When deciding which type of treatment is right for your Hawaii teen, it’s important to weigh all the options out there. Some treatments for addiction are based upon purely scientific evidence. For instance, the use of methadone for the treatment of heroin addiction has been researched, studied and found to be effective when administered correctly, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. These types of treatment are known as “evidence-based” options. Other forms of evidence-based therapies include:
Participation in support groups, such as AA or NA
Equine-Assisted Therapy Options for Hawaii Teens
Complementary and alternative therapies are programs designed to assist the evidence-based therapies by contributing in positive, uplifting or spiritual ways to the mental state of the individual who is recovering from addiction. One example of this type of program is equine-assisted therapy.
Equine-assisted therapy is the use of horses in the therapeutic process. An individual teen may be assigned to care for a horse, for instance. He or she might be responsible for grooming, feeding and exercising the animal while the trained therapist takes both partners – horse and teen – through a series of exercises. In some cases, the teen will remain on the ground, using lead ropes. In other instances, horsemanship is part of the program as the teen learns to communicate effectively to guide the horse and work in partnership to achieve specific milestones and goals.
A study conducted by the Canadian Department of Justice found that participants in equine-assisted therapy were better able to open up to counselors about their problems because they didn’t feel like they were in therapy at all. They managed their anger better. They had less interest in finding or using drugs. They learned how to set goals, manage their behaviors to reach those goals, and made better choices for themselves in society.
More complementary therapies might include yoga, which has been shown to reduce stress by the Mayo Clinic, and art therapy which can provide for non-verbal communication for issues that your teenager may not be capable of vocalizing right away.
Which Type of Therapy Is Better?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse makes a very good point in their publication, Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide. One of the major points made in this publication is that every individual is unique. There is simply no single, fool-proof treatment plan that is going to work for everyone. This makes the question of which type of therapy may or may not be “better” than another obsolete. The best and most effective treatment program will be one that is designed specifically around the needs of your child.
Solid Treatment for Hawaii Teens
The more tools your teen has in his or her arsenal, the greater success they may find when they return home to Hawaii after residential treatment. Your child can use the information and experiences gleaned in their future challenges. Yoga, for instance, is not a technique used exclusively for teen rehab. The same stress release techniques your child found in rehab can be used years from now when life’s obstacles get in the way of peace and calm.
If you find yourself needing a residential or intensive outpatient service for your Hawaii teen, Teen Rehab is here to help. Feel free to call us anytime to discuss the needs of your family and to address all of your questions or concerns. Your teen can overcome his or her addiction, and emerge stronger on the other side.
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