At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we’re committed to maintaining a standard of excellence and research-based teen treatment which continues to evolve and progress at the same incredible pace of the research in related fields. As such, we actively expand our treatment modalities to include those which have proven to be effective in assisting teens to heal and recover from substance abuse and/or mental health conditions. While the research avenues in these fields are far too many to list, much of the groundbreaking work happening especially in the last five years especially is related to the shift that we no longer consider mental health as only regarding the brain, but view the brain and body being inextricably linked. As such, we cannot consider the health of the mind without addressing the body, nor can we address physical ailments without also considering the mind.
The specific examples of these connections are perhaps even more essential and also prominent in teen treatment, since adolescence is such an intensely dynamic developmental time. In this sense, to consider mental heath or behavioral symptoms without also taking into consideration factors such as school environment and peer relationships is remiss. For instance, we understand that a teen struggling with depression may be experiencing stress at school and nutritional deficiencies which seem unrelated but are contributing to an unbalanced endocrine and hormonal system. We understand that a teen experimenting with social drug use may unconsciously be self-medicating for symptoms of anxiety and depression. And we understand that in today’s world, the stresses that can accompany adolescence are extreme and that lifestyle choices and behaviors can have severe visible and physical effects on the body. Because of these seemingly infinite connections that contribute to teens’ daily well-being and functioning, a symptom-based approach simply isn’t successful in helping young people make real and lasting recovery. A successful approach to teen treatment must be much more sophisticated and individualized, in order to identify and address each teen’s specific needs in a manner that is thorough and effective.
At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we’re incredibly proud of the alternative therapies we offer and which we’ve had great success with. The specific modalities we include in a treatment plan is determined by the teen’s unique needs, combined with the latest research in the field. For instance, we may include meditation, as a way to help teens alter neurological activity, which in turn can reduce anxiety and prevent panic attacks. We may include somatic therapy, in which teens can experience profound releases of stress from the body, especially related to past traumatic events. At times, we include EMDR Therapy, which has been proven to be extremely effective in cases of trauma and/or PTSD, and especially in helping teens to let go and move past difficult events. We also offer acupuncture, which is beginning to be included in many hospitals and main-stream treatment in the U.S., and which can have powerful effects on assisting teens to reduce stress, reduce anxiety, alleviate symptoms, and more fully engage in their therapeutic work. These alternative therapies are effective in some other cases as well.
At Paradigm Treatment Centers, there are a number of things that set us apart from other teen treatment centers, and continue to make us the most highly ranked program of any in the country. It’s worth noting that it’s only possible to offer the extensive alternative therapies that we do because of our commitment to a low staff-to-client ratio and house population. This ensures not only that all teens receives the individual time, attention, consideration, and oversight they deserve, but also allows us to provide these kind of exciting, groundbreaking, poignant programs for families. The result is not just that the treatment programs are creative and effective, but also that the environment is one of excitement and hope, for young people and their families.