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.

Rosecrance professionals recognize that oftentimes mental illness and substance abuse go hand-in-hand. Psychiatric evaluation and treatment is available at Rosecrance based on individual patient needs. Your treatment team will combine your needs and expectations with a psychiatric screening to determine if a referral to the psychiatrist is appropriate. Inpatient clients have access to psychiatric services on campus. Psychiatric care can include medication management and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
The Experiential Therapies Department at Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus provides evidence-based therapeutic arts and recreation programs designed to promote personal growth and self-recognition through action-oriented experiences. These activities focus on a variety of group and individual topics including but not limited to: trust, adaptability, leadership, decision making, cooperation, goal-setting, self-esteem and confidence. The department will provide a therapeutic environment for patients to explore and experience different interests, abilities and activities in fine arts and physical fitness.
Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is a treatment service which assists and empowers persons with addictions to maintain or achieve a quality of leisure lifestyle that facilitates personal independence, community leisure skills, well-being, and health. Active involvement in recreation has been demonstrated to improve one’s ability to manage stressors that threaten sobriety, improve social interaction and social networks, and enhance sober lifestyle and identity. Learning and practicing new, healthy coping skills helps the recovering addict deal positively with emotions such as anxiety, disappointment, confusion, and frustration which often occur during leisure activities. Other skills include decision-making, problem-solving, relaxation training, assertiveness training, stress management, and organizational skills.

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.

Art therapy is a process where an individual or group creates art as a tool of self-expression. Art therapy can help individuals express feelings visually when verbal skills are lacking. Through participation in art therapy groups, patients will experience the benefits of art making, while focusing on the process – not the final product.

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.

Adolescent patients at Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus attend music therapy once per week. A licensed clinician leads patients in both playing and listening to music, as well as discussing the role of music in recovery.

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 Ipsen Conservatory was conceived and designed to provide a space for horticultural therapy on a year-round basis.  This serene environment also offers a welcoming place for family and group counseling, journaling and individual counseling.

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 family program provides an educational experience regarding the disease of addiction for family members with lectures, open discussion and experiential activities. You and your family members will look at addiction as a family disease and identify not only how it has impacted the family, but also identify ways you and your family can work together in your recovery from this illness.

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The Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus is situated in a peaceful setting overlooking ponds, a Japanese influences serenity garden and a large wooded area. The campus is designed to create an environment conducive to recovery for youth and their families. The tranquil beauty and wonder of nature enhance the healing atmosphere with the campus and the garden creating a complementary indoor and outdoor relationship. The spending time in the garden engages all of our senses and offers positive distractions to everyday life. Seating areas are quiet space to relax, read and simply reflect.

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.

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Healing Garden fact sheet

Classes in prevention education and awareness provide at youth and parents with the information they need to address addiction issues at their earliest stages by increasing awareness and understanding of the effects of adolescent drug and/or alcohol use, abuse and dependence. Class information includes, exploring adolescent attitudes towards drug use, family communication skills and trends and stages of adolescent drug development.

In addition, prevention education and training are offered to schools, businesses, churches, families and community organizations.

An intervention provides a formal setting to increase the impact of getting a loved one help. Through its affiliate Aspen Counseling and Consulting, Rosecrance will prepare a family how to lovingly confront the behaviors of their loved one.

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.