- Teen Treatment: Must be age appropriate
- Developmental Concerns: An integral aspect of the healing process
- Not a Vacation: Teen rehab must offer educational support
- Inappropriate Behaviors: Dealing with authority in a constructive and healthy way
- Recovering Together: Teens recover best with other teens
Teen Rehab Programs
Teens love to experiment. Adolescence is hard enough without addiction, and drug or alcohol dependent teens suffer through far too much. Teenage substance abusers need professional help, they need help designed for teenagers, and they need it right now.
Don’t Send a Teen to an Adult Rehab
Teens have enough to deal with during the formative years of adolescence, and when they compound these difficulties with substance abuse, it's not surprising that they can get in over their heads. Teen treatment requirements are unique and must be age appropriate; teens do very poorly in any form of general adult rehab.
But when given the opportunity to conquer their problems in a treatment facility purposefully designed for teen treatment, that combines the essential participation of the family with effective therapies; and one that treats adolescent developmental concerns as an integral aspect of the healing process; teens respond very well and gain a great opportunity to get their lives full of promise back on the right track.
Parents Need to Play an Active Role
Although it doesn’t always feel like it, parents continue to play the singular most important role of influence in their teen children's lives, and that influence must continue through the days of treatment and therapy for a rehab stay to have any real chance of success. Participation can never end with phone calls and parents need to get actively involved, get into family therapy sessions and learn to support the recovering addict as they also begin to heal the wounds that characterize any family addiction experience.
Not a Vacation from School
A teen rehab must offer educational support to addicts in recovery. Rehab is not a vacation from responsibilities, and since teen substance abusers often fall behind their peers academically, rehab education offers them a chance to catch up. Rehab schooling offers low student to teacher ratios, and students can get the kind of individual attention and tailored curricula they need to once again excel in the classroom.
Discipline; Compassioned but Firm
Teen rehabs must provide loving, but very firm discipline. A great many teens suffering through substance abuse and addiction respond to their trials with poor behaviors and an inappropriate response to legitimate figures of authority. Teen rehab counselors understand why teen addicts act as they do and do not react emotionally to outbursts of inappropriate behavior, but neither are these inappropriate behaviors tolerated. Teens coming out of rehab will have learned better how to deal with authority in a constructive and healthy way, and be far more able to participate effectively in school, on the job and in life.
Teens Sharing with Teens
Teens recover best with other teens. Group therapy gives a voice to teens feeling silenced, and through a collective exploration of the trails of adolescence and addiction, shared strategies to success are learned, and comfort taken from the knowledge of shared pains and difficulties. Working with a therapist also empowers teens to retake control over their lives and actions, and through intensive therapy, teens learn why they act and feel as they do, and how they can choose do better.
Cognitive strategies work for all addicts in recovery, but help teen addicts especially to avoid relapse. Cognitive educational seminars give teens the tools they need to minimize relapse provoking temptation in their lives, and even to avoid the kind of thinking that can get them into trouble.
Teen Substance Abusers will Respond Well When Given a chance
Teens show remarkable resilience to the troubles of addiction, and when given professional and appropriate assistance, respond with great changes in behaviors and attitudes.
Growing up is hard, teens are vulnerable, and sometimes they need a little help. Once an addiction presents there is little point in willing it away, and substance abuse problems very rarely get better on their own. Teens respond far better to treatment when they get it early, and waiting for too long before taking action only entrenches addiction, and increases the difficulties of treatment.
Teen substance abusers can get better; they want to lead a great life and hunger to fill all the promise of their potential. Don’t let an early addiction derail their lives, get them help, and get them better…they'll thank you for it.
Page last updated May 13, 2011