Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment

For adolescents 11-18 years old

  • Understand how teen drug and alcohol addiction treatment works
  • Learn to cope and manage it
  • Get the relief you need
  • Make positive change that lasts
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Avery’s House is an inpatient teen mental health treatment center in Arizona. Our specialized behavioral health professionals work with adolescents to evaluate, diagnose, and stabilize various teen mental health conditions, including depression. Addiction and substance abuse is a serious problem among teenagers. Fortunately, teen alcohol and drug addiction therapy is available, and it can help tremendously.

What Parents Should Know?

Parents of teens need to be aware of the signs of alcohol and drug addiction.

Any indication of substance abuse should never be ignored. The teen may be in a critical state, and immediate action needs to be taken.

There are many resources online to help struggling families and teens, and Avery’s House is one of them. Resources like professional treatment and support groups help teens and families work toward recovery. They also help the family unit grow and provide educational opportunities.

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.

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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 the same way adults do.

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.

Inpatient Therapy Options

A teen with a serious addiction – such as abusing opioid painkillers – may require inpatient treatment. This means the patient will stay in a hospital or treatment facility to get help and learn how to avoid a relapse.

Behavioral therapy helps adolescents identify other mental issues that may lead to substance abuse. It teaches teens how to deal with triggering situations and find other ways to cope with their circumstances without substances.

Behavioral therapy also helps the entire family unit become stronger by teaching parents ways to have open and honest relationships with their children. They learn how to talk about addiction and their kids’ struggles.

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Types of Behavioral Therapy
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) Motivational Enhancement therapy focuses on motivating and encouraging teens to take part in drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. This therapy helps to motivate the teen to seek recovery and start their treatment plan.
Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) This approach helps reinforce adolescents’ community and support system to create stability. It also helps teens find healthy coping mechanisms and teaches them problem-solving skills.
Contingency Management In this approach to behavioral therapy, rewards are used to encourage good behavior and a faster recovery.

Another treatment option is family-based therapy. This involves the teen’s family and support system during treatment.

This therapy targets more specific issues such as:

  • Dual diagnosis
  • Peer pressure
  • School or job inconsistencies
  • Family issues
Types of Family-Based Therapy
Family-Behavioral Therapy This is a type of Family-Based therapy that uses a series of therapy sessions with a prize at the end of each goal. These sessions and goals aim to improve communication and relationships between parents and kids.
Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) This type of Family-Based therapy uses multiple therapy sessions specifically targeting drug and alcohol abuse in the home.
Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) This therapy option is for blended or split families with violent and chronically addicted teens. In this option, the school and local government work together to help the struggling teen and family.

Recovery support services help teens after they have been successfully treated and sober. Support groups have many options to keep teens clean during addiction recovery.

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Types of Recovery Support Services
Assertive Continuing Care (ACC) This recovery program is based in the adolescent’s home and helps create more open, honest communication to help the teen stay healthy.
Peer Recovery Support Services This recovery program is usually held in a community center and helps give teens role models that have experienced addiction and recovered.
Recovery High Schools Recovery High Schools can be used as a treatment option or to follow treatment. They are an education institute for teens struggling to overcome addiction. This provides adolescents with peers struggling with the same issues as they are and work to further their education.

How Can Avery’s House Help?

Avery’s House is a program that offers inpatient therapy for teens. Drug and alcohol addiction therapy for teens is one of our specialties. We also help teens struggling with co-occurring disorders.

Here 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
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD (Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulties in the home
  • Difficulty with friends
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self-harm issues
  • Bullying
  • PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder)
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At Avery’s House, we have various therapy options to help your adolescent and family. They include:

  • Weekly therapy sessions
  • Family therapy sessions
  • Experiential therapy
  • Dialectical-behavior therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Community activities
  • Trauma-informed care

We also offer family programs. Family members can visit teens weekly, and we offer a virtual weekly support group for families. Family members can meet virtually with one of our therapists for a therapy session if needed.

Your child’s education is important to us here at Avery’s House. If the patient’s current school meets our requirements and is willing to work with us, they may be able to stay enrolled and continue their education while receiving treatment.

If not, the patient will be enrolled online at Brightmount Academy to continue learning. We also offer summer school programs to further education.

We also provide medication management services for our teen patients. We aim to ensure your child’s medication is correct to get their needed help.

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Avery’s House Teen Therapy

At Avery’s House, your teen and your family are important to us. We know how critical it is for teens to work with an alcohol and drug addiction therapist they can trust. In addition, your family needs ongoing support as you navigate through this challenging time.

Do you have questions about teen therapy for substance abuse? We would love to answer them for you and help your child get started on the path to recovery. Please contact us to learn more.

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