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We understand that every child’s situation is unique. Contact our team with your questions today.

a counselor talks to a teen and addresses common adolescent treatment FAQsYour son is unique, so his mental health treatment should be, too. However, these adolescent treatment FAQs can help you learn about us and understand what to expect from the process.

At Family First, we treat the underlying mental health issues that drive the symptoms and behaviors you see on a daily basis. Some of these conditions include:

Our program is owned, operated, and designed by clinicians who have both had extensive experience in the treatment industry as well as their own experiences in adolescent treatment. Family First was created to be the most clinically sophisticated and compassionate programming in the country.

Our treatment approach includes:

  • A highly trained staff
  • Neuropsychological testing and treatment
  • 40 hours of trauma-informed care programming per week
  • More access to individualized therapy than anywhere in the country
  • Immersive family programming to ensure a comprehensive treatment experience that is unmatched in the industry

Suggested packing list:

  • Currently prescribed medications
  • 7-10 t-shirts
  • 4-5 pairs of shorts
  • 1-2 pairs of pants
  • 1-2 pairs of lounge/sweatpants
  • Athletic wear
  • Swimsuit
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Tennis shoes
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Casual footwear
  • Light rain jacket (If you have one)
  • Non-alcoholic toiletries
  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Headphones

These items are not permitted:

  • Tobacco and tobacco-related products
  • Cash, debit/credit cards
  • Gaming systems, tablets, or personal computers
  • Devices with internet access
  • Mobile phone
  • Caffeinated products
  • Protein powders/supplements of any kind

The Family First admissions team is composed of experienced and compassionate professionals who are ready to support you in finding the right kind of help for your son and family. Our admissions specialists are available seven days per week and will ensure a smooth and comforting experience from the very beginning.

Yes. A large majority of our fees are covered by insurance. Learn more about which services are covered and which plans are accepted. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 888.904.5947 to verify your insurance and ask any questions you may have.

Communication is frequent and ongoing. Family First is dedicated to consistent and intentional contact with you multiple times per week. Contact us for a breakdown of each different type of contact you will receive during your son’s time in treatment. Our case managers are also available 24/7 via text.

Our immersive family programming includes weekly family therapy, twice weekly parent focus groups, and the creation of an individualized family treatment plan designed by parents in collaboration with the treatment team.

We’ve helped thousands of young men and their families across the country. You can watch testimonials, read success stories, and learn more about why parents and teens love Family First here.

Outside of the structured clinical treatment schedule, the weekends at Family First are geared toward supporting healthy fun. To help rewire dopamine neuropathways in the brain, our clients engage in a variety of different structured activities each day, including deep sea fishing, go-kart racing, trips to the beach, surfing, wakeboarding, paintballing, jumping at trampoline parks, and kayaking. These activities are all supervised by staff in safe and familiar environments that we have utilized for years and are oriented toward allowing kids to be kids.

Family First offers food that is specially catered by a local chef, which provides flexibility to meet the various dietary needs of the boys during their treatment stay. Contact us for a sample meal plan.

With a 3:1 staff-to-client ratio, clients are engaged in a highly structured schedule that includes a robust clinical program, incorporating academics in a classroom, and exposure to clinician-led experiential therapy on the water and in a state-of-the-art CrossFit facility. Contact us for a sample daily schedule.

At Family First, there is a large focus on developing proper hygiene habits as a critical component of self-care. We help our clients take care of themselves, learn how to do certain household chores, and develop morning and evening hygiene routines that can be sustainable in their everyday lives.

Teenage boys can be impressionable, but what we have seen is that they tend to mirror the adult mentors and therapists at Family First more than their peers as they develop meaningful relationships with the team. Consistent positive adult interactions, group therapy, conflict resolution circles, and non-violent communication training are some of the many ways we support our clients in learning how to build each other up rather than take each other down.

After completion of treatment at Family First, teens and their families will be equipped with a comprehensive aftercare plan that outlines the various services that they will engage in based on clinical recommendations. In addition, all graduates of the program are immediately enrolled in our alumni program when they leave. The alumni program consists of weekly case management calls, twice weekly support meetings for parents, twice weekly meetings for the boys, and engagement with the rest of our community through the Family First app.

Utilizing a trained interventionist can be very helpful in effectively communicating the need for treatment to your son and safely transporting him. If you are interested in receiving recommendations for reputable interventionists from around the country, please contact our admissions team at 888.904.5947.

Our education team has worked with hundreds of students coming from public, private, and charter schools around the country. We coordinate academic plans and help teens at our center work toward completing their courses. With the right kind of support, we have seen numerous students catch up after falling behind, stay on track with their current progress, and even get ahead of the curve while in treatment at Family First.

All clients go through a psychiatric evaluation at the beginning of treatment. If your son is currently on medications, our psychiatric team will continue to prescribe and manage those medications and only recommend a change if they deem it necessary. At Family First, we do not add or change medications without parental consent.

Still Have a Question?

If you are an individual or a family member seeking more information about our programs, we encourage you to contact us directly to speak with a trained, caring professional who is ready to offer you support. Contact us online or call 888.904.5947 now.