If your child has succumb to the temptations of alcohol or drugs, you may think that it’s simply a phase your child is going through and something we’ve all done in our adolescence. It’s easy to write off these type of problematic behaviors as they can be tremendously hard to cope with emotionally. When drug use crosses the line from recreational use with friends to a regular, daily, even hourly occurrence, it’s time for you, as the parent or guardian to step in. Drug addiction, like any other brain-based disorder, lasts a lifetime – even after the child or teen gets treatment and emerges sober and happy.
Piney Ridge Center has nearly two decades worth of experience helping children and teens ages 7 through 17 who have a mental health disorder or chemical dependency in addition to problematic sexual behaviors. Through a multidisciplinary approach, we believe that the best way to handle these comorbid conditions is to treat each diagnoses as the primary diagnosis. This ensures that treatment will be aimed at covering each aspect of the child or teen’s troubles, which promotes the highest possible treatment outcomes.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Seek Help
Children and teens think they do a great job of covering up their drug abuse, but in reality, it can be very easy to detect. Once you realize that your child or teen has passed the threshold from experimentation to full-blown addiction, it’s time for help. The earlier the treatment, the better the outcome. Here are some suggestions for helping your child or teen get treatment for drug addiction:
Understand addiction: Addiction, unfortunately, is not something that can be easily willed away – an addict can’t stop using just because he or she wants to. Addiction occurs when the brain has been rewired to rely upon the drug of abuse, leading to cravings, withdrawal symptoms, tolerance, and dependence.
Be honest with your child: Adults often want to shield their children from the consequences of the decisions they make. In this case, it’s simply not possible. Talk open and frankly about your experimentation with drugs or, if you are an addict in recovery, share your experiences about getting and staying sober.
Listen to your child: Experimenting with drugs and alcohol is normal kid behavior. Addiction or chronic drug use is not. Find out the reasons why he or she is using in order to fully understand what your child is struggling with emotionally.
Why Seek Residential Treatment at Piney Ridge Center?
If your child has graduated from part-time user to addict, the sooner you act the better. The long-term consequences of drug addiction can impact every area of your child’s life. His or her health will decline as the addiction takes over. It may become impossible for your child to financially support him or herself and live independently. Your child may engage in risky behaviors with life-altering consequences. You may feel helpless to get your child off the drugs and back into creating a life for him or herself.
A residential treatment program that has much experience treating comorbid, co-occurring disorders such as chemical dependency plus sexually deviant behaviors by engaging in a number of therapeutic interventions has been proven to be one of the best ways to recover. By managing both disorders concurrently, a residential treatment center will be able to improve long-term outcomes and help your child build the sober life he or she deserves.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Piney Ridge Center, we have nearly twenty years helping children and teens ages 7 through 17 learn the tools they need to successfully recover from drug or alcohol abuse as well as sexually deviant behaviors. Our multidisciplinary team helps each child see the potential he or she has within and uses these strengths to build upon during the journey toward recovery. We approach each child as the individual he or she is and develop a treatment plan for his or her residential stay with us that meets all of his or her needs – mind, body, and spirit.
Treatment Options Offered at Piney Ridge Center
When your child first comes to us for help, they will undergo a variety of assessments given by our multidisciplinary team of mental and medical healthcare professionals to allow us to gain better insight into the challenges your child is facing. The physical examination will allow us to determine what drugs or alcohol are in their system and diagnose any medical complications of the drug abuse. The psychological examination will help us determine if your child is physically dependent upon drugs or alcohol, diagnose any co-occurring disorders, and help us to determine what sort of sexually deviant behaviors they are experiencing. We will take the results of these examinations and sit down with you and your child to create a plan of care for your residential treatment.
Medication may be used at the beginning of the treatment program to help control any symptoms of withdrawal you may be experiencing. Other people may require more long-term medication therapy to help manage any co-occurring disorders. The usage of medication will be determined by the treatment team and adjusted for efficacy throughout your child’s stay.
Individual therapy will allow us to work privately with your child to discuss both the substance abuse and problematic sexual behaviors. This time will be used to work to unearth the reasons behind the substance abuse, the problems co-occurring disorders have caused in your child’s life, as well as begin to address presenting sexually deviant behaviors.
Group therapy is often considered the cornerstone of treatment in residential care centers. By working in groups alongside other people who have similar challenges as your child, it can help them develop a bigger support network. Working together will allow them the time to collectively process their emotions and learn ways in which they can change their behaviors for the better. Group topics may include anger management, safe sexual practices, empathy training, and relapse prevention.
Family therapy is vital to the recovery of those suffering from both substance abuse and problematic sexual behaviors. Family is allowed to visit up to three times per week during scheduled visitation time and we will offer family sessions once per week. During these sessions, time will be spent identifying issues within the family dynamic that may have led to substance abuse and sexually deviant behaviors. All family members will learn ways in which they can help during the recovery process.
At Piney Ridge, we know that treating a child or teen who has substance abuse and sexually problematic behaviors involves much more than simply providing therapeutic interventions and a highly-structured. That’s why we offer a range of experiential treatment programs, which include:
- School-based programming
- Expressive therapy
- Recreational activities
- Activity therapy
- Spiritual guidance
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
As discharge approaches, you and your child’s treatment team, as well as our discharge planner will sit down together and work out a continuing care option that addresses all aftercare needs. During our experiences, we will have gleaned a better understanding into what may help your child successfully continue on the road to recovery. Some of our clients find they’d like to gradually reintegrate back into their community and opt to join a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient program (IOP). Both PHP and IOP programs are outpatient programs that allow your child to continue working on recovery during the day while spending evenings and weekends at home or in a stable living environment. Other clients may find they’ve made enough progress in our residential treatment program that they’re ready to discharge directly to a stable living environment with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and available community resources. Still others may need our help locating options for college or enlistment in the military – both of which our treatment team is happy to assist with. Whatever your child’s continuing care needs may be, we will work with you and external sources to locate what will work best for you.