Working together towards an abstinent life

When is a person addicted?

About ten percent of the teenagers and adolescents use certain substances (for example alcohol or drugs) and exhibit certain behaviour (gaming, gambling) to numb themselves and feel different. For them, these drugs and ways of behaving are the solution to underlying problems they cannot deal with. If young people become more dependent on certain substances or behaviour, an addiction or problematic substance abuse might be the case. At that moment, the young person can no longer stop the behaviour or using the drug and the behaviour or the usage occurs more often than he or she intended. Dependence on a habit or drug can be both mental and physical. Without 'using' he or she does not feel at ease and/or suffers from withdrawal symptoms (nightmares, insomnia, trembling and sweating).

Common addictions

We treat many different addictions. Many of our employees are experts by experience and have been actively addicted themselves. That is why they can connect with the fellow in a unique way. Common addictions that we treat are:

The effects of addiction and problematic substance use

The degree of dependence or addiction is different for each addict. Everyone is different and so are all addictions. The longer the addiction lasts, the greater the problems, such as health damage and personal neglect or problems at work, at school, in social contacts or within the family. Addicts often see even more use as the only solution to their problems. They are completely trapped in a vicious circle.

Breaking the habit

The experienced and professional team of Yes We Can Youth Clinics can not only map the addiction for, but also with the fellow. Together they can look for ways and possibilities to learn to deal with it so that the adolescent leaves his or her destructive life behind them forever and chooses for a wonderful, abstinate future.

Treatment of addiction or problematic substance use

We try to face every kind of problem and help every young person by working together on development and recovery, even if it seems difficult or impossible. We think it is important to help the young person in an environment that feels warm, loving and familiar, so he or she can recover and have the beautiful life that every teenager an adolescent deserves.

Our treatment, step by step

Let us start by emphasizing that if you have any questions, any at all, you can always contact us. We cannot stress enough that we are always there for you, whether you sign up for a treatment in our clinic or not. You can reach us by phone from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (GMT +1) via phone number: +31 (0)85 02 01 222. After business hours – weekdays after 6:00 p.m. and on the weekends – your call will be forwarded. Please note that it might take longer than usual to answer your call. If we cannot answer the call right away, please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible. You can also fill in our contact form.

Register for an intake

You can register for an intake by filling in the intake form. As soon as we received the registration, a Case Manager from Yes We Can Youth Clinics will contact you to schedule a personal intake.

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Intake interview

After your initial contact with one of our Case Managers, we normally do get a pretty good picture about the current situation and what might be needed. Admission, however, can only take place after a full 4-hour assessment by our intake team consisting of a counsellor, psychologist and psychiatrist. During intakes, we appreciate the presence of at least one parent/carer. For legal and safety reasons, intakes are always done in the Netherlands.

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Residential treatment

Yes We Can Youth Clinics is truly a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience. Like we promise in our treatment video, we will be there for your child, for you and for the rest of the family, right by your side, listening and helping. Unconditionally. Like we did for thousands of other 13 to 25 year olds and their families before you. Our treatment team will do everything it takes to help realise permanent change. Both fellows and parents/carers will learn everything they need to know about the nature and impact of their behaviour. The future will be discussed extensively. How to plan, spend and use your time? What are the goals in life? What to do when facing difficulties? Together we will search for answers during a highly intensive 10-week programme.

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After completing the 10-week residential programme in the Clinic, fellows have to face the most critical phase of the treatment process. They have rebuilt self-confidence, are motivated again, feel more energetic and are ready to make new plans. At the same time, they are insecure because they may have changed, but their social environment has stayed the same. For that reason, it is essential they receive a great level of support during this period.

Read more about the aftercare.

Register for an intake interview

Would you like to register a teenager or young adult (aged 13-25) for a treatment at Yes We Can Youth Clinics? Please fill in our intake form and we will contact you to schedule a personal intake interview.

Intake form