Drug Addiction Treatment Center
Alcohol & Drug Help For Teens
The Anthony Louis Center specializes in rehabilitation for teenagers (13-18) who are struggling with substance abuse, including alcohol and other drugs. We believe in providing care exclusively for this group as their needs are different. Being minors, the issues that arise in drug abuse in teens are different from those of adult treatment centers. Teenagers have a different understanding of risk, and, since their brains are still developing, they are uniquely vulnerable to the dangers of substance abuse. Teen drug problems involve a different drug profile than is the case for adults, and teens are likely to get involved with drugs for various reasons, with peer pressure holding far more sway than in the general population.
Walk-in drug screens are available during regular business hours to remove the element of distrust and uncertainty that can cloud the issues when dealing with teen substance abuse. By conducting formal drug screenings, the emotional aspect of establishing whether drugs are currently being used is removed.
Being assessed is a necessary first step to treatment, which involves a comprehensive review of substance abuse history, and behavioral and emotional history which are highly relevant. Assessments follow the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria for drug treatment centers for teens, including separate interviews with the teen and the parent or guardian. Recommendations are provided at the conclusion of the assessment on how best to proceed.
Full-day intensive outpatient programs are available for those not needing full residential care, but who still need all the components of the inpatient program. Programs are typically six to eight weeks long and are coordinated through the local school district. Our outpatient programming includes random drug screens to keep your teen on track. Continuing outpatient treatment is provided for those who have completed the intensive program or a term of residential treatment. This recognizes the need to ensure the lessons learned are not forgotten, maximizing the chances that your teen will successfully get on with their lives free from drugs.
Depending on the severity of your teen’s drug abuse problem and their personal level of resolve, inpatient treatment in a teen residential treatment center may be warranted. Residential treatment is particularly relevant in the case where your teen has already relapsed one or more times. Core classes may be given for those undergoing inpatient rehabilitation to ease the transition back to school once they have completed treatment, and also to provide a sense of continuity and normalcy while they are in residence.
Some of the main issues that young people who are in our program struggle with are:
- Drug & Alcohol Abuse
- Chemical Dependency
- Poor School Performance
- Behavioral Problems in the Community or at School
- Involvement in Criminal/Court Systems
- Learning Disabilities
- Family Problems
- Co-existing Mental Health Diagnoses