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A teenager undergoing recovery from a substance use disorder (SUD) or a mental illness needs a different approach to deal with multiple issues as compared to adults. Mental illnesses and substance abuse hinder self-expression and interpersonal communication, leading to isolation. It is therefore important to focus on character building and developing self-esteem in order to make them successful in life. This involves the extensive use of therapies that primarily focus on issues faced by young people and teach them coping skills to help them in their lives after treatment.

Whether undergoing treatment for a mental illness, an addiction or dual-diagnosis, a successful treatment program should include the following therapies:

One-on-one therapy or individual therapy

One-on-one therapy or individual therapy gives teens an opportunity to talk about their issues like a mental illness or an addiction with a sympathetic, open-minded professional, in as much detail as possible. It is an essential component of teen addiction and mental health treatment program. Other problems that the teens can discuss in these sessions include handling peer pressure, dealing with conflict within family, handling childhood traumas, learning problems, and dating, amongst others.

One-on-one therapy sessions usually start with the detox process. While detox helps in flushing out the toxins from the body, therapy helps the teen talk about the situations/issues that trouble them. In these sessions, a teen meets their therapist alone to discuss the problems and each session lasts for about 50 minutes. A therapist might urge the teen to try to identify their feelings about the problems. They might also be asked to do some homework that would help them work around their problems. The conversation between a teen and a therapist is kept confidential unless the therapist strongly believes that a teen might hurt themselves or somebody else. On several occasions, it might be helpful for the therapist to speak to a teen’s school counselor or parents. 

One of the most successful addiction treatment programs is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It helps in identifying triggers and increases the chances of long-term recovery. It also helps the patient learn various life skills and coping mechanisms which will help them in leading a disease-free life after treatment. Read More…

Family counseling

Families and the dynamics one shares with each family member have a profound and sometimes lifelong effect on an individual. They have a critical impact on lifestyle, career choices, the traits that one looks out for in their potential partner, and overall behavior. Sometimes, mental illnesses and addictions are also passed on within the family members because of genetics, family members acting as enablers, or isolation within the family. Experts have demonstrated that involving the family members in therapy sessions helps each member to identify and address their problems, support the troubled teen, and improve their communication with each other.

Though therapists and counselors discuss a lot with their patients, parents are also asked to encourage their child to attend therapy sessions. Parents can assist in the treatment simply by listening to and supporting their children. This encourages the teens to stay motivated. Further, parents should also try to regularly participate in the sessions as this will help the entire family heal quicker, while staying united in their goals. Read more

Experiential therapy

Experiential therapy is a therapeutic modality which makes use of expressive activities and tools like props, crafts, arts, role-playing, guided imagery, and several other forms of activities through which teens get to re-experience or re-enact emotional scenarios from recent and past relationships. Through these activities, the teen begins identifying emotions pertaining to hurt, disappointment, grief, success, self-esteem, responsibility, and so on. Under the guidance of an experienced and compassionate psychotherapist, a teen can learn to start releasing the negative emotions of hurt, anger, or shame related to their past, that may have proved to be difficult to address or release before.

Experiential therapy is a method of psychotherapy using different types of therapeutic experiences rather than the traditional approach. It teaches teenagers about the joys of life without drugs and alcohol and has become the preferred choice of treatment across various rehab centers for teens across the U.S. It includes programs like trekking, expressive arts therapy, yoga, and various recreational therapies. At Adeona Healthcare, we have designed our experiential therapy activities to facilitate communication, cognitive development, and balanced lifestyle habits. Read more

Peer group therapy

Peer group therapy plays a significant role in helping teens deal with substance use disorder (SUD). The intent behind this therapy is to substitute negative peer pressure with positive support and encouragement from other teens also facing the same struggles. Instead of being surrounded by self-destructive and demotivating contemporaries, teens in peer group therapy are surrounded by teens who share the same set of challenges, hopes, and fears, and all of them strive to become better versions of themselves.

Along with the support of the family, the support of friends also plays a major role during recovery. Teens often worry about acceptance by their peers once they complete treatment. Peer group therapy helps in providing encouragement and support for teens undergoing recovery treatment. Group therapy helps teens in sharing their experiences. After successful completion of the treatment program, patients can continue therapy with the help of community support groups. Read more

Cognitive behavioral therapy

Cognitive behavior therapy or CBT is a type of psychotherapy that can greatly help a teen in fostering connections between behavior, thoughts, and feelings. CBT can help an individual identify and modify dysfunctional thought patterns by enabling teens to interpret their environment differently. CBT is short-term, compared to other psychotherapies and only a few sessions are required to achieve recovery.

This therapy is highly problem-focused, meaning, it empathizes on the issues at hand. It can greatly help a teen improve their communication with others, reduce phobias and fears, and interrupt negative thought patterns that cause self-destructive or addictive behaviors to improve self-esteem, identify positive responses to stress, and alter negative thought patterns. If a teen is struggling with a behavioral or a mental health problem, the physician might refer them to a CBT specialist who will likely interview the teen and their parent to gain a better understanding of the problem. CBT has been used successfully in treating multiple disorders plaguing teens like anxiety, attention/impulsivity, substance abuse, and eating disorders. Read more

Dialectical behavior therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is one of the modified forms of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which empowers patients with new skills and strategies to manage difficult emotions. It is different, however, in its approach as compared to other therapy programs. During DBT, patients are taught to accept situations, issues, relationships they consider to be negative, and other disturbing situations rather than ignoring them or getting traumatized by them on a daily basis. They are taught to live in the moment and deal with the negativity instead of escaping it. It helps the patient understand thoughts and moods that influence their actions, thereby teaching them to control themselves. Read more

Treatment at Adeona Healthcare

Adeona Healthcare, the leading rehab center for teens aged between 12 to 17, provides comprehensive treatment programs for mental health disorders, teen alcohol or drug addiction, and dual-diagnosis. When teens join a treatment facility, they are normally broken, misguided, and lost. It is essential that these individuals are treated in a safe and secure environment with a lot of love and compassion. They need to know that they are not being judged and that they can face their challenges with the complete support of the staff.

Keeping this in mind, Adeona Healthcare has experienced staff that has designed comprehensive addiction and mental health treatment packages that are individualized as per the patient’s requirements and treatment goals. For more information about how we can help your teen achieve long-lasting recovery, call our 24/7 helpline 888-379-9360 and speak with a member from our admissions team. You can also chat online with a representative for further information.  

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