The rising trend in teen drug use has spurred a need for more addiction specialists to specialize in working with this demographic. Many experts feel that these treatment clinics will be more effective at treating teen addiction due to their specific experience and knowledge of the demographic.
Addiction specialists hold qualified training in addiction recovery. Yet, one specializing in teen addictions has necessary training regarding adolescent development. This includes being familiar with the brain’s development through adolescence and age-appropriate topics such as sexuality and body image. They provide the best possible care for teens seeking recovery.
Addiction specialists can work in many different environments, such as treatment centers, rehabilitation facilities, community health centers, and substance use clinics. Addiction specialists can also work in private practice or provide counseling services online. It’s essential to understand the differences between these professionals before choosing a specialist to help your teen with addiction recovery. Such knowledge can help you find the most suitable treatment program or team for your child.
People with substance use disorders (SUDs) typically respond well to treatment, but according to reports, “1 in 10 people with a substance use disorder receive any specific treatment.” This is particularly true for teens, who are often less likely than adults to seek help for their issues. Unfortunately, teen addiction is common and often goes untreated, and most young people who need treatment are not getting it.
Most rehabs or specialists appeal to older people who have years of substance abuse behind them. Still, teens have shorter histories of substance abuse and tend to be more impulsive than adults, so they need different services and approaches from their addiction specialists.
As experts in the field at Clearfork Academy, we don't treat teens like adults and then expect them to stay in recovery. It is essential that teens work with addiction specialists who understand their stressors and challenges. Based on research, teens experience unique stressors and challenges, including:
To complicate matters further, teenagers undergo rapid physical and mental changes while going through puberty. This causes stress hormones such as cortisol to spike during adolescence. High levels of cortisol make teen brains prone to addiction and make withdrawal symptoms harder on teenage addicts than on adults. We recommend specialists who can relate to the unique situations and problems teens face. A go-to person trained in adolescent development can make all the difference.
Teens tend to fear seeking treatment because their needs vary from what most centers or specialists can provide. For many teens, they seek the following to benefit from treatment or addiction counseling:
Teens often struggle with life skills and coping skills. These skills are often underdeveloped in teens since they lack the opportunity to have cultivated them. Notably, teen addiction specialists understand these particular circumstances for teens, especially relapse prevention.
Relapse is a possibility during the recovery process for all addicts. Still, teens who do not receive specialized treatment during their initial recovery period can experience a greater likelihood of relapse after completing therapy than their adult counterparts. A qualified specialist can assist with the following for relapse prevention:
Adolescent addiction specialists such as the specialists at Clearfork Academy focus on teens. We have a clear understanding of the developmental needs of this age group and the mental health issues that may arise. We are equipped to help teens build resiliency and healthy coping skills to reduce the risk of relapse. Teens who see seek help from us are more likely to feel comfortable expressing themselves. Our specialists offer support tailored to teenage development, school-related stressors, family dynamics, peer relationships, and childhood trauma that a general specialist may not address. Fortunately, there are many treatment programs designed specifically for this age group, but our team of licensed clinicians offers specialized training in helping adolescents develop healthier coping mechanisms. Our treatment programs will help your teen recover from drug abuse in a safe and healthy environment. For more information about our program, call us today at (817) 259-2597.
Originally from the Saginaw, Eagle Mountain area, Austin Davis earned a Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministry from Lee University in Cleveland, TN and a Master of Arts in Counseling from The Church of God Theological Seminary. He then went on to become a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in the State of Texas.
Austin’s professional history includes both local church ministry and clinical counseling. At a young age, he began serving youth at the local church in various capacities which led to clinical training and education. Austin gained a vast knowledge of mental health disorders while working in state and public mental health hospitals. This is where he was exposed to almost every type of diagnosis and carries this experience into the daily treatment.
Austin’s longtime passion is Clearfork Academy, a christ-centered residential facility focused on mental health and substance abuse. He finds joy and fulfillment working with “difficult” clients that challenge his heart and clinical skill set. It is his hope and desire that each resident that passes through Clearfork Academy will be one step closer to their created design.
Austin’s greatest pleasures in life are being a husband to his wife, and a father to his growing children. He serves at his local church by playing guitar, speaking and helping with tech arts. Austin also enjoys being physically active, reading, woodworking, and music.