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  1. Safe Rehab for Teens

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    Addiction doesn’t just impact adults; many teens struggle with drugs as well. One survey funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that roughly a quarter of all 12th graders used illicit drugs in the past month, and 35 percent consumed alcohol. Many of them, especially those suffering from pre-existing mental health conditions, are likely to develop (or already have) a substance abuse problem.

    For a teen to overcome an addiction, they need a place to recover. That place, of course, must be safe.

    What Makes a Safe Rehab for Teens?

    Security as a Parent

    Do you feel comfortable and relaxed when on the premises or in their accommodation? Listen to your gut feelings, but don’t be too hasty to trust or distrust.

    Privacy

    Are outsiders allowed to enter the space for reasons other than visiting loved ones or attending family-oriented group meetings? This should never be allowed.

    Physical and Medical Safety

    Is the rehab center equipped with medical professionals that are available 24/7 to treat any emergency situations or common withdrawal symptoms? This is absolutely necessary?

    Attributes of a Teen-Friendly Rehab Facility

    Rehab might seem like an unappealing destination for teens, so look for facilities that offer features that appeal to teenage patients. There are, in fact, rehab clinics that serve exclusively teenagers. You may expect these facilities to be even more stressful for an already-struggling teenager, but it has been reported that teens in these facilities are even more at ease. The advantage is that they learn to integrate with their peers in healthy, productive ways, in a controlled environment that filters out the drama and pressure.

    Even teens who are court-ordered to attend rehab tend to warm up to treatment if given comfortable accommodations and friendly staff. Further, they are often pleasantly surprised and excited by the luxury amenities like swimming pools, yoga classes and on-site chefs. Ironically, for teenagers who feel trapped, rehab can feel like the ultimate freedom: They’re safe, they’re care for, and they have something to which they can look forward: addiction-free life.

    Appropriate Levels of Care for Teens

    Rehab is available in a number of formats: private detox, residential programs, and outpatient programs. Each is designed to target the needs and lifestyles of different groups of patients, depending on their needs. For anyone whose addiction is severe enough to require detox, we highly recommend inpatient, not outpatient, treatment. Also note that recovery continues even after treatment: You must continue with aftercare services like AA or private therapy meetings as well.

     

    Call 949-637-5499 today and learn how rehab can be the stepping stone to a healthier future.

  2. Outpatient Rehab For Teens

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    Many parents would like to postpone enrolling their teenager in a treatment program because they don’t want his or her life to suffer.  However, treatment is often necessary for a teen to get better. If a teen can benefit from outpatient rehab, it’s a great way to heal while maintaining responsibilities.

    It may take time out of your teenager’s day, but addiction, if left untreated, will take a lot more. The longer the substance abuse is allowed to continue, the harder it can be to bounce back.

    Responsibilities 

    In the US, most public schools and universities have programs in place to help teens in recovery make it through. If a teen is functional at school, they may be awarded special scheduling adjustments. In this case especially, outpatient treatment can be very effective. Independent education plan (IEP) is an effective clinician-designed tool used for incorporating a teenager’s schoolwork into their overall recovery goals. Tutors may also be available during specific days and hours, as well as supervised peer study groups.

    Not only are teens in outpatient recovery expected to continue their responsibilities–they’re expected to do well. Recovery is about learning to live sober; rehab is tailored toward accountability–keeping up with homework, organizing, scheduling.

    If an outside goal is valuable to you, it’s valuable to the clinicians, who only want to see their patients continue on a good path. If a patient needs assistance with homework or college applications, they need only ask.

    It’s Not Always Enough

    Please understand that, no matter how inconvenient inpatient treatment may seem, many teenagers simply need it. Because peer pressure and other social influences are so rampant among this age group, some teens need intensive help overcoming addictions most adults wouldn’t take so seriously: marijuana, ecstasy, etc. It’s the environment that’s so strong.

     

    Teens can thrive in a structured environment which provides outpatient treatment tailored to their needs. Call us to find out how we can support your teen through our recovery programs.

The people at Sustain Recovery are truly passionate about their work. They put all their love, energy and spiritual strength in to it. They continue to support me today as I continue my ongoing journey in my personal recovery. I now have over a year of sobriety, my own apartment, a job, true friends and a support network that is always available to me. Although all that stuff is great, what matters most today is that I love myself and have the ability to love others. Thank you to all who had a hand and heart in Sustain Recovery

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