Adolescence Is a Challenging Time for Children
Challenges at home or school can create enormous stress. Coupled with wild emotional swings, this stress can steer teens, 12 – 18 years old, down a path of substance abuse and process addictions. Specifically, many teens turn to alcohol abuse, drug addiction, codependency and/or compulsive behaviors, such as disordered eating or gaming. Addiction during these developmental years can lead to life-long physical, emotional, and mental health consequences.
Whole Families Adolescent Intervention – Different Than Adult
Adolescent intervention and treatment is unique. Teens have different needs than adults. Most adolescents are in the beginning stages of their addiction and haven’t suffered enough negative consequences to choose recovery.
Whole families intervention and holistic recovery services aims to encourage the adolescent to choose treatment. When a young person chooses treatment voluntarily, he or she is more likely to willingly participate in the process from the start.
Whole families intervention and holistic recovery services approaches teens with lovingkindness, empathy, and compassion. This is significant, because we have found the most effective way to help a loved one towards recovery is to guide and support families in learning to love with dignity and honor. We help families reconnect with the strength, hope, and resiliency that has defined who they are. We help them set clear expectations and boundaries for their adolescent.
Age Appropriate Treatment
For many years, adolescents were given the same consideration as adults in the same treatment center. Recent studies show that this strategy was not only less effective on adolescents, but sometimes had adverse and negative results.
Adolescents and their families have different needs than adults. Whole Families Intervention and Services plans and performs interventions that are individualized for adolescents. We direct families to treatment that specifically serve adolescents and the particular challenges they face day to day.
Intervening on the behalf of an adolescent can prove challenging.
Young people are the most prevalent users of prescriptions drugs, with over 17,000 young adults dying from a prescription overdose. For adolescents abusing drugs, they can feel invincible. While consequences may already be present in early addiction, this population may not be able to see it for themselves. They may not have experienced grave enough consequences for them to want to change their habits.
We at Whole Families Intervention and Services have found it essential to orchestrate adolescent intervention services with empathy and care. Moreover, it is is key to include those family members who are committed to supporting their loved one throughout the whole process. In summary, while teens can be challenging, families can empower their loved one into recovery with compassion and steadfastness.