Lorain, Elyria and Medina, Ohio. LCADA Way’s adolescent services offers outpatient substance abuse treatment for clients aged 12 to 18.
Treatment and Staff
Clients and family members interested in receiving substance abuse treatment at LCADA Way begin the intake process with an initial meeting with one of the organization’s counselors. During this meeting, the counselor helps assess the client’s level of need and if they are a good fit for the program. Young people in need of detox or residential treatment centers can be referred accordingly.
LCADA Way’s adolescent programs consist of both a regular outpatient program as well as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Each implements both group and individual counseling. Although the exact intensity and length of the program is based on the needs of the client, the IOP usually consists of three to five meetings per week, while the outpatient program is one to two meetings per week. The group meetings are held in the afternoon so as to not conflict with the clients’ academic schedule. Counselors aim to address each person’s individual needs in the meetings and use the Matrix Model, education, sharing, relapse prevention and some CBT in the group and individual meetings. The group sessions are generally small with usually no more than 15 clients per group. Individual meetings are scheduled based on the needs of the client.
LCADA Way’s adolescent programs are not 12-step based. The organization is dual diagnosis and offers individual sessions with a mental health counselor for clients with potential co-occurring disorders.
LCADA Way offers a family program that consists of group meetings with other parents and other family members. The meetings aim to allow a safe space for the family members to share their concerns and issues, as well as learn about co-dependency and substance abuse education. It also has something called ACRA, the In-Home Family Therapy and Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach, which is a behavioral health program that focuses on the role of a child’s home environment as it pertains to drug and alcohol abuse.
The organization does not have an official an aftercare program, but clients are allowed to step down gradually from the OP. When leaving LCADA Way, most clients initially start attending group meetings once a week and then taper down to once every other week.
The adolescent services division at Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc. is an affordable option for youth struggling with drugs, alcohol or co-occurring disorders. The gradual step down process allows clients to transition out of the program at their own pace. Also, the family program provides a solid level of support and education for parents and concerned family members.
The LCADA Way Adolescent Services
120 East Ave
Elyria, OH 44035
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