Although the teen years have always been associated with emotional struggles, this generation of teens faces an astonishing level of stress in their daily lives. Whether brought on by academic stress, learning challenges, mood disorders, social anxiety, neurodiversity struggles, gender identity concerns, or a dual diagnosis, there is help for them at BNI. Conditions treated include:
A sudden psychiatric or substance-related crisis can result in significant impairment or even become a life-threatening event. Acute stabilization services provide the necessary actions to promptly intervene in the teen’s emergency situation. Acute stabilization efforts involve initiating an integrated response that manages both the medical and psychiatric features of the crisis. These short-term services are offered within a medical environment and are based on the level of care needed for the specific emergency. Following acute stabilization, the teen begins treatment in the residential or partial hospitalization program.
Primary Mental Health
An adolescent that begins exhibiting the warning signs associated with a mental health disorder will need comprehensive treatment. Examples of mental health disorders common in this age group include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, and some personality disorders. A tailored mental health treatment plan is then designed to address the specific disorder and its unique features. Treatment elements include evidence-based psychotherapy, family-focused therapy, peer support groups, medication if indicated, holistic therapies, and experiential activities.
Teens that struggle with behavioral issues will benefit from a multi-dimensional treatment program. Common behavior disorders among adolescents include attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiance disorder, and conduct disorder. Finding new ways to navigate these behavior challenges is key to improving all realms of functioning, including at school, among peers, and within the home setting.
Teen treatment for substance abuse or addiction is tailored specifically for the adolescent, understanding that the teen mind responds differently to treatment compared to adults. Therapy focuses on completing a medical detox if needed, followed by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and various other treatment elements. CBT is a short-term therapy that helps the teen to identify dysfunctional thought and behavior patterns that have led to substance abuse.
When both a mental health and substance use disorder coexist it presents a more complex treatment picture. It has been found that treating both disorders together nets superior recovery results. Dual diagnosis treatment involves psychotherapy to examine potential underlying factors, such as traumas, significant life events, or deep emotional wounds. In addition, treatment will include addiction education, group therapy, family therapy, and complementary therapies.
Levels of Care Provided by BNI Treatment Centers
Each teen has his or her own unique recovery and treatment needs. The level of care is determined by the severity or acuity of their mental health condition. BNI offers the following levels of care:
In the event of a psychiatric emergency the teen will require immediate interventions. Through the acute stabilization actions, our trained medical staff can provide the necessary support and monitoring that helps guide the teen to safety, followed by treatment.
The residential program provides the teen with an extended stay within a supportive, structured setting. The residential setting allows the teen to take a break from the situations, people, or places that trigger their symptoms so they can focus on treatment and healing. A comprehensive program offers a multi-modal approach to treatment, designed specifically for adolescents.
It is important that an extended absence from school does not negatively impact the teen’s academic progress. During treatment the student is provided with on-site tutors, as well as computer stations necessary for school purposes while in treatment. By offering academic support, the teen will not fall significantly behind their peers and can return to school with confidence.
The BNI Difference
Behavioral Neuroscience Institute (BNI) Treatment Centers was founded and is operated by two physicians. The doctors have significant expertise in treating adolescents in need of psychiatric support and substance abuse disorder treatment. With a focus on the methods that resonate best with the teen patient, our doctor-led team is able to tap into the adolescent’s needs and preferences. This teen-tailored approach results in a high level of treatment success.
BNI Treatment Centers provide safe and effective mental health and substance abuse treatment for adolescents ages 12-17. BNI is psychiatrist-owned and operated, offering a powerful support for teens and their families as they embark on the recovery journey. Reach out to our admissions team today at (888) 522-1504.
BNI Treatment Centers for Teens is located within private communities of Agoura Hills and Calabasas near Los Angeles in Southern California. For parents and teens that are traveling from out of the local area, we are conveniently near Los Angeles Airport (LAX). Our team can help arrange travel and pick up arrangements from the airport as needed. Clients come from all 50 states and from all over the world.
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