Despite your best efforts, there may come a day when your teen is in need of medical intervention for drugs or alcohol. When it comes to dealing with these issues, the Anthony Louis Center understands that you need a team of specialists on your side that can be sensitive and receptive to your child. Teen drug use is a challenge for all involved, but you don’t have to lose hope.
How is Treatment for Teens Different from Adult Treatment?
During the teen years, the brain is not fully developed, meaning that teens are particularly susceptible to drug abuse and alcohol use. In truth, many teens are insulated from the full consequences of their actions because they still live at home and may not be responsible for supporting themselves.
In addition, research shows that teens prefer a different suite of drugs than adults, and even when they use the same drugs, they use them with a different intent such as seeking a fun high rather than a release from the stress of a job or relationship.
All of these factors combined mean that teen treatment involves a different approach that includes helping teens understand the real consequences on the table. It also includes helping them develop better coping strategies for the stresses they do experience.
Can Teens Continue Education During Treatment?
We work with the school districts for both our residential and outpatient clients. With outpatient treatment, your teen can continue attending regular school while receiving the support they need after school hours. For inpatient rehabilitation, each center may offer a variety of core classes to keep your teen engaged and learning so that they can transition back to school full-time once they’ve completed treatment.
Residential vs. Outpatient? Determining the Best Treatment Option for Your Teen
This question depends entirely on the severity of the abuse taking place and your teen’s commitment to recovery. A consultation with one of our specialists will give them an idea of what type of treatment is best.
Both forms of treatment are effective when paired with a committed patient who wants to recover and move forward with life, but residential treatment may be necessary for those who have struggled with relapses in the past.
Preparing for Life After Treatment
Now it’s time for your child to rejoin their peers and face the challenges of life without substances. Specialized programs exist to make this transition smoother and provide ongoing support during the early days.