At Paradigm San Francisco, we understand that teen treatment is an entire family experience and often very demanding, for everyone involved. The process of beginning a residential teen treatment program can be especially difficult and daunting in instances of teen chronic relapse, in which teens have returned to substance abuse multiple times, following attempts at sobriety. In cases of teen chronic relapse, teens may have even achieved sobriety for a considerable amount of time and furthermore, might be very knowledgeable about their addiction and its risks, but despite this, returned to using once again. At Paradigm San Francisco, we offer teen chronic relapse treatment for teens who have chronically relapsed, which includes support services for parents and family members as well.
Teen Chronic Relapse Symptoms
One of the biggest challenges for teens and families of chronic relapse is the discouragement that comes and the lack of hope that recovery and a better life is possible. Furthermore, it can be difficult to discern exactly what will help the teens to achieve lasting results in treatment, since they’ve already successfully gone through the motions in the past, and yet, continued to return to substance abuse behaviors. In these cases, it can be very difficult for parents and loved ones to know how or what to communicate to teens, since teens technically have all the “right answers” and information and yet, nonetheless have not been able to sustain sobriety.
It’s important to recognize that teens’ inability to remain sober is often as frustrating and discouraging to teens as to their loved ones. These experiences can cause teens to form negative, pessimistic attitudes about what treatment and recovery are “really like,” since none of the numerous attempts have worked on them. This can cause teens to treat new attempts of treatment and therapy as a sort of game, in which they are very practiced at playing a particular role, in order to manipulate and gain the results they want. From previous experience, they know the right things to say, how to behave, and even how to dramatize their symptoms, in order to get what they want, which is ultimately, to go home. Along the way, these behaviors might also include teens breaking the rules, negatively influencing peers, and/or causing problems with staff. The sad truth is underneath these problematic behaviors, the teens are suffering not only from their substance abuse but also from their lack of hope that their lives will ever improve. Unfortunately, this not only causes difficulty for the staff and treatment providers, but also results in even more stress and strain on parents and family members, as well as the other peers whom the teens are in treatment with.
Paradigm San Francisco Teen Chronic Relapse Treatment
In cases of teen chronic relapse, it’s extremely important for teens to find a treatment facility and therapeutic team that is experienced in this realm and thus, can successfully outmaneuver teens’ best efforts at refusing treatment. At Paradigm San Francisco, we have years of experience providing residential teen chronic relapse treatment, which has allowed us to learn valuable tools, attitudes, and strategies, that help us to be successful in these cases. First of all, our thorough diagnostic process allows us to recognize teens’ vulnerability to relapse, before they ever even arrive at the house. With this information, we can then build the teen’s individual teen chronic relapse treatment plan with this in mind, and incorporate strategies and protective measures that will uniquely help teens to engage in the process. It’s this individual treatment plan process that not only allows us to tailor treatment to the teen’s unique needs and experiences, but also to continue adjusting and evolving, throughout the treatment time, in order to ensure teens’ success.
Another reason we’re successful in helping teens who’ve experienced teen chronic relapse is because our treatment center is not designed simply to address behaviors, but to address deeper emotional issues and struggles. Because of this, even while teens may be able to “fake” good behaviors, they’ll be challenged in other areas of their lives and in new ways, including their daily individual therapy sessions, their family group therapy sessions, and their numerous therapeutic peer group sessions. Because of the wide selection of therapy we provide, even if teens know how to fake success in one category, they’ll not be able to fake it in all of them. Therefore over time, our team of highly skilled, talented therapists will help teens to engage and finally begin doing the deeper therapeutic work which is necessary for real, lasting recovery.