When is it Time For Behavioral Health Treatment Centers for Adolescents?
Teens suffering the consequences of their problem behaviors are often open to receiving help. No one enjoys being in constant trouble at school, at home, or with the law. Generally, the sooner that the behavioral issues are identified and treated, the better the treatment outcome and the more contained the fallout from them. For example, the teen may be experimenting with drugs and alcohol, something with potentially severe consequences if left untreated.
Parents who are at their wits end after trying in vain to help their at-risk son or daughter with problem behaviors, with or without professional help, may need to consider a more intensive treatment approach to the problem. A residential treatment center provides the teen with an opportunity to escape the situations or people who trigger the maladaptive behavior long enough to learn new, healthy responses to the stressors. If a mental health disorder is diagnosed, a residential program can help stabilize the condition and, through various therapies, teach the teen how to manage the symptoms.
Residential Behavioral Treatment for Teens
A teen with a serious behavioral or emotional disorder will benefit from the more focused treatment intervention and support found at a residential program tailored for adolescents. Many of these programs offer academic tutors and liaisons that help keep the teen engaged in their classwork while in treatment. Also, a residential treatment program designed for teens will adapt the therapeutic activities to this age group, making it more relatable to them.
While the teen is at the treatment center they will engage in various behavioral therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), solutions focused therapy, and mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy to help them replace maladaptive behavioral responses to stressors with healthy, constructive responses. With these tools, the teen will learn how to better navigate sources of frustration, anger, or stress moving forward.
Teen Treatment Programs
When a teen experiences a sudden psychiatric or drug-related crisis that can bring about significant impairment in function, or even be life-threatening, acute stabilization services are required. Acute stabilization involves integrated medical and psychiatric interventions provided in a medical environment on a short-term basis that are adjusted to the level of the specific emergency—mild, moderate, or severe.
Primary Mental Health
When a teen is struggling with a mental health condition it can profoundly impact all aspects of their lives. Getting professional treatment for an adolescent experiencing mood disorders or psychiatric distress is imperative in order to restore healthy functioning. Residential treatment allows the time and space for real change to occur within a safe and supportive treatment environment.
When a teen struggles with both a substance use disorder (SUD) and a co-occurring mental health disorder it is termed Dual Diagnosis. Both disorders must be treated in a coordinated manner for a successful recovery outcome. A skilled psychotherapist can guide the teen towards exploring underlying emotional pain to help understand the contributing factors toward both the SUD and the accompanying depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or other mental health disorders. Only by examining the whole psychological picture can an effective, individualized treatment plan be developed.
On-Site Academic Support
While seeking treatment is the top priority, it is also important that an extended absence from school does not negatively impact the teen’s academic progress. During the residential treatment period, the adolescent will continue to engage in their studies with the assistance of the BNI case management and treatment team coordinating with the school representatives and parents. During treatment the student may require additional assistance with their schoolwork. To aid with this, BNI Treatment Centers provides on-site tutors as well as computer stations for the teen’s school use while in treatment.
Getting Your Teen Treatment
BNI Treatment Centers for Teens is a comprehensive residential behavioral health treatment program for ages 12-17. BNI is dedicated to empowering teens who are struggling in various facets of their lives due to their specific conditions or issues. The treatment team develops individualize treatment plans to overcome these challenges to get their lives back on a positive trajectory.
The compassionate clinical team at BNI recognizes the unique struggles associated with the teen years that may culminate in social problems, high-risk behaviors, substance abuse, mood disorders such as anxiety or depression, or legal problems. The BNI clinical treatment team works with the teens using the treatment modality that is best suited to treat their unique condition or issues.
The inpatient program at BNI encompasses all treatment elements, including individual and group therapy, family therapy, nutrition, and experiential therapies. BNI utilizes evidence-based approaches, those treatment modalities that have been scientifically tested and proven to be effective, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based therapy (MBCT), psychodynamic therapy, and solution focused brief therapy (SFBT).
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Arastou Aminzadeh, M.D.
Dr. Arastou Aminzadeh or Dr. A as most teens refer to him, has been working in variety of clinical settings for the last 20 years. He is well respected nationally for his expertise in Addiction medicine and treating adolescents. Dr. A is a triple board certified physician in psychiatry, Child and Adolescent psychiatry and Addiction medicine.
Oliver Ahmadpour, M.D.
Dr. Oliver Ahmadpour is an adult and child psychiatrist with nearly four decades of experience in the field of medicine with an M.D. degree from Sweden, where he practiced as an Internal Medicine physician. In the U.S. he completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Endocrinology at UCSD, and his Residency and Fellowship in Adult, Child, and adolescent Psychiatry at USC Keck School of Medicine.
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BNI Treatment Centers for Teens is located in Southern California. The BNI residential facilities are top of the line, luxury accommodations set in a safe, secure, and private location. Your teen will be cared for with the highest standard of care, including meals, amenities, and an expert staff and nursing that is available 24/7.