Substance abuse occurs when drugs and/or alcohol are consistently and excessively used for the sole purpose of eliciting mood-altering and mind-altering results. When individuals, including children and adolescents, have a problem with abusing substances, they will continue their use despite the presence of any negative consequences that result from that use. Once someone has developed a dependency on, or an addiction to, a substance, it can be extremely difficult for him or her to stop using without professional intervention. In recent years, the prominence of drug and alcohol abuse has increased, while the average age in which people start using has been steadily decreasing. Now, more than ever, children and adolescents are struggling with drug and/or alcohol abuse problems and, if left untreated, are left facing a grim future.
Resource Treatment Center is a residential placement for children and adolescents between the ages of 11 and 21 who are in need of a safe, secure, and structured setting while addressing behavioral and emotional impairments and deficits. All of our programs are designed to provide intensive mental health treatment for psychiatric, behavioral, and/or chemical dependency concerns in a comfortable and nonthreatening environment that is conducive to healing and recovery. At Resource, we recognize that having a child who has a substance abuse problem can be angering, frightening, and leave you feeling helpless, but we are here to help both you and your child. Our compassionate staff has years of experience helping children learn to gain control of their symptoms and develop the coping skills needed to successfully move forward towards a bright and happy future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
The vast majority of children and adolescents who are struggling with substance abuse concerns use their substance of choice in secret, doing all that they can to keep their parents or other caregivers blind to the situation. Yet, despite attempts to keep their behavior a secret, there are some telltale warning signs that may be present in a child or adolescent who has a problem with drug and/or alcohol abuse. Examples of these warning signs may include:
- Sudden change in friends
- Sudden onset of behavior problems at home and/or school
- Drop in academic performance
- Change in eating and sleeping patterns
- Increased hostility
- Increased irritability
- Noticeable changes in physical appearance
- Emotional distancing
Depending on the type of substance that a person is using, different symptoms will be more prominent than others. If you have noticed any of these behaviors in your child, or if there are other behaviors that are not listed that are causing you concern, then it is imperative that you seek out treatment options for your child.
Why Consider Treatment at Resource
When left untreated, addiction can quickly take over a child or adolescent’s life. Their ability to perform adequately at school will subside, or they may begin a persistent pattern of absences that lead to chronic truancy. Before you know it, your child is facing suspension or possibly even expulsion. Additionally, the longer that children use substances, the more likely they are to begin experimenting with other substances as well, causing further physical and mental health complications. The downward spiral into addiction can happen rapidly, which is why it is imperative that children and adolescents receive the treatment they need as soon as possible.
Residential treatment centers are known to be one of the most effective ways to help children who have developed a substance abuse problem receive the thorough treatment that they need. As soon as they enter into a residential treatment center, they are immediately being taken away from their normal, daily routines that are likely full of triggers that lead to their substance use. In this safe environment, these children no longer have access to their drugs of choice, and are also surrounded by mental health professionals and addiction specialists 24/7 who can help guide them through their cravings through the development of positive, healthy coping skills. With the support of these professionals, as well as through the support of their peers, children in residential treatment centers are given the opportunity to participate in a number of therapeutic interventions, all of which are designed to keep their mind focused solely on healing, recovery, and moving forwards toward a future free from the grips of addiction.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Resource Treatment Center is dedicated to providing structured and therapeutically intensive treatment that offer comprehensive, efficient, and effective programming that is designed to meet the needs of the youth and the families that we serve. At Resource, we focus on providing a safe and comfortable environment while the children and adolescents in our care receive individualized services tailored to meet their specific needs. We strive to deliver programming that allows youth to experience a sense of normalcy while taking part in the treatment process, while also benefiting from a vast array of services that are centered on an evidence-based therapeutic foundation. Maintaining the goal of stabilizing emotional, behavioral, and psychological symptoms, the staff at Resource guides patients through treatment so that they can be successfully reintegrated back into the community.
Types of Treatment Offered at Resource
At Resource Treatment Center, we utilize a number of sound, evidence-based practices that are designed to produce successful treatment outcomes. Upon arrival at Resource, each youth is evaluated using multiple assessment tools, allowing us to appropriately match therapeutic treatment techniques with each patient’s unique needs, risks, and strengths. We offer two separate, distinct residential treatment programs that include our psychiatric residential treatment (PRTF) and our general residential program (RTC). The intake assessment that our patients take part in prior to admission will determine which program is better suited to fully meet the needs of each child. We implement a phase system approach to treatment in which each patient is required to go through four specific phases in order to successfully complete programming. These phases include identification, connection, demonstration, and contribution. Both the PRTF program and the RTC program include the following treatment methods:
Medication management: Every patient who takes part in one of the programs here at Resource will meet with a psychiatrist regularly in order to monitor any medication needs that may exist. Youth in the PRTF program will see a psychiatrist on a weekly basis while those in the RTC program see a psychiatrist on a monthly basis.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are held on a weekly basis and are meant to be a time for each patient to meet one-on-one with a therapist in order to focus on the application and generalization of new skills. These skills can then be implemented in the child’s home and community life. We also offer individual skills-building sessions that focus on six specific proficiencies, including: social, emotional, educational, self-care, health and wellness, and daily living skills.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are held at a minimum of once per day, but children may participate in more groups depending on their specific needs. We have a number of different types of groups that cover a variety of different topics, including mood regulation, anger management, social skills, healthy coping skills, and independent living skills. The main purpose of group therapy is to provide a structured, skills-based program that allows for learning skills to be developed while also promoting specific critical skills in a structured and encouraging setting.
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are held at least every two weeks, but may occur more often if family members are local or request more sessions. During this time, therapists will move the family unit as a whole through the treatment process in order to enhance motivation and establish a collaborative approach. Additionally, every Tuesday night we hold a family night in order to help educate family members about their child’s disorder and treatment process.
School programming: At Resource Treatment Center, all patients attend a fully accredited on-site school for three hours each day. Classes are held in a traditional classroom setting and are led by fully qualified special education teachers. Additional school services are offered, including credit recovery and GED preparation.
In addition to our regular treatment techniques, we also offer a number of experiential programming options, including:
- Daily recreational group therapy
- Student council
- Computer lab
- Girl Scouts (Boy Scouts program will be starting in the near future)
- Spiritual youth group ministry
- Teen outreach program
- Community volunteering opportunities
- Community outings
- Prosocial activities
- Holiday activities
- Special ceremonies in which awards are given to celebrate successes
- NA meetings for youth who are struggling with substance abuse concerns
Other services that are offered as part of our comprehensive programming include:
- 24-hour medical and nursing coverage
- Crisis intervention
- Dental and vision care
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
All discharge planning begins once a child has been admitted into our program. Here at Resource, we place a high priority on effective discharge planning in order to ensure that all continuing care needs are in place before the child leaves our treatment center. We have a set of criteria put in place that determines what warrants a successful discharge. The criteria that a child must meet in order to be considered safe to successfully discharge back into the community include the following:
- Youth has reached a level of stability where residential placement is no longer needed
- Youth displays significantly improved conditions by exhibiting little or no maladaptive behaviors
- Youth is able to articulate plans to manage his or her emotional and/or behavioral responses in regards to various psychosocial stressors
- Youth is better able to manage potential family conflict
- The family of the youth has demonstrated a commitment towards successful reunification based on their level of participation in their child’s treatment
- There are reasonable expectations that the youth will be compliant with family rules and expectations, as well as remain free from legal involvement
- Youth has articulated plans to manage independent living skills, such as employment, school, etc.
- Youth has taken an active part in his or her discharge planning and can reasonably be expected to follow through on all aspects of that discharge plan
- Youth demonstrates the ability to maintain a lower risk of participating in unsafe behaviors that present them as a risk to the community