When teens struggle with drug or alcohol abuse, it’s rarely a standalone issue. More commonly, substance abuse goes along with behavioural problems like anger, lying, poor academic performance or violence. Treating substance abuse alone is not recommended for a lasting recovery. Instead, a holistic approach can be a more efficient way to help teens and their families.
Drug and alcohol treatment often includes individual counselling. This approach gives teens a chance to open up and speak about their substance abuse without fear of judgment. Private counselling is also an opportunity to target those underlying issues that go well beyond substance abuse. Some teens may struggle with mental health issues that are undiagnosed or untreated. Also, others may be hiding a traumatic experience that deserves treatment and resolution. Most noteworthy, the loss of a loved one, a family divorce or low self-esteem can all be detrimental issues, but counselling can increase chances of a lasting recovery.
Teens need unique help, but they also need to learn how to integrate back into their families. Consistent values and active communication between family members are both essential. Family therapy can strengthen relationships and communication with their loved ones. Likewise, parents maintain their authority in the family, but they will also be appreciated and seen for their love and support throughout treatment.
Life Skills Coaching
Many teens lack the life skills they need to progress through life. Tackling substance abuse takes confidence, and life skills coaching can provide young adults with the necessary tools and resources. Even more, learning to do ordinary tasks is a form of discipline, but it also boosts maturity and independence.
A holistic approach to recovery means that not all forms of treatment are clinical. Sometimes, teens can make the most progress when they are focused on other things. The experiential therapy combines therapy with a physical activity such as jogging or soccer. At the same time, stationary activity is another option for teens, For example, stationary activities give teens a chance to talk and express themselves while learning to cook. As the hands are busy, the heart and mind open up and receptive to therapy or counselling.
Venture Academy’s Holistic Approach to Recovery
At Venture Academy, our program philosophy is about comprehensive, holistic recovery. Sobriety is key, but so is health, happiness and a strong family unit. A holistic strategy for teens must acknowledge that every individual patient is unique. We understand that each treatment is unique. For example, a 15-year-old boy from Alberta who needs treatment might differ from the treatment for a 17-year-old girl from Ontario. With that in mind, a 30-day assessment and intervention, along with an individual treatment plan are necessary for teens.
To achieve these goals, treatment methods may include:
- Family support
- Clinical therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Fitness and sporting activities
- Structure and accountability
A holistic approach ensures that teens get support from every angle. At Venture Academy’s three Canadian locations, you can find help and resources for your family. For a lasting recovery, Call (855) 281-5813 and learn more about the benefits of a holistic approach to behaviour treatment for teens.