When an individual has unhealthy or dangerous drinking habits, such as drinking too much at a time or drinking every day, it may indicate that he or she has an alcohol abuse problem. Those who have an alcohol abuse problem will continue to drink despite all the problems that are going on in their lives. In some instances those who abuse alcohol will drink as a means of coping with daily problems or avoid certain feelings. While those who abuse alcohol are able to set some limits on their drinking, their alcohol use is still self-destructive and dangerous to not only themselves, but those around them.
At Resource Treatment Center, we provide mental health services to children and adolescents, ages 11 to 21, who are in need of a structured and secure setting while addressing emotional and behavioral impairments. Trying to overcome an alcohol abuse problem or addiction can be a long and bumpy road and at times it may feel totally impossible. If you are ready to stop drinking and take back control of your life the staff at Resource is here to help.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have discovered that your child is drinking, it can generate a number of different emotions including confusion, anger, and fear. However, no matter how angry you may be, it is important to remain calm when confronting your child. When you speak with your child, explain your concerns and ensure that your child feels you are doing this out of love and care for them. Here are some additional steps you can take:
- Lay down clear rules and consequences
- Monitor your child’s activity
- Encourage other interests and social activities
- Talk to your child about underlying issues
- Get help from a professional
Why Consider Treatment at Resource
When not properly treated or managed, alcohol abuse can ruin relationships, cause you to miss work or school, and even lead to problems with the law. If alcohol abuse continues, it can eventually lead to alcohol dependence which means you have become physically and mentally dependent upon it. Long-term alcohol abuse can cause the development of serious health complications, which can affect every organ in a person’s body.
Since many individuals who abuse alcohol do not believe they have a problem, it is unlikely that they will stop drinking if professional help is not sought. For this reason, residential treatment programs tend to be the most beneficial place for your child because they are provided with around-the-clock supervision as well as a variety of treatment methods designed to help them kick their problem drinking.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Resource Treatment Center provides structured and therapeutically intensive treatment programs that provide comprehensive, efficient, and effective programming that meets the needs of the youth and families we serve. Here at Resource, we focus on providing a structured environment while also allowing for individualized services for all youth in our care. Additionally, our programs allow youth to experience a sense of normalcy in the programming process while also benefiting from an array of services that have a therapeutic foundation.
Types of Treatment Offered at Resource
Here at Resource, we utilize a number of different evidence-based practices in order to produce successful treatment outcomes. Upon arrival, each youth is assessed using multiple assessment tools, allowing us to match treatment techniques to each patient’s unique strengths, needs, and risks. At Resource, we offer two separate residential treatment programs which include our psychiatric residential treatment (PRTF) and our general residential program (RTC). The intake assessment will determine which program is the best fit for your child. We use a phase system approach to treatment in which each youth is required to go through four different phases, including identification, connection, demonstration, and contribution. Both programs include the following treatment methods:
Medication management: Each child in our residential treatment program sees a psychiatrist on a regular basis for any medication needs. While medication is not used to treat alcohol abuse it may be used to treat the symptoms of another disorder that may be present. Children in the PRTF program see the psychiatrist on a weekly basis while those in the RTC program see the psychiatrist on a monthly basis.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are held on a weekly basis and focus on application and generalization of new skills. These skills can then be implemented into the home and community. We also have individual skill-building sessions that focus on six specific proficiencies, including: social, emotional, education, self-care, health and wellness, and daily living skills.
Group therapy: Group sessions are held at least once a day, but your child may participate in more groups depending upon his or her particular needs. We have a number of different types of groups that cover a number of different topics, including anger management, healthy coping skills, social skills, and independent living skills. Group therapy provides structured skill-based programming that allows for learning skills to be developed and promotes specific critical skills in a structured manner.
Family therapy: Family therapy is held at least every two weeks in which we use practices based on multi-systems therapy. During this time, our therapists will move the entire family through a process to enhance motivation and establish a collaborative approach. Additionally, every Tuesday night we hold family night in order to help educate family members about their child’s disorder and treatment process.
School programming: We offer our patients a fully accredited on-site school, held in a traditional classroom setting for 3 hours each day. School services include 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
- Girl Scouts (Boy Scouts program will be starting in the near future)
- Volunteering in the community
- NA meetings for those struggling with substance abuse concerns
- Community outings
- Youth group ministry
- Teen outreach program
- Pro-social activities
- Computer lab
- Student council
- Holiday activities
- Special ceremonies in which awards are given to celebrate successes
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 to 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 criteria put in place to warrant a successful discharge. The criteria that a child must meet in order to be considered safe to successfully discharge include the following:
- Youth has reached a level of stability where this level of 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