Why Now?

You’re Here for a Reason

If you're visiting this page it's because you recognize that you want your son or daughter to manage the decisions and curiosity of adolescence in a way that leads upwards to discovering who they are and realizing their personal and creative potential and not down a the destructive path of alcoholism and addiction.

It’s no secret that drug abuse is increasing throughout Ozaukee County and southeastern Wisconsin. Teens and young adults face growing dangers from marijuana, “club drugs,” opiates and heroin. Every year, thousands of teens’ lives are thrown off track by drug and alcohol use.

Casual use of drugs and alcohol can quickly develop into an unhealthy pattern that disrupts a teen’s body, mind and future. Identifying at-risk adolescents who might be headed for further challenges with drug and alcohol use is crucial to interrupting this pattern.  

The video below highlights one of the risks you should be ready to talk with your children about. ASAP is committed to providing caring outpatient substance abuse services for teens and their families and supporting them so they can make healthier choices throughout their lives. 


The Huiras Center - Created to Care and Bring About Lasting Change

Responding to the threat of alcoholism and drug abuse across Southeastern Wisconsin the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at the Huiras Center, Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee was developed to provide values-driven drug treatment that emphasizes early intervention, screening and individual and family therapy when needed. The Adoescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) encourages teens to think about what they want and who they want to be.

An Idea of Compassion that Became a Reality

ASAP has been established in partnership with the Ralph Huiras Foundation, created by the longtime Cedarburg lawyer and civic leader who passed away in 2010.

In 2005, he brought his vision and compassion to the people of Ozaukee County when he gave a $1.2 million grant to open The Huiras Center at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee, which serves adults in need of substance abuse screening, assessment and treatment.



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