Teen Mental Health Treatment

Most  treatment centers don’t treat teens because they think it is too difficult or not profitable enough. At Family Center for Recovery in West Palm Beach, we believe every teen is worth saving.

We treat:

  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use

Any treatment should start with a thorough psychiatric evaluation, ideally conducted by an addiction psychiatrist, who identifies the severity of the illness as well as the likely additional psychiatric diagnoses such as mood disorders (e.g. Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder), anxiety disorders (e.g. Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder), psychotic disorders (Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and the developing personality disorders. Less than 1/3 of adolescents admitted to substance use treatment facilities who have other psychiatric illnesses receive treatment for those illnesses.

At Family Center for Recovery, all of our adolescents and teens receive a thorough evaluation before placement in our residential treatment program.

In addition, the family dynamics should be evaluated to develop a thorough understanding of those factors that are playing a role in inadvertently maintaining the illnesses. Too often, family members intend to help the adolescent suffering psychiatric illness, but engage in dynamics which prevent the actual help needed. Making excuses for the adolescent’s behavior, minimizing the severity of choices being made by the adolescent, providing ongoing rewards for the adolescent who is repeatedly making unhealthy decisions all help to maintain the illnesses. All of the serious health risks associated with adolescent mental health issues magnify the need to get the adolescent into treatment as soon as possible.

How Our Adolescent Teen Treatment Program Works

The Family Center for Recovery will lead the fight to get your young one well again. Our adolescent treatment program provides gender-separated facilities, offering care at every level. We address all psychiatric disorders, including all family issues.

We will give your child the tools to become a supportive member of society. Treatment with us doesn’t mean a break from schooling. Education is never forgotten. Students continue with school using Florida Virtual School or continue with work sent from their hometown school.

Our goal is to improve your adolescent’s mental and physical health and get them back home, to their lives and to their loved ones.

Please call 855-202-4220 for more help.

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Adolescent Substance Use Disorder

Why Are Some Teens Likely to Get Addicted?

Teenagers are always pegged as the most at-risk people for developing a drug or alcohol abuse problem. Perhaps this is because their curiosity and inexperience makes them likely to experiment with various drugs.

Sometimes, it is not that simple. There are other reasons why teenagers abuse drugs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):

  • Pressure to fit in with their peers.
  • To ease stress and social anxiety.
  • They are self-medicating depression.
  • To have fun and feel pleasure.
  • To enhance their performances either in sports or in academics.

Other reasons include: influence from social media and the entertainment industry, ignorance on the dangers of drugs, and prescription medication use that becomes an addiction.

Substance Use is a Mental Health Disorder

Signs of Drug Use in Teens

Changes in Behavior

Behavioral change is usually one of the first visible signs of drug use. Some behavioral changes that may indicate your teen is using drugs include:

  • Poor academic performance.
  • Missing school and/or extracurricular activities.
  • Getting into conflicts or trouble at school.
  • Becoming defiant, uncooperative, or hostile (e.g., violating curfew, ignoring rules, lashing out).
  • Increased illegal activity or behavior.
  • Decreased interest in activities and hobbies.
  • Changing friends or social circles.
  • Isolating themselves from friends or family.
  • Acting secretive.
  • Newfound demand for privacy.
  • Lack of respect for authority.
  • Avoiding eye contact.
  • Complaints from teachers, classmates, etc.
  • Unexplained disappearances for significant periods of time.

Psychological Changes

Because many abused drugs are psychotropic, personality or mood changes are also common signs of drug use. These include:

  • Frequent mood swings or emotional instability.
  • Extreme highs and lows.
  • Manipulative or deceitful behavior.
  • Decreased motivation.
  • Lethargy or low energy.
  • Memory problems.
  • Poor concentration.
  • Slurred or rapid-fire speech.
  • Laughing for no apparent reason.
  • Being unusually loud and obnoxious.
  • Being fearful or paranoid for no apparent reason.
  • Periods of drowsiness followed by periods of high energy.
  • Other unexplained changes in attitude or personality.

Health Problems

There are many health issues that occur as a result of drug use such as:

  • Appetite changes.
  • Sleep disturbances.
  • Excessive thirst (known as cottonmouth and typically occurs as a result of marijuana use).
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Frequent illness.
  • Sudden weight loss or gain.
  • Coordination problems.
  • Nosebleeds (may occur due to the snorting of drugs such as cocaine).
  • Seizures (without a history of epilepsy or other seizure disorder).
  • Runny nose.
  • Shakes or tremors.
  • Accidents or injuries.

Personal Appearance

People who use drugs often begin to neglect their personal appearance as a result of drug use. If your teen is in fact abusing drugs, you may notice some of these signs:

  • Poor hygiene.
  • Poor coordination.
  • Teeth clenching.
  • Bloodshot eyes.
  • Bruises, cuts, and sores (from falling, bumping into things, or scratching oneself).
  • Constant scratching (a common sign of opiate use).
  • Track marks on arms or legs from intravenous drug use.
  • Wearing long sleeves even in the summer (to cover up track marks).
  • Burns on fingers or lips (from joints).
  • Pinpoint pupils (a common sign of opiate use).
  • Smelling like drugs, alcohol, or other unusual odor.

Other Signs to Look For

There are several other visible signs of drug use that you should look for if you’re worried about your teenager using drugs. These include:

  • Finding drug paraphernalia (e.g., pipes, rolling papers, needles, bottles, unusual containers, eye drops, butane lighters, smoking devices, cut up straws, mirrors, Ziploc bags, tin foil, weighing scales, balloons, aluminum foil wrappers, vials, capsules, etc.).
  • Finding drug residue or remains (e.g., seeds, stems, powder, etc.).
  • Smelling strong incense or perfumes within your teenager’s personal space (commonly used to hide the smell of drugs).
  • Missing medications, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.
  • Missing cash or other resources (i.e., valuable items which may be pawned for drugs).
  • Finding hidden stashes of drugs or alcohol.

Of course, not all of the signs listed above will point directly to drug abuse. Some signs on their own may be indicators of other, unrelated problems. However, the more signs that are present, the more likely your teen is using drugs

Our Teen Drug Treatment Program Highlights 

We include several types of drug and alcohol treatment for our Teen patients.

  1. Group Therapy

Group therapies are part of behavioral interventions designed to provide teenagers with a non-judgmental setting to discuss their substance abuse problems. These meetings give them positive social reinforcement from their peers. It also encourages them to turn their lives away from drug abuse.

Behavioral intervention will also include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques, which help teens anticipate and cope with substance abuse problems. For instance, they learn to monitor and control their feelings, and use their self-control to escape high-risk environments for drug abuse. Our counselors are alert and have the experience to control the risk of some group members reinforcing negative behavior and encouraging substance abuse.

  1. Family Therapy Sessions

This type of therapy addresses negative issues in the home environment and equips the family with skills and goals for dealing with drug abuse. Some of the teenager’s behavior and attitudes toward substance abuse can be attributed to the family’s failed behavior in key areas, such as in failing to instill discipline, or for being substance abusers as well. We will therefore help the entire family unite and resolve these issues.

  1. Use of addiction treatment medication

Our on-site Medical Doctor evaluates each of our teen patients to access whether they should entertain the idea of trying medication. Our Doctor includes their parents and gives the family unit the choice to decide. More than often, drug and alcohol abuse is related to other mental disorders, which is why medication can be such an aid in overcoming drug abuse.

  1. Recovery Support Services

We will help our teen patients in every step after treatment is complete. We have staff that helps our patients find programs set up in communities or in schools for recovering teenagers, guardians and peer leaders to support one another in overcoming substance abuse problems. We also guide and encourage 12 step meetings, community engagement, volunteer opportunities, and support groups.

Please call 855-202-4220 for more help.

Adolescent Treatment with a Full Continuum of Care

A serious national issue: Teen Opioid Epidemic

A new report out from the CDC in August 2017 that shows dramatic shifts in overdose deaths among teens ages 15 to 19.

Opioids, specifically, heroin, were the primary cause of overdoses among teens in 2015.

The National Vital Statistics System found:

•The drug overdose death rate among teens doubled from 1999 to 2007, declined by 26% from 2007 to 2014, and then increased again in 2015.

• The decrease in the death rate between 2007-2014 was not a significant for males.

• The majority of drug overdose deaths for males and females in 2015 were unintentional.

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