Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults

About This Program

Target Population: Adolescents with substance abuse disorders

For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 12 – 17

Program Overview

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

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults.

Essential Components

The essential components of the Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults include:

  • Using manualized Matrix Model materials
  • Providing 2 Relapse Prevention groups with 8-12 participants and 2 Family Education (client and parent) per week
  • Providing 2 Early Recovery Skills groups per week in first month
  • Requiring weekly urine/breath testing
  • Using cognitive/behavioral references
  • Reading and discussing a topic in each group

Program Delivery

Child/Adolescent Services

Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • Substance abuse

Parent/Caregiver Services

Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:

  • Being the family of a substance user

Recommended Intensity:

3 visits per week; 3 hours per visit

Recommended Duration:

16 weeks

Delivery Setting

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Outpatient Clinic


Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults includes a homework component:

Adhering to scheduled activities

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • One full-time counselor per 25 clients.
  • Adequate space for group of 12
  • One room large enough to accommodate clients and families for family/education (25-30 people)
  • DVD or VHS player

Manuals and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

Receive initial 2-day training followed by 2-day "key supervisor" training.

Manual Information

There is a manual that describes how to deliver this program.

Training Information

There is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training Type/Location:

Both onsite and at the Los Angeles clinics.

Number of days/hours:

2 days standard training plus 2 days Key Supervisor training.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults.

Additional References

McCann, M. J. & Stimson, J. (2008). The Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults: Teen-ASI outcomes. Presented at the Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness, Washington, D.C.

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

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2010