We have created a variety of free groups and activities, monitored, and run by a mixture of clinicians (when appropriate) and sober young adults (when appropriate) to provide a space for teens to explore, connect, and thrive. Click on any event on the calendar and it will explain what the activity entails
Depending upon the schedule, by sign up only, teens will be eligible to participate in either traditional games (i.e., card games/board games) or can enter into videogame tournaments. These events will be monitored by sober staff, and all participants will be required to sign a waiver and consent to a search of personal belongs and to be drug free while on the premises.
Movie Night/Kickback Night
Depending upon the week and available resources either a movie will be shown or a “kick back” will be thrown. Both types of events will be monitored by sober staff (i.e., young adults), with all drugs confiscated at the beginning of the night, personal belongings being initially searched, and snacks and drinks provided. All participants will be required to sign a waiver and consent to a search of personal belongs and to be drug free while on the premises. Only *Unopened* food or drinks may be brought on premises to avoid the risk of drugs (etc.) being introduced to the events. Non-competitive access to board games, card games, etc. are available for kickback nights.
The Oak Forest Bonfire Meeting is both an open 12-step meeting for the community, as well as for alumni of the treatment program. There is dinner provided before the meeting along with yard games and live music. Guests are encouraged to come early for fellowship and community. There is a different speaker each week, and sobriety milestones and anniversaries are recognized!
Teen Recovery Meeting
A “non-denomenational” (i.e., not AA) meeting where teens can come process their struggles, no matter how big or small, related to drugs. This is a safe place where teens simply get to help other teens. Share their experiences. Learn from one another. This is not a therapy group, however, sober teens and young adults will be invited to monitor and facilitate discussion. Moreover, off site activities (e.g., sober camping trips) will be planned separate from the typical activities posted on the Oak Forest Teen Community page.
Teen Women's Group
A space for teens to come discuss their curiosities, concerns, and challenges related to sex and reproduction. This group will involve both process elements and educational elements. Educational elements will include safe sex and STI prevention, hormones and development, birth control, sexual/physical boundaries, and sexual identity. Reproductive health resources will be available to access.This group is run by a clinician.
A space for LGBTQ+ teens to discuss their personal development related to sexuality and gender idenity. This space will be not a “safe space,” but a Brave Space. A space where we learn to understand each other, and take the healthy risk of being uncomfortable while also accepting and understanding of our differences. This a space for developing self love, and learning to tolerate what feels intolerable. To learn how to accept one another despite sometimes not being accepted by others. This group is run by a clinician.
A space for musicians from the area to meet, get to know each other, and explore their growth as both regular people and people with talent. Issues like performance anxiety, perfectionism, dealing with parents, teachers and music industry figures, sobriety in the music industry, sober creativity and not romanticizing mental illness and drug use, navigating identity as a performer, balancing the performer’s life and family life, and what life looks like after high school are points of focus.
A space for athletes from the area to meet, get to know each other and explore their growth as both regular people and people with talent. Issues like performance anxiety, perfectionism, body image issues, healthy relationships with food, diet and exercise, how to manage relationships with coaches and authority figures, balancing athlete and family life, and what life looks like after high school are the points of focus.