Healing starts with hope

YSS Residential Addiction Treatment provides a successful, individualized and evidence-based recovery program for youth (ages 12-18) in a safe, homelike atmosphere.

We understand substance abuse affects more than just the addict, our comprehensive approach incorporates support for the youth’s family and others in their support network.

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Common signs of addiction

By recognizing the signs of addiction, you can get help for your friend or loved one.

  • Declining grades in school
  • Skipping classes
  • Using coded or secretive language
  • Not being truthful about where they are going, who they are with
  • Borrowing money from friends and family
  • Missing prescription drugs
  • Increased use of incense or perfume in their room
  • Found objects, such as pipes, rolling papers, etc.
  • Found inhalant products in their room
  • Increased use of mouthwash/breath mints

*This list is not inclusive; signs vary for each individual.

High-quality, evidence-based treatment

Our program delivers therapeutic and skill development guidance and support, led by licensed behavioral health therapists and certified addiction counselors.

Psychiatric evaluation and medication management are essential components to the program. Co-occurring mental health treatment services help to address issues that may accompany substance use and abuse.

When appropriate, our treatment experts implement multidimensional family therapy (MDFT), a comprehensive, family-centered approach that is structured and goal-oriented, focusing on all of the relationships that may influence a teen (e.g. family, peers, neighbors, school, community).

YSS is in the top 10 of all therapeutic professionals in the United States to implement MDFT. For more information about MDFT, visit rethinkrecovery.org.

Gender-specific focus

A unique aspect of the YSS program is our gender-responsive focus. This approach allows youth to receive support designed to meet their specific needs.

Young men learn:

  • Respectful behavior
  • Impulse control
  • Anger management skills
  • How to make positive choices

Young women learn how to:

  • Develop and strengthen coping skills
  • Improve self-esteem and confidence
  • Build healthy relationships
  • Feel honored and valued


When a youth leaves our program, we want to ensure s/he has the personal strength and tools needed to maintain sobriety, and continue a healthy life. As such, we focus on three areas:

  • Mental wellness: Creates and strengthens a critical thinking mindset.
  • Spiritual wellness: Uses meditation and spiritual principles to encourage youth to seek a higher power that will help them remain sober and lead a successful life.
  • Physical wellness: Teaches the importance of taking care of your body through proper nutrition and regular exercise, while relating a healthy physical lifestyle to an overall healthy life.
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Preparation for Success

As a guest of YSS, youth will participate in regular individual and group sessions to better understand themselves in the context of their relationships and addictions, while also learning success strategies for life after treatment.

For youth who are in junior or high school, we provide onsite classroom instruction with the goal of helping students get back on track – or stay on track – with their studies. A certified teacher oversees each participant’s education plan, collaborating with the youth’s home school district to ensure academic success.

Youth are also given the tools needed to learn about the process that goes into finding, securing and maintaining stable employment.

Home away from home

Residential Addiction Treatment offers youth the opportunity to heal in a comforting and comfortable space. Our caring staff provides safety and security as youth begin to recover from addiction.

Our staff, your advocates.
Our counselors are highly trained to help build coping skills, educate on substance abuse and motivate youth to be successful in their journey toward sobriety. The relationship between our staff and youth demonstrates how healthy support can aid in a youth’s sobriety.

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Treatment is available today. Funding help is, too.

When you’re ready, we’re here. YSS offers immediate intake services – that means no waiting list. We work with each family to find a funding option that fits your needs, whether that is insurance coverage, Medicaid/Title 19 or private pay.

For more information about residential addiction treatment, please call 515-233-4930 or complete the form below and we will reach out to you within 48 business hours. If you are experiencing an emergency, contact 911.