Mindful Choices

Adolescent high-risk behavior course for teens & parents

Is your teen experimenting with or just starting to abuse alcohol or drugs? Are they engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as vaping, alcohol use, experimentation with drugs, or technology abuse? Do they have self-esteem or self-worth issues?

Mindful Choices is the Center for Recovering Families’ adolescent high-risk behavior course for teenagers and their parents that addresses these problems in the early, treatable stages. The curriculum is taught by masters-level therapists who understand adolescent behavior at its core.

Mindful Choices creates a uniquely interactive and engaging atmosphere in which teens gain the knowledge and tools they need in a world of risky choices. Concurrently, their parents learn about the same topics in another room. At the conclusion of each class, adolescents and their parents come together with a common understanding of the same issues and the basis for truly meaningful discussion.

Note: Admission to Mindful Choices requires an in-person interview and assessment of both the adolescent and parent(s). For details, click here.

How does it work?


Each class in the Mindful Choices course focuses on both preventing and mitigating the high-risk behaviors that adolescents deal with daily. Topics include:

  • Adolescent Brain Development
  • Biological Basis of Addiction
  • Stress and Substance Use
  • Communication Skills
  • Alcohol and Binge Drinking
  • Impulse Control
  • Behavior Modification
  • Marijuana and Vaping
  • Levels of Use
  • Stages of Change
  • Family Systems
  • Anger Management
  • Peer Pressure
  • Parenting Styles

Through the evidence-based practice of psycho-education, program therapists present alternatives to previous thinking and decision making in teens and parents alike. At the conclusion of the 12-week series, participants will have strengthened their coping strategies and enhanced Mindful Choices in their everyday lives. 

Mindful Choices helps teens and their parents learn the biological basis of addiction; how stress and family issues can trigger high-risk behavior; how to communicate assertively; and how to use judgment, self-management, impulse control, and other social and emotional skills to thrive in adolescence.

The course utilizes a "rolling curriculum" which allows participants to enter the course at any point and proceed through all 12 classes. The classes are held once-a-week on Monday evenings, 6:00-7:30 PM, at the Center for Recovering Families on the campus of The Council on Recovery.

To assure that Mindful Choices is appropriate for each participant, admission to the course requires an in-person interview and assessment of both the adolescent and parent(s). The assessment will be reviewed by the program director and registration will only be allowed upon approval.

To make an appointment for an assessment, or if you have any questions about Mindful Choices at the Center for Recovering Families, call 713-914-0556, email CRF@councilonrecovery.org, or contact us online.