Historically, an addiction teen treatment center in an RTC setting has been almost exclusively based on 12 Step programming. In addition, clients with various addictive behaviors have often been treated in a similar manner, and lumped into the same groups with the same approach. This would often result in girls with addictive self-harming behaviors or compulsive social media use being treated in the same groups as substance abusers.
While 12 Step programming is very valid, helpful, and widely used for helping individuals who are struggling with addictions, there is a multitude of other valid approaches that are very effective. Solstice believes in using a variety of approaches to treat addictive behaviors in our teen treatment center, as we have found this to be more effective in at least two ways; 1) we are able to successfully engage more clients in their own recovery, and 2) it results in a higher percentage of positive, long-term outcomes.
Our addiction teen treatment center program is designed to serve young ladies struggling with a variety of addictive behaviors including substance abuse, self-harm, disordered eating, unhealthy relationships, and technology addiction (e.g. inappropriate use of phone and other devices, social media, etc.). Furthermore, girls with non substance abuse behaviors have their own group to address these issues thus avoiding the problems associated with combining them into the substance abuse groups.
Specific Treatment for Specific Age Group
Adolescents like those who attend Solstice’s teen treatment center need interventions specific to their developmental stage, and should not be treated as if they were simply “small adults.” It is our experience that young women have their own set of gender-specific, developmental issues that impact who they are and what they do. Therefore, they require specific addiction treatment that meets their specific needs.
It is for these reasons that we also employ other interventions beyond the traditional 12 Step model in our teen treatment center. These other interventions more relatable to young women include Women for Sobriety, Rational Recovery, and SMART Recovery. In fact, outcome studies have shown gender specific interventions such as Women for Sobriety have been found by many to be more effective for females in recovery than 12 Step programming.
In addition to our dynamic array of addictions interventions, we also provide a powerful model for intervening with addictive behaviors in adolescents including:
- Two 60-90 minute groups per week focused on addiction. One group focuses on substance/chemical abuse while the other includes a broader focus on addictions including self-harm, eating disorders, sexual addictions, and relationship issues. Peer intervention is powerful in helping our teens recognize they are not alone and in finding support.
- Weekly to bi-monthly individual addiction therapy sessions with our licensed substance abuse counselor. This allows us to address and work through personal and individualized challenges inhibiting change.
- Monthly family addiction therapy sessions conducted with the primary therapist and licensed substance abuse counselor focused on addiction issues. This assists in educating parents relative to their daughter’s addiction treatment and inviting them to take an active role in the recovery process.
At Solstice we understand the needs of young girls are different than those of adults, and that one addictive behavior can be replaced by new, sometimes more problematic addictions. Therefore, our interest is in addressing the core challenges that lead to these addictive behaviors in order to provide healthier redirection of behaviors. This unique focus is one of the reasons our teen treatment center has been so successful.