At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we believe it’s our responsibility to provide youth and family members with clear, honest information throughout every step of the treatment process, including in the initial phone calls, when families are choosing a treatment center. While teens are in treatment, we offer a number of Psycho-Educational Services programs which inform teens and families about the teen treatment process, including social, family, and physical aspects thereof. Our Teen Medical Aspects of Addiction and Recovery program is specifically designed to educate teens and families about the physical aspects of addiction as well as the myriad connections between physical and mental health.
At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we believe one of the things that sets us apart from other teen treatment providers is our commitment to a thorough, individualized diagnostic process, which carefully evaluates all aspects of the teen’s health. Because so many symptoms within teen mental health and addiction conditions can overlap, we believe that a precise and thorough diagnostic process is inextricably bound to precise and successful treatment. Unfortunately, the hurried and broad diagnostic processes that so many other teen treatment centers employ don’t consider important factors such as potential physical health ailments, which might be causing and/or aggravating teens’ current symptoms. This narrow, outdated approach results in teens receiving treatment that may help temporarily alleviate symptoms, only for them to return once again, since the underlying causes have not been addressed.
At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we view teens’ mental and emotional health as one and the same as their physical health. For this reason, we incorporate numerous different strategies and programs, designed to support and nurture teens’ physical health during treatment, as well as to recognize and address any potential physical ailments. Because this is a core aspect of our Teen Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment programs, we also provide opportunities to educate teens and families on some of these common connections, so that they can make informed choices on how to support their overall health, both throughout and following treatment.
Our Teen Medical Aspects of Addiction and Recovery program focuses specifically on how addiction affects their brains and bodies, especially in instances of long-term, chronic use. First of all, we work with teens and families to educate them on the stages of addiction and recovery, from a clinical standpoint. This includes making sure they are aware of the neurological impact of addiction and how that impact results in symptoms, such as during stages of withdrawal and why certain medications are used, as a result. It’s worth noting that very commonly, teens will claim to be knowledgeable and aware about the effects of addiction but are actually not. Their knowledge base is some combination of rumor and experience, passed along by peers and reinforced by the media and/or their own fears. For instance, one extremely important and commonly unknown fact is how much more vulnerable teens’ brains are to addiction because they are still developing. Therefore, the teens don’t understand that they are risking serious long-term and permanent effects because of this.
It’s worth noting that while we are committed to educating teens about the physical nature of addiction, our strategy is never to motivate by fear, either in this specific context or any other. While many teen treatment centers rely on fear-based tactics in order to get results, our goal is to support and motivate teens to make authentic changes that are informed, meaningful and therefore, much more sustainable. During our Teen Medical Aspects of Addiction and Recovery program, we provide information to teens and families, answer questions, and help add yet another layer of knowledge and support to positive encourage teens’ treatment goals, while here at Paradigm.