Teen substance abuse services
Addressing a teen’s struggle with substance abuse means understanding the emotional, developmental, physical, psychological, familial, social and cultural factors involved in their addiction. At Rosecrance, we have developed an evidence-based program that incorporates clinical, medical, educational and experiential therapies into a comprehensive individualized treatment plan.
Your length of stay in any treatment programs is dependent on your progress and accomplishment of treatment goals — as determined by you, your counselor and, when appropriate, your family.
Under the instruction of a certified recreational therapist, patients receive both education and practical experience in the area of health and wellness. Through use of the state-of-the-art fitness center, patients will be introduced to a variety of training equipment and fitness tools. Patients will also learn the importance of relaxation and stress-reduction through the practice of Yoga and meditation techniques. Other recreational therapy services offered include leisure education groups, team building, recreational activities, community recreation and cultural events. Patients can also be referred to the recreational therapist for an individual therapeutic recreation assessment, leisure counseling and leisure discharge planning. This program is designed to give persons recovering from addictions the tools to include a wellness-oriented lifestyle in their recovery program and to guide them through the process.
Under the direction of a Master’s level art therapist, patients will be encouraged to define important concepts to their lives in recovery with the use of metaphorical and concrete thinking. Directives will be chosen to best suit the clinical needs of each group.
Depending on the environment and population, an art therapist may use a directive or open studio approach. Patients will have the opportunity to utilize various art materials such as; oil pastels, chalk pastels, watercolor and tempera paints, clay, paper mache, collage, and more. An art therapist strives to create a safe therapeutic environment using art materials to help their clients process emotions, trauma or other treatment related issues.
Through clinical staff recommendations, patients will meet with the art therapist and decide appropriate treatment plan goals, and/or work through current issues in one-on-one sessions. The art therapist will help guide the patient to interpret the meaning behind his or her artwork. Patients will be encouraged to focus on the here-and-now issues present in treatment while also working on conflict resolution and future ideals.
Patients also will have the opportunity to participate in creative expressive arts groups which may include different experiential opportunities such as creative journal writing, meditation and guided imagery (with or without response art), recovery themed games, and art activities. Through creative expressive arts groups, patients will develop improved coping skills by learning effective relaxation techniques and appropriate avenues for self-care.
Patients often identify with the music they listen to and learn to understand that music can be a trigger in and out of recovery. The music therapy program helps patients deal with the emotions that arise with music. Rosecrance helps adolescents channel the triggers associated with music into coping and recovery skills.
In the program, patients play improvisational and written music, including drums, percussion and other instruments, as a coping skill. Music can serve as a marker in a patient’s recovery process.
The conservatory curriculum takes recovery values and abstract beliefs and incorporates them into biology, science and nature. Through the use of natural world metaphors, adolescents in treatment learn to look at recovery in new ways. They learn to better understand themselves and how they relate to the circle of life.
The Ipsen Conservatory is made possible by the generosity of Susan J. Ipsen and other very good friends to Rosecrance.
The garden is also utilized as part of the Experiential Therapies Program as a tool for teaching adolescents how to re-engage their senses, connect to the elements of nature, and cultivate physical and emotional stability. By creating a naturally therapeutic space, Rosecrance has been able to design a program that is unique among adolescent treatment programs.
In addition, prevention education and training are offered to schools, businesses, churches, families and community organizations.
Addiction, in whatever manifestation it takes, greatly effects the family. An intervention is a process to allow family and friends to gather and tell their loved one how their drinking or drug use has impacted their lives, and to do so in a loving and caring way.
Interventions have classically been used for substance use dependence, but also can be applied to process addictions, as well as certain behavioral problems.