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Kickin' It Tour Youth Forums

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and YOUTH POWER! have teamed up to host the "Kickin' It" youth forums across New York State. These events are for young people ages 15-25 with experience in treatment and recovery programs. This is an opportunity for youth to share their experience in treatment and recovery, so if you are a young person with treatment and/or recovery experience then we want to hear from you. Learn more about these forums and register today!


Adolescence is the period of transition from childhood to adulthood that generally occurs between the ages of 13 and 19. It is a time of rapid physical, emotional, and social change, and navigating these changes may present many challenges for youths and their families. The adolescent years become more challenging when a family is affected by a youth’s or other family member’s substance use disorder.

OASAS recognizes addiction as a disease that affects the whole family. OASAS oversees a statewide network of services designed specifically for the unique needs of adolescents with substance use disorders and their families. OASAS-certified programs use evidence-based practices to provide supportive, family-friendly and clinically appropriate prevention, treatment and recovery services for adolescents, children and families dealing with substance use disorders.

As OASAS works together with community partners, providers and families, we will continue to provide information, tools and guidance to parents, educators, healthcare providers and others concerned with the issue of adolescent substance use.

For treatment options or for more information, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, contact the HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369).