Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults

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About This Program

Target Population: Adolescents with substance abuse disorders

For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 12 – 17

Brief Description

The Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults is an intensive outpatient treatment approach for substance abuse and dependence. The program uses research-based techniques in an approach comprised of relapse-prevention groups, separate parent and adolescent substance education groups, individual sessions for parents and adolescents, family sessions, social-support groups, and urine and breath testing delivered over a 16-week period. New alternative drug-free recreational activities are reinforced. Patients learn about addiction and relapse, and receive direction and support from a trained therapist. The program uses a cognitive/behavioral approach imbued with a motivational interviewing style and supplemented with contingency management.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of the Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults are:

  • Abstain from or decrease alcohol or other drug use
  • Understand addiction and relapse
  • Learn relapse prevention skills
  • Develop pro-social behaviors

Contact Information

Jeremy Martinez, MD
Agency/Affiliation: Matrix Institute on Addictions
Phone: (310) 478-6006
Fax: (310) 478-6117

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2014

Last CEBC Contact Date: October 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2010