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Substance Use Treatment Groups

Substance Use Treatment Groups

YES’ Substance Use and Co-Occurring Treatment Group program embraces the philosophy that young people have the capacity to evaluate their lives and challenges, reflect on their decisions about substance use, and work to implement positive changes with the positive support of peers, loved ones, and skilled co-occurring treatment professionals. Groups are offered in combination with individual counseling and family support, and youth are encouraged to start in the group that is relevant to their needs, as determined at their assessment. 


Meets Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Bellevue office 

A six-week education and introductory treatment group designed to engage youth in a conversation about substance use decisions and to empower them to identify problems and solutions, as well as find motivation for positive change. The AWARE Group utilizes a progressively building curriculum, with youth joining and completing the six-week program as a cohort and then working with their group and individual counselors to create a personalized plan for the next steps. 

  • January 9th, 2024– Session 1: Making Thoughtful Choices 
  • January 16th, 2024 – Session 2: Facts and Myths about Drugs  
  • January 23rd, 2024 – Session 3: Identifying Problems 
  • January 30th, 2024 – Session 4: Triggers to Use 
  • February 6th, 2024 – Session 5: Using & Clean Voices  
  • February 13th, 2024 – Session 6: Moving On

Seven Challenges® Group 

Meets Wednesday, 5-6:30 p.m. at the Bellevue office 

Our core treatment group utilizes the Seven Challenges ® program, a nationally recognized evidence-based treatment approach designed to assist youth in gaining insight, learning skills, evaluating how their choices impact their lives, and developing an action plan for living a healthy life. 

Learn more about the 7 challenges approach

SMART Recovery Family & Friends 

Meets Tuesday 6-7:30 p.m. virtually through the Zoom platform 

Our education and support group for family and friends (18+) of young people experiencing challenges with substance use, SMART Recovery Family & Friends, implements the nationally recognized SMART Recovery program, an evidence-based approach designed to provide concerned significant others the tools they need to effectively support their loved one, without supporting the addictive behavior.

SMART Recovery Family & Friends is an open-enrollment psychoeducational process group with a rotating list of discussion topics and open forum space for professionally facilitated peer support. Participation in the SMART Family & Friends group requires a referral from a YES agency, school, or community-based counselor but is open to all concerned significant others living in the Lake Washington and Bellevue school district catchment areas, regardless of whether or not their young person is engaged in treatment services.

To inquire about the process of joining the SMART Recovery Family & Friends group, please speak with your young person’s YES counselor.


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