If your teen is showing signs of a substance use disorder, admitting they need help might feel impossible. Some parents blame themselves and are afraid to “punish” their child. Some parents have trouble telling the difference between experimentation and chemical dependence. If your child’s life is becoming derailed due to drugs and alcohol, a residential teen rehab can be life-changing. Contact us at 877.466.0620 to help your teen begin their sobriety.
The signs may be present. Your teen may be withdrawn or acting erratically. They may be skipping school or refusing to complete their work. They might have slurred speech or trouble staying balanced. And your money and valuables? Missing. The best way to help your teen is by enrolling them in an adolescent residential rehab program. Our California teen rehab offers safe, effective treatment for addicted teens and teens whose lives have gotten unmanageable due to drug use.
Attending an adolescent-specific rehab facility will offer many benefits to teenagers who are struggling with drug addiction. Destinations for Teens supports young adults struggling with substance use disorder.
Learn about adolescent-specific rehab, its benefits, and how we will support your teen in their journey.
What Is Adolescent-Specific Rehab?
Young adults are experiencing significant changes in their lives. From bodies that have blossomed and voices that have deepened, many transitions are taking place. But teens also experience many psychological and social changes as well. They have to make decisions, have to experience peer pressure, and of course, define themselves.
Yet, it seems like peer pressure can be overwhelming enough for some teens to develop substance use disorders. Teens have more access to various addictive substances than ever before. The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that:
- 2.2 million American adolescents ages 12-17, or 9% of that population, used alcohol in the last month
- 4.2 million American adolescents ages 12-17, or 16.7% of that population, used any type of illicit drug in the last month
- 369,000 American adolescents ages 12-17, or 1.5% of that population, misused prescription stimulants such as Adderall
- 460,000 American adolescents ages 12-17, or 1.8% of that population, misused prescription sedatives and tranquilizers (benzodiazepines et al.)
- 695,000 American adolescents ages 12-17, or 2.8% of that population, misused prescription painkillers (codeine, oxycodone, and other opiates/opioids)
Teen treatment programs–whether outpatient or residential treatment programs–are designed to address substance use disorders and mental health needs present amongst adolescents while also acknowledging their physical and psychological changes. Adolescent-specific rehab addresses substance use disorder through a treatment program providing medical drug detox and counseling while boosting teens’ self-esteem and confidence. In particular, inpatient programs that are 30 to 90 days offer a safe, structured environment.
At Destinations for Teens, we specialize in providing our teens with the support needed to begin on the journey to long-term sobriety.
Age-Appropriate Teen Treatment
While young adults are developing their awareness of the world, they do not know everything. Sometimes, when teens become addicted to drugs or alcohol, it is difficult to realize how their actions led them to treatment.In addition, teens need support–from not only medical and mental health professionals–but also their families and peers. While participating in a teen treatment program, adolescents will have access to counseling and medical detox so that they can begin making significant, long-lasting changes in their lives. Finally, teen treatment programs often provide fully accredited academic programs–allowing teens to have the academic support needed to succeed.
Family Involvement is Expected
More than anything, our teens need to feel loved and valued by their families. By developing stronger lines of communication between teens and their families, they will have a more remarkable recovery. Teens and their parents learn that they both played a significant role in their teen’s actions and ultimate addiction. By involving parents and guardians in teen treatment programs, everyone will learn how to acknowledge the signs of addiction and support their teen.
Diagnosis of Mental Health
It is not uncommon for young adults to realize that they are depressed or filled with anxiety. In some cases, mental health could have contributed to substance use disorder. Dual diagnosis is a term used for co-occurring substance use disorder and mental health disorders. Teenagers diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder have two separate illnesses, and each condition deserves its treatment plan.
However, these two plans need to be integrated in order to most effectively address the symptoms and the underlying issues that trigger each condition. For example, trying to treat alcohol abuse without addressing an individual’s depression is ineffective. Teens who are depressed or anxious may turn to alcohol to cope with these complex emotions; failing to address underlying triggers for addiction can increase the likelihood of relapse and make treatment more difficult. Dual diagnosis programs will support teens who need to remain sober and navigate their mental illness to live an independent life. Teenage residential drug treatment programs help heal their bodies, minds, and spirits and better understand that sobriety is part of a happier and healthier long-term lifestyle.
What Should We Expect in a Teen Treatment Program?
Adolescent-specific drug rehab programs such as Destinations for Teens offer individualized care plans within the context of a dynamic treatment program, encouraging teens to develop new life skills. In addition, programs will support teens in rebuilding damaged relationships with family members. A variety of treatment options are offered and may include:
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Substance use disorder education
- Holistic therapies
Holistic treatments, such as yoga, acupuncture, and meditation, can teach teens positive ways to cope with stress and anxiety, supporting mental and physical health. Our treatment centers also include sober recreational activities that help teens learn healthy, positive ways to have fun and interact with others.
Finally, our treatment programs encourage family counseling. Family counseling at a treatment center is essential because it provides a space for families to communicate effectively and repair their relationships.
Available Treatment In Adolescent-Specific Rehab at Destinations for Teens
Destinations for Teens provides inpatient residential and outpatient treatment programs for teens. Our teens receive support and guidance as they learn to live without drugs or alcohol and other self-harming behaviors that hinder their development. If your teen is struggling with addiction or mental health, we are here to help your family. Contact us 877.466.0620.