In adolescence it is common to experiment with drugs and alcohol and while most teens don’t experience significant problems others will develop a dependency, often moving on to more serious drugs. Drug and alcohol addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug and/or alcohol seeking and use. An adolescent who is struggling with an addiction will continue using despite all of the harmful consequences that are going on in their lives. If allowed to continue substance abuse will only get worse further on down the road.
At Highland Ridge Hospital, we understand that our adolescent patients need treatment services that are designed to treat the specific concerns of this population. Our caring staff aims to help adolescents, ages 12 to 17, learn to cope with their mental illness, behavioral health, and addictions enabling them to return to their maximum potential. Our adolescent program is dedicated to provide reliable, evidence-based treatment to help them lead a productive life filled with happiness and joy. At Highland Ridge we can help your child live a sober and productive life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a child that is addicted to drugs or alcohol is a serious problem that needs to be address as soon as possible. You are most likely struggling with a number of different emotions as you are trying to come to terms with your child’s addiction. Even though you are most likely working through your own feelings you need to put a plan into action. Here are a couple of tips that can help you get on the right path when helping your child overcome their addiction.
- Continue to provide them with unconditional love
- Identify your child’s strengths
- Talk to your child without scolding or yelling at them
- Reassure them that you will work through this difficult time together
- Get them engaged in outside activities
- Take them to see a mental health professional
- Establish a clear set of rules
Why Consider Treatment at Highland Ridge
If you have a child that is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you have probably started to notice the development of a number of negative consequences in their life and yours. Your child may begin to have worsening physical health including a weakened immune system, loss of weight, and problems with their internal organs. You may also start to notice that they are beginning to pull away from you, slowly isolating themselves from loved ones and friends. Additionally, they may be failing academically and acting out more at home. With all of these negative effects piling up it is essential that you get your child help before things get even worse.
An inpatient addiction recovery program that specializes in treating adolescents is often the most beneficial when it comes to treatment options. An inpatient recovery program will focus on providing your child with the positive coping skills to help them manage stress, avoid unhealthy interactions and be able to resist cravings. Additional this safe environment can allow adolescents to overcome personal struggles surrounded by others their own age. In an inpatient treatment program, your child will be involved in a number of different treatment techniques such as individual, group, and family therapy all designed to help them overcome addiction.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Highland Ridge Hospital aims to provide high quality treatment for children, adults, and older adults who are struggling with anxiety disorders. We know that each person who comes to us for help is a unique individual who requires an individualized plan of care that involves innovative treatment approaches for his or her stay with us. At Highland Ridge, we believe the whole is greater than the sum of our parts. We seek to treat each person who comes to us for help with the dignity, respect, compassion, and care they deserve so that they can return to their communities a happy, productive person.
Types of Treatment Offered at Highland Ridge
At Highland Ridge Hospital we provide individualized treatment plans that are designed to meet the unique needs of each and every patient who come to us for care. Our multidisciplinary team works together in order to prescribe and provide this specially tailored treatment. In our adolescent program we treat patients with safe, proven, and reliable evidence-based treatment protocols, which are guided by care, concern, compassion, and competence. At Highland Ridge we see each adolescent as more than the symptoms of a mental health disorder, they are people who have special needs, wants, desires, and challenges. We approach treatment of adolescent mental health disorders from a holistic, individualized, and caring place. Some of the therapeutic methods we use to treat each patient include some of the following:
Detoxification process: If your child is addicted to drugs or alcohol they may begin their recovery process in our detox program. Through detox, we will safely and effectively remove drugs and alcohol from your child’s body in order to allow them to be able to better participate in treatment.
Medication management: Medication is the main treatment method used for bipolar disorder as it is used to control lessen symptoms and help regulate mood. Each patient is seen on a regular basis to ensure the effectiveness of medication and to make any necessary changes.
Individual therapy: Held on a weekly basis individual therapy is provided to allow each adolescent with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a therapist to help the child learn how to effectively manage their illness. They can get to the underlying reasons for why they starting using drugs in the first place.
Group therapy: At Highland Ridge we offer both psycho-educational and process-based groups that may include topics such as anger management, stress reduction, and coping skills.
Family therapy: The whole family unit is an important part of recovery process and is integrated into the treatment approach. Family sessions are designed to educate the family about the child’s illness so that they can help ensure the child stays on their treatment plan.
As a holistic treatment center, Highland Ridge Hospital aims to offer a variety of experiential treatment options to accompany traditional therapies. These may include:
- Art therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreation therapy
- Leisure time
- Craft time
- Movie nights
- Wii games
- Gym & exercise time
- Puzzles, cards, and board games
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
As your child’s time with us draws to an end, our treatment team will work with you and your child to establish an aftercare plan that meets your child’s continued recovery goals. Highland Ridge Hospital is proud to offer a variety of options for care for our community. We offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that provide the same therapies and benefits of our inpatient program, only patients return home in the evenings. We also offer a variety of inpatient treatment options for those who need a structured environment to begin their healing. No matter what level of care you need, Highland Ridge Hospital is ready to help you.