Teen Drug Rehab: What Should You Look For?

In the simplest terms, the best possible teen drug rehab treatment of addiction and associated issues among teens will be of high quality and comprised of therapeutic services that are evidence-based, or proven to be effective through years of research.

This is the advice of Kathleen Meyers, PhD, a senior scientist at Treatment Research Institute, a resource for parents who are concerned about enrolling their child in a drug rehab that will help their kids overcome addiction and get back on track in life, according to the The Partnership at DrugFree.org.

It’s solid advice. But what does that mean in practice? What is an “evidence-based treatment” and what isn’t? And what is a “high-quality treatment program” as compared to one of low quality?

Quality of Care

Often, in a teen drug rehab, quality isn’t just about location and amenities. It’s about how much attention, and the caliber of attention, your child receives and the education and experience of those who provide their treatment. A high-quality treatment center will offer your son:

  • Low number of patients in residence
  • Access to a wide range of substance abuse treatment specialists
  • Intensive evaluation and diagnostic process at the beginning of treatment
  • A treatment plan personalized to meet his needs
  • The ability to adjust treatment as needed
  • Parental involvement
  • Short-term to long-term care as appropriate
  • Aftercare services

Those programs that have a huge number of patients, are staffed largely by students or those new to the field of substance abuse treatment, or do not allow personalized treatment for each patient but instead attempt to push everyone through the same paces are not the best choice for effective recovery.

Evidence-Based Teen Drug Rehab

boy in teen drug rehab with counselorConstant research is being done on different types of treatment interventions for addiction in an effort to identify the best possible combination of care for different age groups, genders, drugs of choice, and more. No cure has yet been discovered, and though that may be the ultimate goal driving these studies, the extensive body of addiction treatment research has yielded a sea of data supporting the use of some treatment programs over others in the treatment of specific issues or combinations of issues experienced by patients.

It’s important to note that though one treatment may be heavily supported for the treatment of addiction in one population or where a specific combination of co-occurring disorders exists, it may not be as effective in other cases. Teens are very often the focus of addiction treatment research, however, and parents will find a great deal of information about which types of treatment will be effective choices for their son in recovery.

Learn more about our teen-specific treatment and intervention options as well as how we determine which combination of therapies will best serve your son here at Muir Wood when you contact us at the phone number listed above. We are here 24/7 to help.