Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program
Over the past several decades, we’ve seen a momentous increase in rates of substance abuse and addiction. Of course, alcoholism rates have always been relatively high, which is largely due to the fact that alcohol is (a) legally available for purchase and consumption and, therefore, (b) extremely accessible to the masses. Similarly, many of the street drugs behind high rates of drug addiction — e.g. heroin, prescription painkillers, cocaine, etc. — have become easy for budding substance abusers to obtain. So with virtually anybody able to get access to addictive mind-altering substances at a moment’s notice, it should come as no surprise that we’ve been seeing such high rates of addiction.
Unfortunately, we’ve also seen climbing rates of addiction among adolescents, too. To be clear, research has shown that rates of chemical dependence and addiction have plateaued for adolescents only very recently, but the fact remains that there are still exceedingly high numbers of adolescents who find themselves addicted after extended periods of recreational drug use. For this reason, demand has steadily increased for addiction treatment options for youths — including our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program In Fort Worth Texas — so Grace Counseling aims to address this nationwide need with a high-quality, comprehensive program.
Causes Of Adolescent Addiction
As with adults, there are many different causes of and catalysts for addiction; however, the majority of those causes can be broken into three categories: Genetic, environmental, and co-occurring causes.
Genetic causes of adolescent addiction refer to when there’s substance abuse disorder in the adolescent’s family. In other words, this refers to when the adolescent has a family member — especially an immediate family member like a mother or father — who has suffered or is currently suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction. Although there has not been conclusive evidence one way or the other, research has shown some correlation between addiction and genetics, meaning that when one individual in a family unit develops an addiction, it’s substantially more likely that subsequent generations could develop addictions, too. It suggests a genetic predisposition for substance abuse.
If genetic causes of addiction are “nature,” then the environmental causes are the “nurture” part of the equation. Basically, environmental causes refer to the various circumstantial or situational factors that could contribute to substance abuse and the development of an eventual addiction. Whereas genetic factors are much more limited in scope, environmental factors can include things like close proximity or ease of access to mind-altering substances, having substance abusers in one’s social circle, or having been otherwise exposed to substance abuse during a formidable period during adolescence.
Finally, co-occurring causes of adolescent addiction refer to the presence of mental or emotional health disorders and the possible connections that the evidence has drawn between these disorders and addiction. For example, researchers have found that people who suffer from emotional disorders — e.g., depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. — are more likely to develop maladaptive coping strategies such as in attempts to manage their undesired symptoms. Similarly, teens who suffer from emotional disorders could use mind-altering substances as a means of alleviating untreated psycho-emotional pain.
What Is An Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program In Fort Worth Texas?
When determining whether an alcoholism or drug addiction treatment program is right for you, the essential first step is to become educated and knowledgeable about the different programs that are available. Not only does this help with determining program and recovery expectations, it makes it easier to determine which type of program is right for your specific needs.
Most clinical addiction treatment programs fall into one of two categories: Inpatient or outpatient care. With the former, the treatment is residential in nature, meaning that patients are provided with residential accommodations so they can live on-site for the duration of the program. By comparison, outpatient care allows patients to continue living at home while commuting to and from treatment on their designated days. Historically, inpatient care has been cited as the most effective form of treatment with outpatient care considered the least effective. That’s where our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program In Fort Worth Texas comes into the equation. Our program is ideal for adolescents whose use has not attained a level that requires residential treatment or for those returning from residential treatment who need continued treatment and added support as they transition back into their home environment.
Sometimes considered to be the best of both inpatient and outpatient care, an intensive outpatient program is a form of treatment that offers a similar therapeutic intensity as inpatient care while maintaining the flexibility and accessibility of an outpatient program.
Benefits Of Our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program In Fort Worth Texas
It’s important to remember that every individual is unique. Even regarding the way that addiction develops, no two individuals are exactly the same, so it follows that there would potentially be significant differences regarding the recovery needs that an individual could have. The same applies for adolescents who suffer from addiction.
The experiences of modern adolescents are quite different from the experiences of modern adults. With technology often serving as the lens through which adolescents experience day-to-day life, it’s important to be aware of the differences in experience and perspective, incorporating these differences into the program curriculum. Fortunately, the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program In Fort Worth Texas offered by Grace Counseling is uniquely capable of bridging the gap between substance abuse treatment and the unique needs of today’s adolescents.
The adolescent brain is still developing, which is one of the main reasons why substance abuse among youths is such a pressing concern. Since substance abuse can inhibit healthy neurological development, it’s essential to offer a program in which adolescents can learn how to overcome substance abuse disorders and develop effective strategies for maintaining their sobriety in the future. Meanwhile, a major focus of our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program In Fort Worth Texas is on developing communication skills, self-confidence, and a variety of essential life skills that adolescents will need once they reach adulthood.
Get Professional Help At Grace Counseling Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program In Fort Worth Texas
Whether you’re exploring treatment options for yourself or your adolescent, Grace Counseling offers a high-quality, comprehensive Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program In Fort Worth Texas. For more information about our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program In Fort Worth Texas, or for details about one of our other great programs, call Grace Counseling at 800-972-0643 or send us a message today. There’s no time like the present to begin the journey to lasting sobriety and health.