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Why Is Clearfork Academy a Good Choice for My Adolescent?

Why is Clearfork Academy a good choice for my adolescent?

At Clearfork Academy, we provide a comprehensive treatment to help teens with SUD recover and start living a healthy, sober life. Our treatment concentrates on the individualized needs and concerns of teenagers. We understand SUD often goes in hand with trauma or mental health issues.

Let us help you help your son gain a new purpose for living that goes beyond the pain of SUD and toward a fulfilling life.

Searching for the Best Rehabilitation Center

When it comes to finding a good drug rehab for your teen, there are a few things you should keep in mind. You will want to seek treatment that includes:

  • Licensed and certified facilities
  • Special services or programming such as 12-step programs, cognitive behavioral therapy, or adventure therapy
  • Qualified and experienced staff that can treat teens
  • Therapy that incorporates the family members into the treatment plan

The Core Values Behind Clearfork Academy

At Clearfork Academy,  we view addiction as a treatable condition, not a moral failing. As such, Austin Davis LPC-S, the facility’s founder, spent 15 years fine-tuning and practicing the program’s philosophy and methodology before opening Clearfork Academy. Today, we offer an innovative treatment plan that restores teenagers’ well-being from the grapples of SUD and the pain of trauma. Your teen has 24/7 access to our medical detox program, residential treatment program, and intensive outpatient care.

Clearfork Academy employs narrative therapy to help teens discover the “real” story hidden inside themselves to achieve their goals. Instead of allowing past trauma or pain to hinder recovery, we use the family systems perspective to help teens face the trauma and reframe their narrative as a victorious one. Drawing power from their “inner survivor,” teens leave here empowered with the leadership skills to take charge of their God-given life.

How It Works

Our clinicians identify and target the symptoms of SUD and mental health issues. Effectively, we employ the sequential scope of our interconnected treatment to permeate the deeply-rooted problems in each teen. For example, each week, we present a Clearfork core value to help teens take action in their recovery. As an acronym, our seven core values stand for “hustle&fun”:

  1. Honor
  2. Unity
  3. Sacrifice
  4. Transparency
  5. Legacy
  6. Excellence
  7. Fun

Ultimately, Clearfork’s core values uphold and unify: “honoring God, self, and one’s neighbor.”

Our Partnership With the University of Texas Charter School

At Clearfork Academy, our treatment emphasizes cultivating a safe, structured setting for teens. For this reason, we partnered with the University of Texas Charter School to provide our students with the best possible education. The innovative partnership provides our participants with access to a world-class education that prepares them for college and career success.

In addition, our parents find our on-campus classes with state-accredited curricula impressive. As part of the University of Texas Charter School satellite campus, our teachers meet the individual needs of their children while also providing support services such as homework assistance, tutoring, and educational resources on campus.

Benefits of Our Partnership With the University of Texas Charter School

Your child will benefit significantly from our academic classes. Expect to find the following:

  • Increased academic achievement. We prepare students thoroughly with no educational compromises when they graduate from our program.
  • Reduced probability of drug abuse or addiction. A structured, academic environment allows our students to overcome dependency and addiction healthily and with compassion. Plus, teens learn to deal with the stresses of academics without turning to drug use but instead to our support team.
  • More time to focus on personal development. Our students have the opportunity to focus on their personal and academic growth while in treatment. They can discover and develop their academic skills with teachers and staff who care. They can also develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills, which will serve them in society and work life.
  • Reduced stress. Our program provides an environment that is both supportive and challenging for teenagers.
  • Maintain their good standing. Our classes help students maintain their course load and grades.

An Assortment of Therapeutic Models

We provide various therapeutic models to meet the individualized needs of each teen. Our therapies include:

Our Picturesque Campus: A Viable Opportunity for Adventure Therapy

Residing on 80 acres in North Fort Worth, our campus overlooks Eagle Mountain Lake. Our picturesque grounds host deers, wild turkeys, and the occasional bald eagle. Privy to the beauty and power of nature, adventure therapy shines here. As teens detox from drugs and alcohol, they learn new things about themselves and the world. Additionally, teens find solace and opportunities for growth by participating in our fitness obstacle course, which includes:

  • Volleyball court
  • Basketball court
  • Garden
  • Ropes course (all elements)

 A well-structured therapeutic program serves as an excellent option for treatment from a SUD. A structured, therapeutic environment will help your child address their addictions and mental health issues, including trauma. We highly recommend long-term treatment plans that identify the root cause of teens’ substance use and mental health issues. At Clearfork Academy, we promote the rehabilitation, development, and enhancement of an individual’s physical, social, and psychological well-being by applying unifying core values and therapeutic activities. Our safe and supportive treatment setting provides guidance and care as your child recovers their narrative and vitality for living. We offer unique programs that will match your needs and provide support through every step of the process. Our admissions staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you find the right treatment plan for your child. To learn more about our programs and their related resources, contact us today by calling (888) 966-8604.

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Tips for Supporting a Friend With a Mental Illness

Tips for Supporting a Friend with a Mental Illness

The adolescent and teenage years are often the most vulnerable time for mental illnesses to develop. However, teens tend to feel more comfortable turning to their friends for help with their mental illness rather than talking with their parents or professionals.

If you and your friends look to each other for help, it is important to know how to support one another when it comes to mental health.

Understanding Mental Illness

It is not always obvious when someone is dealing with a mental illness. Mental illnesses are often referred to as “invisible illnesses” because a person’s symptoms are not always visible to those around them. While some people are comfortable with sharing their diagnoses, others feel uncomfortable.

While it can be frustrating to feel like your friend is withholding information from you, don’t take it personally if your friend does not open up to you right away. It is important to remember that not everyone has the same experience with mental illnesses.

What Can You Do to Support a Friend With a Mental Illness?

Friends are essential in your developmental process because they lend a sense of connection and add to your self-worth. As a teen, you may find that you and your friends turn to each other for help more than you turn to your parents. Therefore, learning about disorders and how they affect individuals provides the best opportunity to support them. Here are six tips to support your friends when they come to you for help:

  1. Listen to Them: People with a mental illness often feel like others don’t listen to their experiences and what they are going through. If your friends feel comfortable talking to you about their disorder, be respectful and listen without judgment. You don’t have to wholly understand their experience or know all of the answers to their questions. Sometimes, they are not looking for an answer. Sometimes showing them that you are willing to offer a listening ear can help them feel more comfortable with expressing how they feel.
  2. Learn the Warning Signs: Getting help as early as possible is important when treating a mental illness. Learning to spot the warning signs of mental illnesses can help your friend find proper treatment. Spotting the warning signs requires learning about specific disorders and the symptoms that encompass them. If you notice your friend behaving in unusual ways to how they usually carry themselves, this is also a clear indication that they might need help.
  3. Respect Their Boundaries: Allow your friends to share as much or as little as they would like about how they feel. Don’t push them to tell you more than what they feel comfortable with; doing so might cause them to pull away from you. They may have specific boundaries to help them deal with their symptoms and how they talk about them. They may also want to avoid specific topics that are too triggering for them, and you must respect this, too. It is important to talk with your friends about boundaries and remember to uphold these boundaries.
  4. Don’t Always Bring Up Their Illness: Some mental illnesses require constant attention including, medication, being aware of moods, dietary changes, and navigating life with coping mechanisms that keep their symptoms at ease. However, your friend is not their illness, and their mental illness does not need to be the topic of every discussion. Sometimes spending time with the people they love offers a break from having to acknowledge their illness. You don’t have to mention or discuss their illness every time you hang out with or talk to them.
  5. Don’t Tell Your Friend How They Should Feel: Each individual’s experience with a mental illness is their own experience. Even if you know a lot about other illnesses, it is important to remember that you are not a medical or mental health expert, so understand that there are many things you don’t know about their illness. Avoid acting like a therapist or a psychiatrist when addressing your friend’s feelings. When they share their feelings with you, it is important to remain a friend and listen.
  6. Keep Your Questions Open Ended: Asking open-ended questions allows your friend the chance to share what they would like. Instead of saying to them, “You seem sad or lethargic today,” you can ask, “How are you feeling today?” Asking how they feel rather than how you think they feel allows them to share what they would like and not feel pushed to answer something outside their comfort zone.

It can be scary watching your friends manage their mental illnesses, especially during the adolescent stage. Clearfork Academy specializes in teen addiction and mental health treatment and offers specialized programs that help teens manage mental illnesses and substance use disorders. In addition to our clinical approaches, we also utilize holistic approaches such as art and adventure therapy. If your child is currently experiencing a substance use disorder that is interfering with their mental health, we will safely guide them through the detox and withdrawal phase of treatment. From there, we will get to the root of their substance use and identify any underlying conditions such as mental illnesses that may be influencing their substance use. Our goal is to help your teen reach sobriety and maintain long-term sobriety by teaching them healthy coping strategies and life skills. If your teen needs treatment, don’t wait. Call Clearfork Academy today at (888) 966-8604