Adolescent Outpatient Rehab Centers

Adolescent outpatient rehab treatment helps adolescents, ages 13-18, to recognize their addiction to alcohol and/or drugs early in hopes to save them from a lifetime of pain and suffering. In the Twelve and Twelve, a guide through the twelve steps, it mentions young people: “As this trend grew, they were joined by young people who were scarcely more than potential alcoholics. They were spared the last ten or fifteen years of literal hell the rest of us had gone through” (23).

Teen drug outpatient rehabs do not differ much from adult outpatient programs, but are more likely to offer special programs. Effective treatment of adolescent with substance abuse and behavioral disorders must be tailored to include every aspect of a young person’s life. Seeing as adolescence is a transitional stage of physical and mental human development, these outpatient programs focus on the emotional, developmental, physical, psychological, familial, social and cultural factors of their lives. Most programs are highly individualized, focusing on all aspects of a teen’s life.

A multi-disciplinary treatment approach has proved to be the most successful. Services provided at highly individualized outpatient services include multi-family therapy, individual therapy, individual case management and counseling, drug testing/ urine analysis, peer support 12-step meetings, peer support 12-step meetings, step study, parent support and education, as well as assessment services. This provides a structured program for sobriety to help transition into a life of recovery as well as adulthood.

Adolescent rehab programs do not always keep statistics due to the dropout rates, length of stay, and success rates. Adolescent drug outpatient statistics, as reported from SAMSAH, recently have shown that about 24% of patients drop pout of treatment before completion, 24% had to quit prior to completion, and just 44% successfully completed treatment. No information was given on whether or not these patients remained in recovery or for how long. Another SAMSAH report showed that in 2009, among the 4.3 million persons aged 12 or older who received treatment for alcohol or illicit drug use in the past year, 2.0 million received treatments at a rehabilitation facility as an outpatient. In 2004, data found that overall, 36% of adolescents in outpatient completed treatment, 12% were transferred to further treatment, 27% dropped out of treatment, 11% had treatment terminated by the facility, and 14% failed to complete treatment for other reasons.

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