Alcohol abuse recovery for teens requires a specific treatment plan that is different from the methods used to treat adults with alcohol abuse because there are significant psychological and physical changes that teens experience between the ages of 12 and 20. In fact, research indicates that the brain does not reach full development until the age of 30. For many teens that engage in alcohol use during this important developmental stage of their life, they put their development, but also their futures at risk.
Some parents choose to send their children to an alcohol detox before they enroll them to an alcohol abuse recovery for teens. Detoxification is the process of eliminating the body of the chemical toxins that have accumulated as a result of their alcohol use. If your teen needs detox, most physicians agree that medical detox, especially IV therapy medical detox is the best method because it allows the medication to be adjusted as your teen's withdrawal symptoms change which will keep them comfortable throughout the process. If you are unsure as to whether or not your teen needs detox, you should consult with your doctor.
After detox, your teen can benefit from entering a program that is specifically designed to meet their needs and help them deal with the real issues that they face in their daily routines, such as peer pressure, choosing friends, how they spend their free time, academic issues, career goals and making choices and decisions. As a general rule, adult programs are not geared to address the problems that teens face in their life and so are not adequate for them.
Traditional alcohol abuse recovery for teens use methods that treat teens like adults and that does not work because it does not address the specific issues that teens face. Traditional methods for teen alcohol use also implement 12 step programs which in many cases tend to create a sense of failure within the teen seeking help. Rather than promote a sense of empowerment, traditional programs often times create a sense of powerlessness.
Freedom Model Retreats is a non 12 step program and a non treatment program that uses cognitive behavior education to teach self assessment and self change to help teens in their decision and choice making process. Teens also learn to develop habits and behaviors that are positive; as well as a number of other skills that can help them in planning for their future including selecting friends, spending free time, academic success and more. The Freedom Model Retreat program empowers guests by building self confidence and self esteem and our guests discover that they can have a life that is permanently free from alcohol use.
Upon completion of the six week program, some teens discover that they can benefit from enrolling in the Personal Review and Enhancement Program (PREP) that Freedom Model Retreat offers. PREP will build on the foundation, established during the previous program and will help prepare them for career opportunities, military service, college applications, increase their relationships with family and friends, and choosing extracurricular activities.