As parents, we often see our children through rose-colored glasses. We do everything we can to help them succeed, and more importantly, to keep them safe. When mental disorders develop, for whatever reason, we can sometimes feel lost. Why is our child so sad? Why are they so anxious? When those mental disorders include drug and alcohol abuse or addiction, the path to wellness can seem as though it is strewn with debris we don’t know how to clear.
Dual Diagnosis Teen Rehab
Many times, alcohol and drug addiction occur side by side with other mental issues. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, when this happens, it is referred to as a dual diagnosis. It is not always possible to determine which came first, the addiction or the co-occurring disorder, unfortunately. And it may or may not matter, in the long run. The important factor, however, is to treat both conditions with equal fervor to increase the chances of successful recovery for your West Virginia teen and to help prevent relapses.
For example, if your teen is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and, by way of self-medicating, becomes addicted to either drugs or alcohol, dual diagnosis treatment is needed. Your teen may come home to West Virginia from an inpatient, residential facility having been clean and sober for many weeks; however, the PTSD is still an untreated factor in her life, and this disorder might then affect her life choices. Coupled with the fact that the brain of an adolescent is not yet accustomed to making wise decisions, she may find herself unable to withstand the temptations surrounding her and, once again, choose to self-medicate. The cycle is then repeated.
If, however, your teen is treated for PTSD at the same time she is undergoing teen addiction rehab, both issues can be addressed. Your child may be treated with several important tools, including:
Group and individual talk therapy
All of these types of treatments have science behind them, showing them to be effective treatments for both dual diagnosis disorders and addiction, according to NIDA.
There are additional options as well. In tandem with evidence-based therapies, we can help you find complementary and alternative therapies for teens from West Virginia and across the US – treatments that have been shown to be effective for the purpose of teen addiction treatment.
Types of Alternative Therapies for West Virginia Teens
Equine-assisted therapy is a type of treatment that partners a youth suffering from addiction with a horse for which they will provide care and companionship. A study conducted by the Canadian Department of Justice found that participants in an equine-assisted therapy program were less likely to reoffend and showed a decrease in their level of interest for using drugs. The participants also found they were less angry, had better home lives, and more self-respect. These young people were better able to set goals and keep them, and their self-esteem was higher than before the program began.
Art therapy can include dance, music or dramatic endeavors. One article, published by the Education Resources Information Center, states that creative art can provide an avenue for addicts seeking recovery to get past the denial and shame that often accompany the disease of addiction. When used in partnership with a 12-step recovery model, art therapy can help the individual admit that they are “out of control.”
We can help get your West Virginia teens into treatment. We offer gender-specific campuses exclusively for young people, who are dealing with the very grown-up disease of addiction, and we have the resources, commitment and the experience to help you and your teen overcome these challenges. If your West Virginia teen is suffering from addiction, with or without an obvious co-occurring disorder, please contact us.
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