Youth and Family Addiction Services

HUM provides a comprehensive assessment and outpatient addiction treatment for youth and family members in Calgary and surrounding areas.  Assessment means we spend time getting to know you, try to find out what is going on and the acuity of the issues. Treatment means the things we do to help you and your child which may include individual, family and group therapy and other services.

HUMs focus with youth and families is early intervention.  Early intervention refers to getting help early for people showing initial signs and symptoms of a mental health problem and/or addiction. Recent research indicates that early intervention and treatment dramatically impact the course of mental illness and addiction and that many people can go on to live happy and productive lives with appropriate treatment.

The benefits of early intervention includes:

  • helping youth and families get healthier faster and prevent problems from becoming worse.
  • improving the quality of home and family life
  • Providing the family with healthier coping tools to deal with life stressors
  • improving awareness and seeking professional help proactively
  • increasing the opportunity for enhanced health and well-being for all the family members

A goal of HUM’s youth and family addiction services is to increase the health and wellness of the family unit, help strengthen the ability of parents to support their children, help the youth with their addiction issues and improve family relationships and functioning.

HUM provides support for youth ages 12 to 18 years old, their parent(s)/guardians and family members. For those families that are separated or divorced, it is important for you provide a copy of legal custody and access orders, parenting orders, and agreements, as well as consent from the non-accompanying guardian prior to your first appointment at HUM.

Ways to access  the Youth and Family addiction services at HUM

  1. The parent(s) or guardian(s) come for a comprehensive assessment and ongoing therapy. This is beneficial when needing support and guidance when your youth is not ready for help
  2. Youth come for a comprehensive assessment and ongoing therapy for those who voluntarily seek help
  3. Both youth and parent(s) come for a comprehensive assessment and ongoing therapy

For more information about the comprehensive assessment, click here

What happens after the comprehensive assessment?

A one-hour family appointment is recommended to talk about the treatment plan (covered by Alberta Health Care). The family appointment will include your child, you, your family, and a HUM physician. Additional family sessions are recommended and available upon request.

What types of treatment services are offered at HUM?

Treatment is tailored to an individual’s needs and may include the following:

  • Individual psychotherapy: one-on-one.
  • Family therapy: helps the whole family. Family therapy can help make family relationships better. The whole family may take part.
  • Group therapy: individuals in the family dealing with similar problems come together with others (will not be in same group as other family members).
  • Outpatient, medically supervised detox/withdrawal management if needed. This occur Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.  A supervised and supportive home environment is required during the detox/withdrawal period .
  • Medication assessment and management as needed.
  • Opioid maintenance including suboxone, methadone, injectable sublocade
  • Medically supervised withdrawal management/detoxification
  • Medication assessment and management
  • Point of care urine drug screening (12 panel + alcohol)
  • Treatment for eating disorders, self-harm such as cutting
  • Addiction (substances, food, gambling, video gaming, sex etc.)
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Self-Esteem
  • Bereavement

How do you know if your teen is using drugs or alcohol?

  • Have their friends changed recently?
  • Is your teen unhappy, angry, depressed, or anxious?
  • Has your teen lost interest in hobbies, sport, school and family?
  • Does your teen have low self-esteem?
  • Has your teen become more secretive, shown impulsive and/or compulsive behavior?

Here are some suggestions to help you and your teen.

  • Get informed about addiction issues
  • Seek Professional help
  • Discuss rather than interrogate
  • Expect resistance
  • Set boundaries
  • Keep your hope
  • Call our intake line 403-536-2480