Adolescent Programs

Adolescents differ developmentally from adults and have unique challenges, such as relating to their families, dealing with peer groups and peer pressure, and getting an education. Adolescent BRO addresses not only substance use and mental health concerns but also behavioral issues and many other aspects of a teen’s life. We recognize that drug and alcohol abuse hurts more than the teens that use them, and are therefore dedicated to helping the entire family work through the network of problems caused by the teen’s substance use or dependency, as well as the underlying mental health and social issues behind it. We motivate our residents to challenge themselves to recover and take control of their lives. We provide a safe, caring, and supportive environment for your child to heal. For those looking for a long-term, residential recovery program, Breakthrough Recovery Outreach provides an initial 90 Day Program for both male and female teenagers. The adolescent is in need of a 24/7, highly structured, residential environment to remove them from the opportunity to acquire alcohol or substances while keeping them safe, comfortable and focused. The Adolescent 90 Day Program provides around the clock supervision by BRO staff while the teen engages in therapeutic programming, wholistic activities and community based 12-Step meetings. All residents will have a minimum of three hours of individualized schooling on weekdays through Faith Academy and a personalized education plan to maintain the teen’s current study curriculum. The teens are transported, based on gender, to Breakthrough’s office for the day programming, to off-site facilities for some of the wholistic programming (i.e., yoga studio, kickboxing and exercise gym), to various 12-Step meetings in the evenings within the metro-Atlanta community and to church on Sundays.

BRO‘s treatment team consists of highly skilled and experienced professionals who use experienced-based techniques and current modalities that include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Behavior Modification, 12 Step Groups, Psycho—Educational Group Therapy, Educational Direction and Support, Recreation and Expressive Arts, and Psychiatric Evaluation and Medical Management. Each adolescent is assigned a licensed therapist/counselor who works directly with them throughout their treatment. Adolescent residents will work with several other professionals over the course of their treatment to get the maximum results. Additionally, several consultants who specialize in working with teens will be utilized as needed in the following areas:

  • Licensed Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Medical Doctors
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Supervising Nurses
  • Art Therapists
  • Residential Program Managers


Residential Program

BRO‘s Adolescent Residential Program treatment consists of several components intended to meet the changing needs of adolescents that includes:

  • Comprehensive Screening Assessments – Includes psychiatric, psychological, medical, and social factors in the adolescent’s life.
  • Individual Treatment Planning – Each treatment plan identifies desired goals, expectations, and mutually agreed-upon time frames.
  • Structured Daily Schedule – Includes individual and group counseling, addiction-related education groups, chores, schoolwork, 12-Step meetings and recreation
    programs which includes service-based activities.
  • Academics – All residents will have a minimum of three hours of individualized schooling on weekdays with a personalized education plan to maintain the teen’s current study curriculum.
  • Family Therapeutic Treatment – Consistent family involvement is mandatory in all aspects of treatment and recovery and includes weekly family counseling and
    weekly multi-family group.
  • Continuing Care — A structured recovery plan to help ensure the adolescent continues sobriety.


Adolescent – Education Program

Here at Breakthrough we understand the importance of education as part of our treatment structure. We provide support to our adolescents by being the point of contact for teachers while adding time for school work as part of their treatment plan. In most instances, the school will provide a homebound teacher, online schooling, or send school work assignments by email or through the parents. Our Education Coordinator will then provide academic support and remain in contact with the teachers.


Adolescent – Evening Intensive Outpatient Program

Because adolescent needs are different than adult needs, Breakthrough Recovery Outreach holds a separate EIOP for this age group (14 – 17). The intent of this specialized program is the same as the EIOP thereby focusing on clients who wish to sustain and strengthen their recovery while living independently at their own residence. Typically, adolescents in the EIOP have already achieved a certain length of time of sobriety and are in need of additional support from a therapeutic approach. Programming includes a one-on-one assessment, group therapy sessions (psycho-educational and psychotherapy), multi-family groups, random drug screens and an exit session. The Adolescent EIOP occurs three evening weekdays (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) for a three hour timeframe from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and is ideal for maintaining school attendance while strengthening their recovery. A final, negative drug screen is necessary in order to receive a certificate of completion at the end of this program.


A.S.A.P. – Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention

A.S.A.P. is an 8-week program, free of charge, designed to provide skills for adolescents (ages 12-18) that will empower them to make better choices regarding the use of drugs and alcohol. The program incorporates skill building and peer-groups to teach and convey positive and healthy ways of dealing and responding courageously in life within the home, school, and community. Classes are held every Wednesday from 6:00pm- 7:00pm.

To make a referral or for more information, please contact:

Chris Jacobs, CEO

Breakthrough Recovery Outreach

3648 Chamblee Tucker Road, Suite F

Atlanta, GA 30341

Office: (770) 493-7750     Fax: (770) 493-557