What are my next steps?

It's not easy to be a parent in today's world. Teens and young adults face challenges that for some are almost unimaginable. It can be difficult to know where to turn for help.  

Contact us at (224) 769-1978 or email maureen@nxtstepprogram.com

  • Bullying - Cyber-bulling
  • Peer pressure
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Grief & Loss Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Harming Behaviors
  • Family Crises
  • Gender Identity Questions
  • Anger or other Behavioral Issues

We know how to identify and treat these problems with understanding and compassion. We believe that each life is precious and unique. We help our clients to remember that theirs is too.

At Next Steps, Our highly qualified team of professionals focus on learning and growth, progress not perfection, and a clinical "co-operative" rather than a coercive approach.  If a participant needs a different level of care, such as residential or medical care, we will assist the family in the best possible choices for the individual.

Maureen Beske and Kellen Smith provide treatment services, and co-facilitate groups, and our director, Rick Atwater, has been providing substance abuse counseling for over thirty years. Atwater is an author, a columnist, a speaker, and hosts an internet radio show called "Straight Stuff on Addictions".

Helping adolescents is our skill and our passion.

Next Steps is for adolescents age 13 to 17, generally “good kids” who are simply having an issue with which they need some help.  The program offers outpatient care, individual sessions with both adolescents and parents, as well as treatment groups addressing issues that include: depression, anxiety, school avoidance, eating disorders, self-harming behaviors, drug or alcohol abuse, grief and loss issues, family crises, gender identity or sexuality questions, anger issues, or other behavioral issues.

We starts with a comprehensive assessment to uncover the current problem, causes and patterns of behavior that may have developed. This process will help determine the appropriate level of care.

Goals of treatment:

Each person is different, and all client’s will have their own specific goals, but the following are our universal outcome goals.

  • Develop healthy coping skills and problem-solving skills
  • Build healthy relationships with supportive family and friends
  • Reduce the risk of long-term problematic drug and alcohol problems
  • Promote positive and self-directed behaviors.

Group Meetings:

We offer two group meetings a week that focus on the most common issues facing adolescents, offer practical advice and teach self esteem building and healthy coping strategies.  

Teens often work one-on-one with a counselor, in addition to participating in group and family therapy sessions, and we tailor these individual and family sessions as needed.

Confidential and compassionate

Patient dignity and confidentiality are a priority for us, and our staff is committed to treating you and your teen with respect and protecting your privacy.

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Contact: Maureen Beske at

(224) 769-1978  

The first step is an assessment.  This will take from 1-2 hours and requires a parent to be present.

The assessment will allow us to determine risk level and necessary level of care.


How do we start?
Contact Maureen Beske at (224) 769-1978 

The first step is an assessment.  This will take from 1-2 hours and requires, for adolescents, a parent to be present.

The assessment will allow us to determine risk level and necessary level of care.