Adolescent Prevention, Counseling, and Athletic Testing Services

Recovery Resources provides early intervention for alcohol and drug use for adolescents and their families at our office in Visalia, CA.   It is not uncommon for adolescents to begin to experiment with substance use.   We are aware that in most cases parents are confused about what course of action to take.  Sometimes brief intervention, along with family education and counseling, the situation can be resolved.  In some cases, we may be uncovering a larger problem.  If your child has been using substances it is a good idea to have a trained professional make an adequate assessment of the problem.

Rick Thompson, CADC-II, ICADC-II, SAP has been working with adolescents and adults since 1990.  Recovery Resources holds his expertise in high regard.  He has an untarnished reputation in the community.  Rick supervises nine substance use disorder specialists that are trained and skilled professionals.  Recovery Resources will make sure that someone is available to address your concerns.

If the needs of the client exceed the  treatment that Recovery Resources offers, we will assist the client/family to find the appropriate level of care.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Adolescent Addiction

  • Change in dress or appearance
  • Unpredictable mood or attitude changes
  • Erratic school performance and attendance
  • "Conning” behaviors
  • Friendships shift from “non-using” to “using” peers
  • Hobbies and extracurricular activities are dropped
  • Angry outbursts
  • Heated family arguments over lifestyle
  • Stealing and lying
  • School failure or expulsion
  • Loss of employment
  • Involvement with police and courts
  • Loss of control
  • Physical deterioration (weight loss, chronic cough, etc.)
  • Mental deterioration (memory loss, flashbacks, etc.)
  • Episodes of paranoia
  • Drug or alcohol use evolving from occasional to chronic daily use

Adolescent and Family Services

Our philosophy in working with adolescents is to work with the client and his/her family to seek solutions to life without the use of mood and mind-altering substances.

Recovery Resources can provide services based on the client's needs.

Our facility provides early intervention, substance abuse counseling, family counseling and mental health counseling.


Substance Use Disorder Prevention, Education, and Counseling

Recovery Resources has been providing adolescent prevention, counseling and early  substance use disorder intervention to students since 1999.  Our agency began working with Exeter Unified School District in 1999 providing education and counseling services to the elementary, middle and high schools.   

After Recovery Resources established it's standing in the community, they began providing services to Tulare County Department of Education to provide smoking cessation and very soon thereafter they started providing services to Visalia Unified School District. 

Most recently, Recovery Resources has changed its curriculum to include the new substance use trends in teens such as, Cannabis concentrates, edibles, and vaping.  Recovery Resources has incorporated "R1 Learning" as our school site education. 

Services are now being offered in five (five) school districts.  Tulare Joint Union High School District, Dinuba Unified School District, Exeter Unified School District, Visalia Unified School District, and Porterville Unified School District. 

As Recovery Resources continues to expand their services at additional school districts they continue to strive for professional, ethical and meaningful services to the staff, families, and students of the school districts they serve.

Recovery Resources' staff is educated, fingerprinted, alcohol and drug screened and trained to work on school campuses and with adolescents.  Many times, staff participates as a part of the service team at the school sites they serve.  The Recovery Resources team recognizes the teamwork that is necessary to make sure that the students they serve have been given all of the options available to them for their success.

The goal is to minimize substance use, improve attendance and retention in school, improve relationships with family and friends, improve grades and increase graduations.

Visalia Unified School District:

  • Mt. Whitney High School
  • Golden West High School
  • El Diamante High School
  • Redwood High School
  • Creekside Community Day School
  • La Joya Middle School
  • Green Acres Middle School
  • Divisadero Middle School
  • Ridgeview Middle School
  • Valley Oak Middle School
  • Willow Glen Elementary and Middle School

Tulare Joint Union High School District:

  • Mission Oak High School
  • Tulare Union High School
  • Tulare Western High School
  • Accelerated Charter High School
  • Tech Prep
  • Countryside

Dinuba Unified School District:

  • Dinuba High School
  • Washington Intermediate School
  • Sierra Vista

Porterville Unified School District:

  • Butterfield Charter High School
  • Vine Street School
  • Monache High School
  • Porterville High School
  • Granite Hills High School
  • Porterville Military Academy
  • Strathmore High School
  • Citrus High School

Exeter Unified School District:

  • Exeter High School
  • Kaweah High School
  • Wilson Middle School
  • Community Day School

Athletic Drug Testing

Recovery Resources started providing athletics drug testing to Visalia Unified in 2000.  Although they are not a testing facility, they were approached by the head of school nursing to consider taking on this task. After doing the research they felt that this might uncover substance use issues that may be hiding under the surface, so they took on the challenge. 

Recovery Resources started with the four comprehensive high schools in Visalia Unified.  After creating a successful athletics testing and prevention program the organization was approached by other school districts to implement a similar program to keep athletics safe.   

Recovery Resources has an athletic alcohol and drug testing program that incorporates counseling services four (4) school districts.  This is a highly confidential program.  .

Although Recovery Resources assists the school district in the design and implementation of the program, the school district has the policies reviewed legally and approved through the school board.  

The statistics prove that the districts that test a larger number of students each week have a significantly lower number of positive tests. If a student tests positive the actions of the school is not punitive, none of the results are published in any way.  The plan is to provide the student with the education and counseling needed to eliminate the use or to make sure that the they get the help they need.

If you are interested in having services in your school district contact our office for additional information.

Recovery Resources is not a testing agency. We test clients only in conjunction with assessments or treatment as a therapeutic tool.

Assessments and Referrals

Recovery Resources can administer alcohol and drug tests in conjunction with assessments. Staff members are certified and/or licensed to complete assessments and make treatment recommendations.

In many cases residential treatment is needed for adolescents because of the social pressures.  If there is a need for residential treatment Recovery Resources will be able to provide referral sources.


For Parents


If your child has been using Cannabis, Alcohol or any other substance he or she may be moving toward dependence.  If you notice changes in behavior or attitudes such as isolation, anger, drop in school performance, lack of energy or motivation, substance use might be the reason.

Although Cannabis has been legalized in CA it is not legal for individuals younger than 21.

The Cannabis strength that is being used is very high in THC.  Many of our youth have started using THC concentrates that can have THC levels in excess of 80% THC, which is highly addictive.

THC concentrates are used in a vape pen or wax pen and the substance does not smell like Marijuana.  Your son or daughter could be using THC concentrates without your knowledge.  If you start finding paraphernalia associated with substance use your son or daughter may need some assistance to stop the use.