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Treatment Programs and Centers For Teens Struggling With ADHD

ADHD Treatment Centers For Teens

How Does Trails Carolina Help Teens with ADHD?

Experiencing ADHD during the teenage years is more difficult than in younger years. Because adolescence focuses on teenagers making more decisions for themselves, teenagers with ADHD can find it harder to learn, execute, and cope with their disorder. 

There are more demands on your time, your schoolwork is probably more difficult and there are higher expectations for you to be independent now that you are a teen. This overwhelming feeling can lead teens with ADHD to get involved with risky behavior and substance abuse problems.

Trails Carolina is an innovative and groundbreaking wilderness therapy program for teenagers with ADHD. Our professionally trained staff will assess your teenager and assign the appropriate methods of therapy. Our therapeutic methods for treating ADHD include: wilderness therapy, evidence-based psychotherapy, clinical theory, individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, equine relational programming, and life-skills.

Trails Carolina also focuses on treating other mood disorders that are commonly diagnosed with ADHD. We focus on building the teenager up as a whole, focusing on mind, body, and soul.

What are the Causes of Teens with ADHD?

There is no exact cause for the development of ADHD. Professionals believe that both genetic and environmental risk factors cause teenagers to develop ADHD. ADHD is influenced by multiple genes, non-inherited factors and their interplay. There have been studies that found ADHD is more prevalent in cases where a parent or sibling has ADHD. ADHD also appears to share an inherited liability with other neurodevelopmental and psychiatric problems, notably developmental coordination problems, reading ability, IQ, conduct and mood problems.

A mixture of hereditary, neurological, and environmental factors cause ADHD in teenagers. Having a biological relative with ADHD, extreme early adversity, pre and postnatal exposure to lead and low birth weight/prematurity have been most consistently found as risk factors.

It has also been found that situations that cause extreme stress exacerbate the symptoms of ADHD. Childhood ADHD isn’€™t as difficult to deal with as adolescent ADHD. Such stressful contributors are: peer pressure, socialization issues, bullying, demanding academic workload, and pressure from making their own decisions. These situations make it more difficult for an individual with ADHD to learn and implement positive coping mechanisms.

How Does Therapeutic Programming at Trails Carolina help?

Trails Carolina, one of the nation”s leading wilderness therapy programs, provides therapeutic solutions for ADHD. Our program, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, utilizes evidence-based clinical programming to help teens discover their happiest, healthiest selves. 

Throughout their time at our program, teens gain important life skills from their experiences on wilderness expeditions and therapeutic sessions with expert clinical staff members. Our therapeutic programming is driven by three beliefs that drive each and every one of our programming decisions:

  1. A wilderness therapy setting enhances the benefits of therapeutic programming.
  2. Practicing and applying lessons gained during the wilderness therapy experience promotes lasting change for teens struggling with ADHD
  3. The family system can benefit greatly from their child’s healing journey at Trails.

Throughout their time with us, students face obstacles and challenges that they must overcome. Overcoming obstacles helps students feel empowered in their ability to work through the personal challenges they are working through. With newfound confidence and motivation to succeed, students find themselves making lasting changes that transition back into the €œreal world€ after they’ve graduated from our program.

At Trails Carolina, our therapeutic programming is designed to meet the individual needs of each student. We combine the powerful healing benefits of wilderness therapy with traditional forms of therapy such as individual therapeutic sessions, group therapy, family therapy, and equine relational programming. Our clinical programming is based on decades of evidence-based research and carried out by Master”s level therapists.

Learn more about the therapeutic offerings at Trails Carolina here.
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Treatments for Teens with ADHD

At Trails Carolina we believe in a holistic treatment approach that is based on trust and relationships. We aim to build strong foundations within our teenagers so they will be able to face whatever happens to them with a positive attitude. 

Our main form of treatment is wilderness therapy. This places teens with ADHD out in nature with no one to answer to but them. We believe, €œif teens act with impulsivity, there isn’€™t anything in nature that can help them except themselves.€ Wilderness therapy embraces skill building, group interaction, and a holistic view of the world. Teens not only learn how to survive in nature, but the skills they learn are also used in the real world. Our program equips teens with positive coping mechanisms that they can use to live a successful life.

Other therapeutic options include traditional therapy. Teens can discover how to understand their emotions, have other mood disorders treated, and also learn to have relationships and connections with other humans and animals.

Symptoms of Teens with ADHD

Symptoms of teens with ADHD include:
Poor academic performance
Poor organization skills
Extreme stress
Peer pressure
Poor social skills
Difficulty establishing and maintaining friendships
High levels of parent-teen conflict
Not thinking before they act
Lack of interest in hobbies/activities
Belligerent or rebellious behavior

Transitioning Success and Progress Back Home

Throughout their time at wilderness therapy, Trails students continuously transition from a wilderness therapy setting to base camp. These transitions help students learn to smoothly transfer newly acquired skills and behavior patterns from one environment to another.

It’s common for other therapeutic programs to get students into a sort of rhythm within a certain setting with specific people. The skills and changes being made in those sorts of stagnant environments can make students completely dependent on staying in one type of setting with their one group of individuals. This can delay growth and progress.

Within our program at Trails, we move students through different situations with different professional staff members in order to challenge their skills, assess, and continually build new ones. This leads to better outcomes.

Our specifically designed programming around transitions works closely with families to develop a plan for after students graduate from Trails. This €œplan for the tomorrow€ helps instill confidence in students and families that they will be able to smoothly transition skills and changes made at Trails back into the real world€.

Learn more about transitions at Trails here.


Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology(SCCAP): The SCCAP’s website provides informational resources for parents seeking therapeutic help for their child. They have an extensive library of videos and content designed to provide information for families interested in treatment for their child. The information on their website can help parents with teens struggling with ADHD better understand how to address that issue and discover the next best steps.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots organization in America focused on spreading awareness and education about mental health issues. This organization works within communities to provide support to families and individuals who struggle with mental illness. By spreading public awareness of mental illness through events and activities, NAMI helps fight stigma and encourage understanding of mental health issues.

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