Recovery Centers of America Acquires Adolescent & Young Adult Advocates Program Serving Greater Philadelphia

Recovery Centers of America

KING OF PRUSSIA — Recovery Centers of America (RCA) recenlty announced the acquisition of Adolescent & Young Adult Advocates, a comprehensive outpatient treatment program for substance use disorder (SUD), anxiety, depression and other mental health issues, serving Greater Philadelphia youth and young adults ages 14-26.

Based in the Philadelphia suburb of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, the new outpatient treatment program is now named Adolescent & Young Adult Advocates, Recovery Centers of America.

“We are pleased to welcome Adolescent & Young Adult Advocates, Recovery Centers of America to our family of offerings, serving as an important outpatient resource for young people and their families in the Philadelphia area,” said Troy Brindle, Chief Executive Officer of RCA’s Outpatient Services. “We are highly focused on using outpatient programming to help adolescents, as we recognize that early substance use correlates with addiction issues later in life, and that the most significant increases in destructive behavior routinely occur among older teens and young adults.”

About 2.08 million, or 8.33%, of 12- to 17-year-olds nationwide reported using drugs in the previous month, according to a 2018/2019 survey by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Reported use of illicit drugs remained steady or significantly below pre-pandemic levels in 2022, but still was alarming for youth of all grades, with 11% of eighth graders, 21.5% of 10th graders, and 32.6% of 12th graders reporting illicit drug use in the past year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Operating since 2005, Adolescent & Young Adult Advocates was founded by Executive Director Patricia McAndrews, LPC/CAADC. McAndrews has dedicated her career to helping people – particularly young adults – overcome SUD. In 1984, she set up the DUI system for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and two years later started the Rehab After School program. She’s also worked closely with local universities on education and awareness, and was featured in the multimedia training publication “Reaching Teens,” produced by the American Pediatric Association. McAndrews is now Vice President of Adolescent and Young Adults for Recovery Centers of America.

“For nearly two decades, Adolescent & Young Adult Advocates has worked tirelessly helping Philadelphia-area youths overcome obstacles to become successful, productive adults,” said McAndrews. “In joining forces with Recovery Centers of America, we are excited to be part of this highly successful addiction treatment organization that puts patients and their families first. This new platform gives us the bandwidth to reach and help more local youths struggling with substance use disorder.”

Adolescent & Young Adult Advocates, Recovery Centers of America will offer individual, group and family sessions in general outpatient and intensive outpatient programs for young adults aged 14-26.

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