A doctor explains what is intensive outpatient program participation like to a teen girl

What Is Intensive Outpatient Program Participation Like?

If your son or daughter is struggling with an addiction or mental health issues, you may feel lost and confused. Through your research, it may be difficult to decide which type of treatment program would suit your child best. The first thing to realize is that many young people struggle with mental health issues, but…

A group of teens dancing do not have to wonder what is dance movement therapy anymore

What Is Dance Movement Therapy?

There is more to therapy than just sitting around and talking about feelings. In fact, holistic therapeutic options typically require people to get up and moving. Dance movement or dance therapy is one of these options. However, what is dance movement therapy, and how can it help teens overcome addiction and mental health disorders? What…

Woman paints during creative therapy

Why do creative therapies for teens work?

By Jesaca Lepper, MFT  – Ventura PHP/IOP Creative therapies are very important and valuable for adolescent treatment therapy. Adolescents often benefit from different treatment modalities that do not only focus on cognitive interventions and strictly “talk therapy.” Adolescent brains are still growing and sometimes experiences can unlock and express deeper feelings. There are many artistic modalities…

Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Victimized Teens

Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Victimized Teens

One quarter of children and adolescents in the U.S. experience a traumatic event before they turn 16, according to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). When that traumatic event results in victimization, whether through physical, emotional or sexual abuse or the witnessing of another’s trauma, such as in the case of domestic violence, the…

A sober coach is like a helping hand

Staying Sober With A Sober Coach

When a loved one completes a treatment program, his or her goal focuses on remaining sober and avoiding substance abuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that individuals need continuing care that adjusts and changes over time to address a loved one’s needs. For teenagers, a treatment program that incorporates aftercare and provides long-term…

young addict in need of a 12-step treatment

The Objectives in 12-Step Treatment for Teens

Encouraging a teenager or adolescent to avoid drugs or alcohol often requires a strong support network and professional assistance. Since the causes of teenage substance abuse stem from multiple causes and the best treatment approach depends on their individual situation, identifying the right treatment plan takes time. Fortunately, the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests…