Alaska Teen Addiction Treatment

AlaskaOne of the options for addiction treatment for Alaska teens is the intensive outpatient therapy process. While your teen will not reside in a residential rehab facility, she will be required to meet certain obligations in a program such as this. For instance, the program may include a requirement to submit to daily, weekly or random drug screenings. Your child may take part in daily or nearly-daily activities including individual therapy sessions, group therapy sessions, support group meetings or a treatment known as cognitive behavioral therapy.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a little different than traditional talk therapy. It was originally developed as a program to focus on relapse prevention, specifically for alcohol addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it has been adapted over time to help with many types of addictions, including those to:

  • Methamphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Tobacco/nicotine

Cognitive refers to the way your teen thinks. Keeping in mind that teens’ brains are not yet fully developed, as indicated in an article published on NPR, an effective therapist will use a program designed for the teen mind. The process of cognitive behavioral therapy can help your teen identify cravings and create models of behavior – contingency plans – from which to draw to make healthy decisions, particularly when they return to life as normal in Alaska.

Behavioral refers to the actions that we take in response to our decisions. When your teen decides that using drugs “one more time” won’t harm him or anyone else, the resulting behavior might then be to engage in drug use. If he pulls from the lessons learned in the cognitive behavioral therapy sessions, specifically that drug use leads to problems that will change the way he has chosen to lead his life, his behavior may be to remove himself from the tempting situation where drugs are available.

Can My Teen Receive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an Inpatient?

When the initial therapist or other assessment provider feels it is necessary, your teen may move from an outpatient setting to a residential treatment facility. Cognitive behavioral therapy is often available while your teen resides in treatment, together with a host of other treatment methods designed to immerse him or her in the recovery process. For instance, your child may have access to holistic and alternative therapies such as yoga and meditation, equine-assisted therapy where he will learn problem-solving and communication skills, or he may learn discipline and dedication in a martial arts program.

Oftentimes, it’s preferable for your teen to be removed from their home environment in Alaska and seek treatment in another state so they can fully focus on their recovery. When outside of Alaska, they won’t be tempted by the same factors that led to their addiction, such as a specific peer group.

Ultimately, after a thorough assessment, the treatment plan created specifically for your child is both flexible and comprehensive enough to meet the needs of your child as they grow and change during the course of their stay with us. We provide this unique attention to each of our residents as part of our overall, evidence-based therapy and treatment process. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Thirteen Principles of Effective Treatment, this attention to the ever-changing and extremely personal aspects of each, individual disease of addiction is paramount to any successful treatment program.

If you find yourself in the position of needed a residential program for your Alaska teen, please contact us for more information. Regardless of the stage of treatment you are currently in at the moment, we are happy to discuss the best way to move forward.

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