Therapeutic Programs For Teens Struggling With Substance Abuse
How Does Trails Carolina Help With Teen Substance Abuse?
Trails Carolina is a groundbreaking treatment facility for teenagers who have begun to experiment with substances such as alcohol which may develop into substance abuse problems. We have developed methods and various therapeutic approaches to address substance use and abuse before it gets out of hand. Substance abuse has become a serious issue among teenagers in recent years. Preventing your child’s substance experimentation from progressing into full blown abuse may be a necessary step. Trails Carolina can help.
Trails Carolina creates a safe and healthy environment. We harness the power of wilderness therapy to help teens overcome substance abuse and equip them with lifelong coping tools. We also focus on our seven steps Trails Phases Program. This program helps teens gradually work through their substance and emotional issues in a preventative and helpful way.
Trails Carolina focuses on academics and skill-building workshops to help teens with the challenges of substance abuse recovery. Our programs focus on real-life scenarios and coping mechanisms for a successful life upon reentering the world.
Table of Contents
- What are the Causes of Teenage Substance Abuse?
- How Does Therapeutic Programming at Trails Carolina help?
- Treatments for Teenage Substance Abuse
- How do I know if my teen is abusing substances or experimenting with drugs/alcohol?
- Equine Relational Programming Programming Helps Teens Struggling With Substance Abuse
What are the Causes of Teenage Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse in teenagers has been linked to a number of factors. There are 3 categories of risk factors that cause teens to become addicted to substance abuse: familial, social, and individual. Among those, the most prevalent risk factors include:
- Childhood abuse and neglect
- Parental or familial substance abuse
- Marital status of parents
- Parent-child relationships
- Socioeconomic status
- Physical abuse
- High stress environments
- Emotional abuse
- Bullying in school
- Social pressures
- Peer relationships
- ADHD, depression, mood disorders, and anxiety. Other factors include: boredom and wanting to look cool.
Professionals believe that a combination of serious familial issues, stressful social and academic settings, and individual undiagnosed mental disorders all work together to create an addictive coping mechanism.
Neurobehavioral disinhibition, comprised of indicators of executive cognitive functioning, emotional regulation, and behavioral control can also be causes of substance abuse formation. A mixture of repressed neural emotions, as well as negative coping mechanisms greatly lead to teenagers developing a substance abuse addiction.
How Does Therapeutic Programming at Trails Carolina help?
Trails Carolina, one of the nation’s leading wilderness therapy programs, provides therapeutic solutions for substance abuse. 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:
- A wilderness therapy setting enhances the benefits of therapeutic programming.
- Practicing and applying lessons gained during the wilderness therapy experience promotes lasting change for teens struggling with substance abuse
- 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 real 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.
Treatments for Teenage Substance Abuse
At Trails Carolina, we treat teenagers dealing with substance abuse in a holistic and safe environment. We embrace the concept of family learning, life-skills, academics, and productivity.
We employ the power of wilderness therapy. A teen is taken out of their negative environment and placed in the wilderness, away from the temptation of substance abuse, to learn survival and life skills such as responsibility, respect, accountability, and teamwork.
Trails Carolina also offers individual therapies such as cognitive behavior therapy and family therapy to help teens work through their issues. By placing the negative behaviors in a safe environment, teenagers can be effectively taught positive coping mechanisms. Teens can harness these life skills to achieve a successful and sober routine.
We also work with the Seven Steps Phases Program. This approach offers answers to the following reasons your teenager starting abusing a substance: the call to adventure, crossing the threshold, challenges and choices, revelation, transformation, and mastering.
How do I know if my teen is abusing substances or experimenting with drugs/alcohol?
Symptoms of substance abuse include:
- Risky behaviors
- Sexual activity
- Poor academic performance
- Changes in behavior
- Changes in mannerisms
- Frequent change in friends
- Withdrawal from family, activities, and routines
- Lying to family
- Violate parental rules such as curfew
- Impaired judgment
- Slurring of speech/poor verbal expression
- Incoherent speech
- Skipping school
Equine Relational Programming Programming Helps Teens Struggling With Substance Abuse
At Trails Carolina, our equine relational programming program is based in a relationship and neurological approach. Students have the opportunity to experience being in a connected, attuned relationship with a horse. They learn the principles of pressure and release, to request change, within a safe relationship. This causes the horse or student to create connections in their own brain that will help them to remain calm and think, in stressful situations.
Students learn that when things within their relationship get difficult the first thing to do is to regulate themselves and/or help others regulate. They learn think and respond instead of reacting emotionally. This will strengthen our relationships rather than damage them. A healthy relationship is always the goal of this programming.
Trails Equine Unmounted Program is unique in that all our horses either come from a rescue, have little or no training or are here due to emotional behavioral issues. Like our students, our horses live at Trails. They are at Trails until they are able to have good relationships with people and can stay calm and think in stressful situations. They then go on for advanced training, up for adoption or return to their owner. The relatability of the horses to the students is very powerful. They see the changes in the horses due to the relationship work they are doing with them. All the principals we use with our horses are easily transferred to relationship with self and others.
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