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Where Are The Best Treatment Programs For Troubled Teens in CA

By June 4, 2014No Comments

Society today forces children to face difficult challenges due to peer pressure, social networking and other trying factors. Visions Centers provide treatment for troubled teens ages 13 to 18 from southern California, big cities like New York City, Chicago and international countries. Since 2002, Visions has concentrated on treatment for drug addiction, substance abuse and troubled adolescents. There are several programs in California but only Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers offer an extensive clinically based treatment for adolescents extending to families.

A Medical Doctor specializing in mental health care and substance abuse treatment for troubled teens executes the initial diagnosis. It is determined if admittance is required in the Adolescent Outpatient Counseling, Adolescent Residential Treatment or Adolescent Day School. The original founding clinicians have stayed on while adding highly skilled health care practitioners for continued growth of the program. Involvement from  a family member or legal guardian is highly recommended for a successful recovery unless complications would arise.

Visions Adolescent Outpatient Counseling treatment for troubled teens has two Los Angeles locations which administer solution-based programs to meet the patient’s goal on an individual, group and family basis. The structured programs build a healthy lifestyle while preserving dignity and individuality.

1st Step Program is generally an introduction to the beginning of the treatment process. It helps integrate families and teens into everyday life after long term treatment. Vision’s staff guide parents through the new lifestyle of their child.

Visions’ Intensive Outpatient is the next step in the continuation of care. Vision’s personnel are devoted to opening communication among the family, address existing psychiatric and/or therapeutic needs and developing a firm foundation of support within the community. Outpatient therapy is 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM with Wednesday for rest. The 12-Step Program is a required treatment for troubled teens.

The following is a list of objectives used by Visions Adolescent Centers making them a great choice in treatment for troubled teens:

  • Identifying Problems and behavior that would prompt relapse.
  • Coping Mechanism for a safe solution to handling obstacles.
  • Problem-Solving strategies that are effective and leave the teen feeing confident that obstacles can be resolved.
  • Control with everyday challenges making the teen feel stronger.
  • Confidence and identifying positive attributes within to achieve a feeling of self-worth.
  • Social Skills are taught by allowing teens to mingle with peers in similar situations and form a social relationship.

Visions Adolescent Residential Treatment for troubled teens takes place on a 25 acre gated community in the hills of Malibu, California. The beauty of nature surrounds a Mediterranean style dwelling with a home-like setting. Sleeping quarters are separate for Male and Female patients with two in each room under supervision of day and evening staff. Crisis intervention is readily available on a 24 hour basis. The average stay ranges from 45 to 90 days depending on the severity of symptoms and psychosocial stressors.

A Program Director supervises all counseling services in the treatment for troubled teens. Psychologists conduct psychological tests on youths upon admission. A Licensed Therapist and Counselor work directly with the child throughout the treatment program. A Registered Dietician provides dietary consultation as needed and plans nutritious meals with appropriate caloric intake. An Equine Therapist uses horses to help in identifying and recognizing feelings that may be difficult through conventional therapy. Art Therapists aid in creating interpretive art to use in the treatment plan.

Other members involved in the treatment for troubled teens when necessary:

  • Psychiatrist
  • Supervising Nurse
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Informed programming

Visions Residential objectives in Mental Health treatment for troubled teens:

  • Encourage and motivate the teen to achieving and sustain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Determine and meet the psychological and psychiatric needs of the teen.
  • Establish a referral network system for services not accomplished by Visions.
  • Involve family members in the rehabilitation process to reduce dysfunction within the family.

Visions Residential goals in Substance Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders treatment for troubled teens:

  • Assist the teen in identifying situations that lead to drug and alcohol use and understanding that drugs and alcohol for coping does not work.
  • Introduce the teen to the 12-step philosophy and encourage participation in Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics, Anonymous, and/or Cocaine Anonymous.
  • Help the teen to recognize and change problematic behaviors that lead to a relapse.
  • Involve family members in the rehabilitation process to reduce dysfunction within the family.

An advantage of treatment for troubled teens at Visions Residential is academics. Each student engages in 3 hours of individualized schooling using a personalized curriculum on weekdays. An Activities Consultant leads the patient in a “tailor-made” physical fitness program 5 times a week for 1 hour with focus on releasing nervous tension.

The residential treatment includes family-focused therapy for a  minimum of 5 hours a week. Multi-Family Group is lead by a Family Therapist addressing issues that affect all families such as communication, conflict handling, and maintaining boundaries. Individual Family Sessions are lead by a Family Therapist providing the child and family members a way to address issues while monitored. Family Education allows the youth and family members to develop an understanding of typical roles played by members of other families. Another feature that makes Visions the best treatment for troubled teens is Family Passes. Behaved children earn privileges to attend outings on Sunday and Monday which include movies, museums, the beach, go-cart racing, community service, ropes courses and rock climbing.

Visions Alumni Program, The Fourth Dimension, is an elective enrollment benefit after discharge from Visions Residential and Visions Outpatient Counseling. Visions Treatment Centers provide long term treatment for troubled teens after discharge. Adolescents are encouraged to attend aftercare and self-help groups twice a week. Individual sessions are available to Alumni on a free for service basis.

Annual Alumni Events:

  • Winter Ski/Snowboard Trip
  • Alumni Family Weekend
  • Alumni vs. Staff Softball Game
  • Knott’s Scary Farm Night
  • Magic Mountain

Visions Alumni Coordinator regularly makes support calls for crisis intervention or relapse prevention. Teens will always have a place of refuge when faced with life hurdles.

Visions Adolescent Day School treatment for troubled teens provides a safe and comfortable environment for students unable to function in a traditional school. The setting contributes to intellectual and emotional growth allowing the child to stay grounded while staying objective when faced with hardship. The program has open enrollment offering remedial to honor level education. School hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with tutoring available after hours.

Other program highlights are:

  • WASC Accredited Curriculum (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)
  • Individualized Educational Planning
  • Direct Access to Teachers
  • 3 to 1 Student to Staff Ratio
  • Individualized 1 on 1 instructions
  • Random Weekly Drug Testing

Visions Adolescent graduates who sought out higher education were able to continue on to esteemed colleges and universities. Master level clinicians and certificated counselors constantly support mental and emotional health of students. Weekly individual counseling sessions provide students with opportunities to discuses their progress, challenges and struggles.

Visions Residential is a private pay program and full payment is required from the family. Our team will assist with insurance benefit verification & utilization review. Visions Outpatient works out of network with insurance. We will provide the following services to our Outpatient families: Benefit Verification, Pre-Authorization, Utilization Review, Billing & Collections.

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