identifying the problem
Substance Abuse and other addiction problems are a great concern for all parents. Much like adults, children and teens use substances as a way to manage symptoms and/or escape emotional pain. Substance use and addiction issues are so prevalent that they have been recently termed Co-Occurring Disorders. Substance use and addiction problems can affect every level of a child’s life and future.
Though challenging, this problem can be successfully treated. It is important that young clients have a safe place to learn how to explore their painful feelings, understand how substances deceptively appeared to help, and develop healthy coping skills. The provision of ongoing familial, social, therapeutic, and medical support throughout this process is a key element in successful, lasting recovery.
Substance abuse and other addiction problems require a specialized approach and clinical background to adequately treat. Traditional therapy is often not enough as the needs of our substance abusing clients are not solely due to mental health struggles. Because our therapists have been personally touched by addiction to some degree, in addition to extensive training and experience in the field of Co-Occurring Disorders, we have a greater understanding of the complexities that substance users and their families face.
the right approach
Clients identified as at-risk for substance use respond well to a clinically-coordinated mixture of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, family interventions, group therapy, and adjunctive community-based support groups.
The treatment focus
Our treatment model helps our client’s practice new ways of coping with family and social pressures; on developing new and healthy peer groups; and on building relapse-prevention strategies. We help our client’s develop skills that help them tolerate and explore their painful feelings and gain greater understanding how substances deceptively appeared to help. Our work with families helps to uncover deep emotional sources of the addictive process, as well as providing the basis for rebuilding a strong, loving home foundation.
- Assessment of current substance use and evaluation of appropriate course of treatment. Level of overall psychological functioning, degree of risk and harm (based on drug of choice/frequency of use/available supports and resources) are factors that determine appropriate treatment milieu and interventions
- Providing structure and containment so that chaotic, destructive functioning is curtailed
- Setting attainable and realistic goals. Harm Reduction Therapy has been proven to help reduce “all or nothing” thinking while moving towards sustained abstinence
- Maintaining an ongoing treatment focus on sobriety, hopefulness, and creating a thriving future