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The rehab I went to was really good. I went to Avery's House. It was welcoming, accepting, and they really do care about us. It was literally a house so it didn't feel like a hospital or treatment center at all.
Prevent Addiction in Teens
Parents can help prevent addiction in their teens in many ways.
First, they need to lead by example. Their children will not listen to them about substances if the parents are using them themselves.
Next, parents must establish clear, open, honest relationships with their kids. Teens need to be able to talk with their parents about tough things like substance abuse. If there is no trust, there is no relationship.
Finally, spending time with their teens is critical. Parents should let them know that they are not alone. But they also need to be involved in their kids’ lives and know their friends. It may be helpful to encourage positive interactions in safe spaces with other teens.
Anxiety is the second most diagnosed mental disorder in children ages 3-17
Therapy for Teen Addiction
Treating addiction issues is different in teens than in adults. Teens are not fully developed mentally and therefore do not handle substance abuse like adults.
Teenagers who abuse drugs or alcohol often have co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety or depression. This needs to be taken into consideration when making a treatment decision.
There are two main types of therapy – inpatient and outpatient.
Outpatient Therapy Options
Most options are outpatient, meaning the teen lives at home while receiving treatment. Weekly therapy is possible, but some teens may need more intensive drug and alcohol addiction therapy. Outpatient care often involves the patient’s family and helps the family unit grow stronger.
There are three different types of outpatient therapy:
- Partial hospitalization programs involve the teen attending a daily program (5-7 days per week). Medication management is available at PHPs, and teens will work with a drug and alcohol addiction therapist.
- Intensive outpatient programs or IOPs are another therapy option for teens. They can still go to school during the day and attend their treatment programs at night. IOPs usually run for about 12 weeks for 3-5 evenings each week.
- Traditional outpatient therapy involves more typical therapy sessions a couple of times weekly.
How Can Avery’s House Help?
Avery’s House is a program that offers inpatient rehab for teens. Drug and alcohol addiction therapy for teens is one of our specialties. We also help teens struggling with co-occurring disorders.
At Avery’s House, we treat teens ages 11-18 and work with families to identify the best treatment options.
We work with co-occurring disorders such as:
- Depression – the mental state of extreme sadness or low mood
- Bipolar disorder – the mental state of overwhelming changes in emotions
- ADHD (Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder)
- Self-esteem issues
- Mood swings
- Difficulties in the home
- Difficulty with friends
- Suicidal thoughts
- Self-harm issues
- PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder)
Avery’s House promotes healing and growth through the work of our team and the excellence of our program.
Josh Lemieux – Admissions