Teen Addiction Rehab

 

Research shows that most addicts and alcoholics start using or drinking in their teens. This research has launched a large amount of rehab centers that focus on teen drug and alcohol abuse and getting them sober. Along with getting teens sober, there is the difficult task of teaching life skills and also teaching the curriculum these teen addicts would learn if they were in school. While teaching life skills is a necessity for addicts and alcoholics of all ages, teaching teens can be more difficult if they are not within the correct environment.

Young adults are in a unique position in life. They face new responsibilities and challenges in their youth. Independence is a huge factor in teens using drugs or alcohol. Teens tend to become rebellious with their new found independence. During a teen’s independent stage in life, they focus on self discovery and who they will be. This stage can cause an extreme amount of pressure, accompanied by the high expectations of their family members or even themselves. These expectations can be overwhelming. So what do teens do when they cannot live up to the expectations? They look for ways to escape the pressure and everyday life. This escape, for some is experimenting with drugs and alcohol, lead on by their peers, the media, and other sources.

Teen addicts and alcoholics need a safe place to express themselves, without feeling like they are being judged by adults. As they are fresh in their stages of experiments and life in general, it is often hard for these teens to relate to an addict or alcoholic that has already overcome the issues they are going through. While there may be some exceptions to this rule of thumb, adults and teens are on separate playing fields and need to be treated as such. Making sure an addict or alcoholic has a certain level of comfort within his or her group, adds to their ability to express themselves, openly. If these teens do not have a certain level of comfort, they might shut down as a defense mechanism and will not partake in the recovery process.

Teen drug rehabs are designed to address the issues that teens face on a daily basis, while creating an environment where teens can comfortably discuss experiences that other teens can relate to and understand. Environments where addictions develop, developing your thought process, and perception of your look on life are influenced by age specific factors. These factors contribute a great deal when working in group therapy. Finding a common bond with another person can greatly affect your recovery process.

Age Groups for Teen Rehab

There are a variety of programs offered for teens to partake in. The majority of these centers have programs designed for age groups 13 to 18 years old. There are also programs designed for young adults. The age range for a young adult program is usually 17 to 26 years old. In addition to addressing age specific needs, these centers offer individual and group therapy. There are also residential rehabs, where teens can live in a campus type of environment. There are also gender specific centers, so these teens can focus on recovery, instead of trying to get into a relationship. Long term care is also offered at most of these centers. They do not turn you away after you turn a certain age. Most programs have what they call an alumni group that is separate from the teen group. This alumni group helps individuals who are no longer teens, but still need help or a support system. There are also inpatient and outpatient programs available. Extended family care is also offered, which helps the families of these teen addicts and alcoholics understand the process of recovery and how to behave when their teen returns home.

Life Skills Taught at Teen Rehabs

Most rehab centers enforce a standard of teaching life skills to these teens. Teens living at a center are responsible for taking care of their living space and completing chores, to the center’s standards. These teen addicts have either never been taught or required to do simple day to day tasks. They are now being placed in an environment where mom or dad is not there to clean up after them. Focusing on life skills will help these teens dramatically when they leave the rehab center. On top of doing chores, teens are also taught financial responsibility, by attending interactive workshops, taking online classes and group activities. These classes and activities help to promote healthy decision making skills.

Life Skills Include:
Doing laundry
Cooking and Cleaning
Grocery Shopping
Fiscal Accountability
Budgeting
Basic Computer Skills
Hygiene & Cleanliness
Relational Life Skills

Coping Skills

Teens are also taught coping skills. They will learn how to handle stressful situations, multiple tasking, priorities, and engaging in appropriate relationships with their peers and with adults, like the staff at the center. These coping skills help to develop a teen into a more mature individual. Learning the correct way to handle a situation can help protect them against a possible relapse.

Coping Skills, Along with Other Life Skills Include:
Time Management
Decision Making
Problem Solving
Critical Thinking
Stress Management
Anger Management
Active Listening
Emotional Regulation
Team Work
Self-esteem
Conflict Resolution
Assertiveness

Individual and Group Therapy Sessions

Most centers require a teen to have at least one individual session a week, on top of attending group sessions. This helps the staff to see what plan of action needs to be taken and how the teen is responding to certain treatments. Group sessions can range from 2 to 5 sessions per week, depending on the individual.

Experiential Therapy

Along with individual and group therapy, some centers are implementing experiential therapy. Experiential therapy is an alternate form of group therapy that focuses on doing an activity that appeal to the younger generation like, surf therapy, equine therapy, trapeze therapy, and indoor wind tunnel therapy. The goal for this type therapy is to push the teens past their comfort zone, while doing something exciting and thrilling. This will also help these teens process the flood of emotions during any given situation that may occur in life. This form of therapy can also spark an interest in a teen and create a healthy habit. For example, maybe your teenager always wanted to surf, but never had the opportunity to try it. Surf therapy can help him or her to deal with their addiction, while having fun.

Academics

Another great opportunity in most teen rehab centers is the ability to keep learning what they would be learning if they were in school and not at a rehab center. Teens can continue down their education path, while simultaneously receiving their treatment. The goal of an education program is to keep the teen on pace to what they were learning before they left their home. By keeping these teens on pace, they will not be overwhelmed when they return to school and everyday life. Being overwhelmed and stressed out can cause your teen to relapse, even if they were taught how to cope with stress. The first week home and back in school is always a fragile part in the recovery process.

Individualized Education

The classroom setting at most centers is small and allows your teen to receive the necessary tools and support for their education. They have certified teachers on staff that will help your teen complete their coursework and tutor them through any difficult lessons they may have.

Virtual School

Some centers offer online schools and courses that will fit your teen’s needs and let them work at their own pace. The staff is always available to help your teen if they need further assistance. This might be a better option for certain teens that have trouble with classroom environments. These online courses can also be completed at home, if you feel your teen is not ready to attend school upon their return home.

Facilitating Your Teen’s Needs

Some parents feel it is necessary to keep their teen on track with their school work by keeping them connected to their school. If this is the case, most centers do not have a problem with coordinating with your teen’s school and setting up a program to transfer the student’s work over to their school. This helps out when the student returns to their school. They will not have to make up tests or projects and their grades will be current.

GED Courses

Another option that is offered at teen rehabs is GED courses. This will allow your teen to get their degree without having to return to school once they are back home.

Vocational Programs

Some centers also offer vocational programs that will help your teen learn specific trades, like computer programming, drafting, and many others. These types of programs will help your teen figure out their career path. They will be able to see if they want to further their education in college or find a job in the field they learned about in the vocational program.

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