Substance Abuse Programs For Teens And Adults: What’s The Difference?

Here at The River Source, we offer holistic treatment programs for both teens and adults. What many people don’t realize is that these programs are very different from each other. Adult treatment programs are typically not effective with teens. Adolescents require an individualized treatment program that focuses on providing structure and support to the family unit. Education and healthy coping mechanisms are also fundamental parts of teen substance abuse programs.

Let’s explore some of the ways that treatment programs are different for teens and adults.

Substance Abuse Program Differences For Teens & Adults-RiverSource

Differences Between Teen And Adult Substance Abuse Programs

Brain And Body Development

Teens are going through a period of development in both the body and the brain. Many topics covered in adult rehab would be too difficult for a teen to understand simply because they are not capable. Teen rehab programs recognize that the brain is still developing and present information in an age-appropriate manner.

Family Involvement

Family involvement is a key part of any substance abuse program, but it’s particularly important for teens. Adolescents are unable to live on their own, so they must return home to a supportive network of friends and family. If this support isn’t there, a successful recovery becomes challenging. This is why teen rehabilitation programs place a strong emphasis on strengthening the family unit.

Relationships With Adults

Many adolescents with drug and alcohol problems have had negative experiences with adult figures in their lives. This makes it difficult to trust adults. Teen substance abuse programs provide one-on-one time with caring, compassionate counselors that focus on earning trust and building rapports.

Collaborative Healing

While a multifaceted approach is important for adults in recovery, it’s even more important for teens. Not only do adolescents have to focus on the psychological and physical aspects of addiction, but also they need to consider the academic, social and recreational aspects. Issues like self-esteem, peer pressure, eating disorders, self-harm and other psychological problems are discussed in teen therapy.

Youth Treatment Program – Perfect For Male Teens

If your teen is struggling with a drug or alcohol problem, it’s important to get them the individualized care they need. A teen-specific program is ideal and will provide your teen with the support, understanding and resources needed to be successful in recovery.

The River Source has a separate youth treatment program for adolescent males, ages 13-17. Our program aligns with our philosophy in drug and alcohol addiction and includes safe detox, holistic care, education, family enrichment and an introduction to the 12 steps.

To learn more about our teen- and family-centered treatment program, call The River Source today. Our caring and professional staff will be with you every step of the way.