Adolescent Substance Abuse

Adolescent substance abuse has a high correlation with medical, psychological, and legal consequences later in life. For many teens, experimenting with drugs and alcohol is a right of passage. This mode of thinking is a blemish on our cultural landscape. It downplays a serious (and potentially dangerous) issue. Even a small amount of experimentation with drugs or alcohol can have lasting consequences. It can sever family and social relationships, result in poor performance at school, or become an unhealthy coping mechanism leading to addiction.

Teens are more susceptible to the effects of drugs and alcohol than adults.

Adolescence is a developmental stage that includes physical, emotional, mental, and social transitions. The behaviors teens exhibit during these formative years will follow them throughout life. It is important to keep in mind that addiction doesn’t happen immediately. It develops over time. For adolescents struggling with substance abuse, it is critical to get them the treatment they need as soon as possible.

 

Treating Adolescent Substance Abuse

Effectively treating adolescent substance abuse is a complex matter. Drug and alcohol addiction are oftentimes symptoms of underlying mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and early childhood trauma.

In order for adolescents to successfully recover from substance use, underlying mental health conditions must be treated by trained mental health professionals. Treating co-occurring disorders requires a treatment modality called Dual Diagnosis. Dual Diagnosis treatment is when a person undergoes treatment for a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder at the same time.

In serious cases of adolescent substance abuse, enrolling in a residential treatment program is the best course of action. At Family First Adolescent Services, we strongly believe that treating teenage substance abuse requires an unique treatment plan that balances education with individual, group, and family therapies. Part of a successful recovery is being equipped with the necessary skills and coping mechanisms that will help your child excel as they move through life.

 

Residential Treatment Center for Adolescents Males

Family First provides residential treatment for young men aged 13 to 18. We are an accredited residential treatment center that specializes in treating complex trauma and substance abuse in adolescents. We provide a safe, supervised, and supportive environment for teenage boys to fully engage in their recovery. Our primary objective is to discover and treat the underlying traumas that lead to drug and alcohol abuse.

TREATING MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS

Our clinical approach to treating addiction and mental health disorders makes use of dialectical behavior therapy, reality therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, experiential therapy, and the NeuralAffective Relational Model (NARM). NARM therapy is an effective way of treating early childhood traumas and other underlying causes of addiction.

Early Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Early childhood trauma has a strong correlation to addiction. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is a term that came from a landmark study which demonstrated the link between early childhood trauma and health and social problems as an adult. The dysfunctional behaviors people are exposed to as children cast inescapable shadows on future behaviors. Because of the strong link between trauma and addiction, underlying traumas must be addressed in order to successfully recover from addiction.

If you are the parent of a teenager who is struggling with drug abuse or alcohol abuse – it is imperative that you seek the immediate help of trained mental health professionals. The experienced staff at Family First Adolescent Services are experts in diagnosing and treating the underlying traumas that result in addiction.

One of the pillars of our addiction treatment process is Family Programming. Early childhood trauma is caused and perpetuated by a wounded family dynamic. Addiction is a family disease. In order to get things back on track, the whole family must engage in the healing process. Trust needs to be established, along with healthy ways of coping. Only then can the traumas experienced in early life be fully healed.  

The Benefits of Family Therapy

Evidence shows that family therapy can be one of the most effective treatments for adolescent drug and alcohol problems. When a child is struggling with substance abuse it negatively impacts the entire family. To successfully treat adolescent substance abuse, families must commit to establishing healthy interactions. Everyone involved must understand and own their part in how the family operates. This establishes a healthier mode of family interaction, grounded in boundaries and trust. Healing past wounds will pave the way to a brighter future.

Family First Adolescent Services offers Family Programming that teaches parents and children the tools to overcome fears, frustrations, and anxieties that develop from substance abuse. Family Therapy focuses on important life areas for the teen and their parental relationship. It is crucial that parents be involved in their teen’s treatment. Relationships are the secret ingredient in combating a teen’s problems with drug or alcohol.  

Individualized Treatment Programs For Teens

There is no blanket approach to treating adolescent substance abuse. We all experience life uniquely. For this reason, we create an individualized treatment plan for everyone who comes through our door. Residential Inpatient clients will attend weekly Individual Therapy Sessions, Family Therapy Sessions, and Group Therapy with their primary counselor. Having a clinician involved in the daily lives of our clients gives the full-time access to a Master’s level therapist – allowing them to address issues as they arise.

Our clinical staff is diverse and well-trained. Each of our clients will receive the understanding, support, and care they deserve. Through a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, and family systems therapy, our clients will receive the most comprehensive and relevant treatment available.

Our main goals are to help troubled teens overcome their addiction to drugs or alcohol, as well as work through the underlying mental health issues that enable addiction. We emphasize education during this process so that your child doesn’t fall behind in their studies. Additionally, we teach them how to develop healthy coping mechanisms needed for a successful recovery.

Developing an individualized treatment plan for each client that addresses their individual needs, conditions, and background allows us to successfully accomplish these goals.

Family First Adolescent Services Teen Treatment Center

With the Family First Adolescent Services Residential Treatment Program, you can rest assured knowing that your teenage son will be given the highest quality addiction and mental health treatment available. Our staff-to-client ratio is the best in the industry. Your child will receive 24/7 attention from our expert staff. We pride ourselves on turning lives around. It’s not too late to give your child the life you want them to have. Contact us today.