Alcohol/drug abuse and addiction are prevalent in all age groups, but adolescents are especially vulnerable to these diseases. That is why we offer treatment programs specially designed for the specific challenges and needs of adolescents and their families. We recognize that the success of an adolescent’s treatment depends on understanding the emotional, behavioral, environmental, and family aspects of the adolescent’s life.
This program is for those 13-18 years old. We evaluate individuals 18 years of age to determine whether they are more suited for adolescent or adult programming.
Trauma Informed Care
The LCADA Way utilizes a trauma informed care approach. All clinical staff have been trained in understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of trauma and how this is a contributing factor to ongoing substance abuse. The agency utilizes evidenced based curriculum, specific to males and females.
Because adolescent brains are not fully developed, they are at greater risk of developing a substance problem and at an accelerated pace than an adult who tries a substance for the first time. They also have more peer influences and/or the perceived need to be accepted by a particular group which often leads, not only to initial substance use, but experimenting with more dangerous substances.
Often, the adolescent customer has someone living in the home who is in active addiction, and there is not an option (as with the adult customer) of just moving out and into sober housing.
Another challenge is that adolescents often do not have the same serious consequences of their substance use as compared to adults, so most do not see a need to stop their destructive patterns of using.
The biggest challenge today is the legalization of medical and recreational use of marijuana. This leads customers (both adolescent and adults) to believe that marijuana use is not harmful.