Adolescent Outpatient Program
THE CLEAR RECOVERY CENTER ADOLESCENT OUTPATIENT PROGRAM IS TAILORED FOR INDIVIDUALS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 13 TO 17.
The goal of our Adolescent Outpatient Program is to provide cost effective treatment and prevention in a community focused setting. We believe that addiction derails individuals from their passions and goals. At Clear Recovery Center, we focus on working with adolescents and their families to get them back involved in the stream of life with an emphasis on addiction education, relapse prevention, academic goals and a healthy lifestyle.
Clear Recovery Center’s Adolescent Outpatient program places importance on issues affecting adolescents today including:
Clear Recovery Center’s Adolescent Outpatient Program treats trauma by providing therapeutic and emotional support to our clients as they work through past-unresolved traumatic experiences. Our therapeutic approach focuses on the traumatic event affecting an individual with the intention of providing a safe space for our clients to learn about the nature of their trauma while taking responsibility for their recovery.
While working with trauma, therapists focus on helping clients work through their traumatic experiences as they stabilize emotionally and process-frightening memories. This process helps clients reconnect to their emotions as an individual may sometimes feel numb or disconnected as a result of traumatic experiences.
Because emotional and psychological trauma can shatter someone’s sense of security and leave a person feeling helpless and vulnerable, our therapists work on building trust and safety within the therapeutic relationship. Clients are guided and supported by professionals as they develop self-help strategies and provided with an empathetic structure to work through painful and scary experiences.
Life isn’t always enjoyable or easy especially during the unsettling teenage years. There are many normal emotional, physical, psychological and social changes accompanying the adolescent stage of life. Clinical Depression however, is caused by a chemical imbalance and can leave teens with feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, emptiness and numbness.
It is different from a normal everyday sadness in that it can overwhelm an individual’s day-to-day life and interfere with the ability to work, study, eat, sleep and even have fun. Depression can be a major contributor to addiction because when things go wrong at school or at home, teens often overreact and reach for drugs and alcohol as a way for them to cope and reduce suffering.
At Clear Recovery Center’s Adolescent Outpatient Program, we help clients overcome depression in a healthy way, through talk therapy, group support, individual counseling and psychiatric support. We involve the family and teach loved ones how to actively involve themselves in our client’s recovery, focusing on open and honest communication between parents and children.
Anxiety is the body’s natural response to danger, an automatic alarm that goes off when feeling threatened, under pressure, or facing a stressful situation. A little bit of anxiety is a normal part of life and everyone experiences it from time to time in the face of new or uncomfortable situations. The persistence of that worry and fear even throughout normal everyday living however, is the mark of an anxiety disorder. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, one of the most common anxiety disorders is fortunately, very treatable.
At Clear Recovery Center’s Adolescent Outpatient Program, we help clients deal with anxiety disorders through proven methods like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy helps clients examine distortions in the way that they look at the world and contribute to their anxieties through unhealthy thinking and behaviors. Our therapists help clients identify automatic negative thoughts, anxiety triggers, and learn to distinguish between helpful and unhelpful worry. Clients are also taught tools to deal with their anxiety such as breathing techniques and progressive muscle relaxation, in a safe and supportive environment.
We help clients to break the cycle of avoiding their problems and instead learn to tackle them head on. Time management and problem solving skills are also focused on, empowering our clients to not only deal with their anxiety, but learn better coping mechanisms in the face of their addiction.
When an individual is dealing with a substance abuse issue and a mental health problem simultaneously, it is known as a Co-Occuring disorder. Some common Co-Occurring disorders are bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and certain personality disorders. Addiction on its own is a difficult challenge, but the symptoms of a mental health problem can often compound the issues that present themselves alongside addiction and make it difficult for individuals in early recovery to function and recover.
At Clear Recovery Center’s Adolescent Outpatient Program we recognize the unique difficulties that come alongside a dual diagnosis and utilize an integrated approach to address both issues. We recognize that the two issues have to be addressed from a holistic approach in order for recovery to take place from either.
Clients are given therapeutic and psychiatric support tailored for their specific mental health struggles in a safe, supportive setting while also addressing their chemical dependency. By treating the problems as a whole, clients are given an opportunity to recover without being held back by untreated issues.
Video game addiction is real. People of all ages can find themselves drawn into the “gaming world”, but for teens and young adults, the evidence of video game addiction is increasing and the consequences can be severe.
The U.S. Library of Medicine states that, “gaming addiction is a behavioral problem that is described by a preoccupation with gaming, the ability of gaming to modify a person’s mood, the development of tolerance, the presence of withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation of gaming, and the development of interpersonal conflict because of gaming.”
Left untreated, compulsive video gaming leads people to stop caring for themselves, eating, sleeping, taking medication, performing school work or even showing up for their job. Studies show that the hypnotic effects of the game and the screen are taking over the minds of adolescents and young adults, rendering them robotic.
If you believe your loved one may be suffering from video game addiction, you may be right, and Clear Recovery Center can help.
It may seem hard to believe that something so commonplace and socially accepted could be twisted into an addiction. Yet because of its ease of accessibility with smart phones and need for constant attention by nature, social media has become a big concern among addiction professionals over the last ten years.
Yet when you define ‘addiction’, it’s easy to spot. Addiction usually refers to compulsive behavior that leads to negative effects. In the case of social media, people feel compelled to do certain activities so often that they become a harmful habit, which then interferes with other important activities such as work or school.
Social media can be a massively distracting and detrimental aspect of someone’s life when used in excess. If you think your loved one may be addicted to social media, Clear Recovery Center can help.
Dealing with the divorce of one’s parents is a challenging and stressful time for everyone involved, and impacts each member of the family differently. Clear Recovery Center provides therapeutic support to families going through the process of divorce as well as helping adolescents that may have unresolved issues as the result of a previous divorce.
During a divorce, feelings of sadness, anger and confusion often arise in children. Our therapists work with children and parents, both together and individually, providing them with tools and helping them process the feelings that come with divorce. Parents will learn how to make the process less painful for their children, and children will have an opportunity to work through their feelings in a supportive, safe environment where they can make sense of what’s happing within their family dynamic.
While working with children, therapists will help navigate the traumatic, chaotic, and contradictory emotions that commonly arise. During this time we help clients pass through the stages of acceptance and then focusing on the future to move on and heal. Parental conflict before, during and after a divorce can also have harmful effects on children, so our therapists focus on teaching parents how to minimize this conflict. Additionally, our therapists are conscious of the emotional and behavioral reactions children experience in the months following a divorce.
Without the appropriate tools, children may display anxious and depressive symptoms, appear more irritable, become demanding and noncompliant, and experience problems in social relationships and school performance. This can lead to them reaching for drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism to numb the feelings of anger, hurt and loss. Our supportive, compassionate and empathetic team provides a safe environment where clients learn to navigate through this experience.
Entitlement Issues are very common in teenagers, especially those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Often, teens believe that their every want needs to be met by parents and the world around them. At Clear Recovery Center’s Adolescent Outpatient program we work with families and children to address this problem. Our therapists work with teens to help them learn healthy management of their emotions and to differentiate between realistic expectations and desires that do not necessarily need to be met.
We focus on building trusting, therapeutic relationships with clients while teaching about compromise and empowering teens with tools to help them control their desires in a healthy way. Our therapists also work with parents on developing useful techniques to prevent enabling and over-permissive attitudes that can contribute to the entitled mentality.
At Clear Recovery Center’s Adolescent Outpatient Program we recognize how pivotal the role of peer influence is for all teens growing up. Peer pressure plays a critical role in how teens behave, view the world, and make decisions. This can lead to positive motivation in the form of encouragement to excel academically, participate in healthy activities like sports and join in other extracurricular activities.
Peer pressure is also one of the biggest factors in teens engaging in dangerous behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse. Our therapists work with teens to build the self-esteem necessary to be able to say “no” in unhealthy situations, learn how to identify and remove themselves from negative influences and most importantly, help teens get involved in a community of healthy individuals who promote positive life choices. We utilize a community based approach as well as individual counseling to address current Peer Pressure related stresses in teenagers lives and provide a healthy alternative in recovery.
ADD/ADHD are some of the most common co-occurring issues amongst young people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Some of the symptoms include distractibility, poor concentration skills, impulsivity, inability to manage responsibilities and disruptive behavior. Teens that struggle with ADD/ADHD are also more likely to have issues with drugs and alcohol than teens without the conditions. At Clear Recovery Center’s Adolescent Outpatient Program, we treat ADD/ADHD simultaneously along with client’s addiction issues.
Our therapists use a combination of behavioral therapy, counseling, group work and psychiatric support to address the problem while also teaching new skills that allow teens to better manage time and responsibilities and recognize how to take action when it comes to their ADD/ADHD. By addressing ADD/ADHD and providing teens with methods to control the disorder, our therapists enable teens to manage their lives more effectively, decreasing the risk for relapse and setting clients up for success in other areas of their lives.