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Teen Recovery and the Value of Support

Teen Recovery and Adolescent Addiction - the Bergand Group

The journey past addiction within teen recovery is a long one and requires varying methods and support systems in order to reach success.  “Traditional” therapy isn’t enough, in many cases, and the adolescent is usually best aided while working through rehab if he or she has family, friends, and others to be supportive presences.  In addition, professionals and patients alike need to be willing to explore different options to see what works best for that individual and need to keep in mind that other experiences or pre-existing conditions may also play a role in adolescent addiction.

Change Comes from Mixed Measures in Teen Recovery

Working toward general and especially teen recovery requires patience and the understanding that there are no easy answers or solutions within adolescent addiction treatment.  “In today’s society, we are constantly being inundated with quick fixes… Teens come to rely on external solutions to cope with internal issues, but… there are holistic ways… along with the clinical options.”  In many cases, the ‘answer’ is to work in a mix of both to form a more well-rounded approach to a healthier lifestyle.  Using strategies to discover potential root causes is a good foundation on which to build ongoing work through rehabilitation.

Many people going through treatment, especially those of a younger demographic, believe that a pill alone will provide a complete turnaround.  Though medication can be immensely helpful in teen recovery, it’s by far a singular solution and should instead be taken alongside counseling or any number from a range of programs.  This is in addition to lifestyle efforts made by the patient, such as diet or exercise, meditation, etc.  Working both with other people and within themselves offers young people a chance to feel more empowered, as so much of treatment is a result of their individual efforts.  Knowing that they have the strength within their own lives, even if it’s as simple as acknowledging that they need help along the way, can make all the difference in instances of adolescent addiction.

Of course, their surroundings, meaning people in their lives, often have high levels of impact on teen recovery, or lack thereof, if the situation is very negative.  This is where offerings such as family therapy, in which all members of the unit can communicate more clearly and with guidance, plays a crucial role in moving forward from adolescent addiction.  Even if the family or people in the patient’s environment aren’t negative influences, it helps to have everyone together in a session to show the young person the effect that his or her actions have on other people.  The most successful rehabilitation experiences for teens and their families include all members for a really comprehensive, educational, and all-encompassing direction.

Perhaps one of the most important concepts in any rehabilitation, but especially within younger, teen recovery, is that there needs to be groundwork laid for when he or she begins to work his or her way back into “the real world.”  Particularly if the teen was separated from their previous and unhealthy routines before treatment began, the potential for an easy transition from rehabilitation to an adjusted lifestyle needs to be made possible.  Without it, it’s difficult to impossible for someone who has really just begun working through therapy to follow along with what they have learned and embrace sobriety.  Before trying to reestablish themselves in the world, these young people need a structure of a new lifestyle to help keep them grounded and on the right path so they can find solid sobriety after adolescent addiction.

If you or your child is in need of a better kind of teen recovery program, or for more information, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

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At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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