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The District of Columbia offers four locations where young people can go to seek help for a drug or alcohol issue. If a young person lives in DC and needs help or just wants to talk to someone about his/her drug or alcohol use, he/she can contact one of the treatment providers which are available through a network of providers.
Through the Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Expansion Program (ASTEP), youth may access services directly from the substance abuse treatment provider of his/her choice within the network. In many instances, the providers are near their homes, schools, or jobs.
Youth should know that what is discussed in treatment is strictly confidential!! Insurance is not necessary to seek help. Treatment providers are readily available to help all DC youth who need somewhere or someone to turn to for help.
For more information on accessing adolescent substance abuse treatment services, please see the following:
Where do I go to get help?
(PLEASE NOTE: Youth clients should not report to The ARC for treatment services. They should contact a youth treatment provider directly.)
How do I know if I qualify?
What should I expect once arrive at a treatment facility?