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Residential treatment centers are teenage recovery facilities that offer an immersive healing environment aimed at helping young people work through mental health and behavioral issues. They offer a safe and structured atmosphere that fosters progression and growth through a combination of individual and group therapy, academic studies, and recreational activities. When faced with the myriad options available, selecting a residential treatment center can quickly become overwhelming. Below are several considerations that can help to narrow down your options and ensure you choose a residential treatment program for your teen that directly aligns with his or her nuanced needs:

    • What is the duration of the program: The duration of a treatment program can range from fourteen days to three months, or longer. How long would the ideal treatment program last for your teen?
  • What is the level of licensure clinical staff members, group leaders, and residential staff members hold? Find out the accreditation of the facility itself as well as the clinical staff. 
  • Does family play a role in treatment? If so, what? Depending on your preference, this answer can help you decide if the program offers too much family inclusion, not enough, or an amount that feels comfortable to you. 
  • What is the current peer group culture like among the participants? Listen for the description of the quality of peer leadership, social backgrounds, emotional maturity, age range, severity of symptoms and overall functioning, and level and quality of peer engagement.
  • What kind of monitoring and interventions are there for teenagers resistant to treatment or certain aspects of the program? Offer specific examples of behaviors (e.g., cutting, unwilling to get sober, not wanting to get out of bed, etc.).
  • Cost: Some residential treatment centers take insurance as a form of payment while others do not. Make sure to know the cost of the program and any out-of-pocket financial responsibilities that which you or your teen may be liable. 

The support, education, coping mechanisms, life skills, and more that a teenager will likely glean from attending a residential treatment program will provide a solid foundation along with the greatest chance for a successful, long-term recovery outcome.

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Every family in need of mental health treatment must select a program that will best suit the needs of their family. When one member of a family struggles, it impacts everyone in the family unit. To maximize the benefits of treatment we work closely with the entire family to ensure that everyone is receiving the support they need through these difficult times. Seeking help is never easy, but you are not alone! If you or someone you know needs mental health treatment, we strongly encourage you to reach out for help as quickly as possible. It is not uncommon for many mental health difficulties to impact a person’s life, long term. Pursuing support at the beginning of one’s journey can put the individual in the best position to learn how to manage themselves in a healthy way so they can go on to live happy and fulfilling lives.


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