Substance abuse is an affliction that takes a toll on the entire family. Adolescents who are having problems with drug or alcohol abuse can receive help and support from residential treatment centers. These live-in healthcare facilities provide a positive, supportive environment to help teens overcome addictive problems and give them better opportunities for the future.
The Purpose of Residential Treatment
Residential treatment centers provide treatments for drug and substance abuse as well as many other teen disorders to include depression, personality disorders, conduct disorders, bipolar disorders, etc. Through professional counseling, therapy and behavior modification programs, many teens have been able to overcome these difficulties and move forward with their lives. Residential centers offer a safe and secure environment where teens can mature in their emotional and mental development to better adjust to society.
Residential treatment programs vary from center to center to meet their patients’ needs. Some programs are quite restrictive, for a patient’s personal safety and protection. Teens with severe mental, emotional or behavior problems may pose a danger to themselves or others. As such, they often require a stricter environment with greater supervision to get effective results from their treatments.
Other programs give teens greater freedom within the center and offer unique and innovative treatments to aid in a teen’s personal recovery. Such treatments may involve community projects and activities as part of behavior modification. These programs are geared toward helping teens substitute negative and destructive behavior patterns with positive, constructive patterns that can benefit their future.
Is Residential Treatment Necessary?
Not all teens require residential treatment programs to overcome difficulties in their lives. Many teens can benefit from out patient programs that allow teens to live with their parents and partake of therapy and counseling sessions during the day. Parents can also avail themselves of the help of private therapists to tend to their teen’s needs. Private therapists may meet with your teens once or twice a week for several hours of personal counseling to help them overcome the difficulties they are going through.
Residential treatment is usually reserved for teens with extreme physical, mental or emotional disorders or long term substance abuse problems requiring comprehensive treatment to become free. A residential center with committed and dedicated personnel can do much to change a young teen’s life and get him back on the road to recovery. For more on how to help your teen face crisis situations in his life, call us for a free consultation.