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Importance of Outpatient Follow-Up Treatment Programs

1 May 2012
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There are countless benefits to residential treatment for adolescents whether it is substance abuse, mental health issues or eating disorders. The most obvious being the structure that is provided thru daily monitoring of trained mental health professionals. Clients are capable of being away from the chaos of home life, friends, extended family, school/work etc and are provided a safe atmosphere to allow the healing journey to begin. But what happens when residential treatment is over and the recommendation for a client is “discharge”? Does treatment end?

That is when phase two of treatment should begin. A client that is stepping down from residential is not yet equipped with the skills to be away from treatment in totality. In residential, clients have been accustomed to having a daily milieu structure that specifies when to get up, when to study, when to attend 12 step meetings, when to go to group, when to work out, etc.

It is not only unreasonable to take an adolescent from a residential regime to complete “freedom” but also it sets the adolescent up for failure and possible deeper mayhem than was present prior to seeking residential treatment. As a rule of thumb, an outpatient treatment program following residential is essential and is should be recommended to be a part of any discharge planning from residential care. So, what are outpatient follow-up treatment programs? And, what do they consist of?

Definition of Treatment Programs

Partial Hospitalization programs (day treatment) are structured, short-term active treatment that is, generally, operable at a minimum of 5 to 8 hours per day, 5 to 7 days per week. Adolescents are not cared for on a 24-hour per day basis, and leave the program each evening. Partial hospitalization is an alternative to residential treatment and offers intensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary clinical services for adolescents that are able to function in the community at a minimally appropriate level and do not present as an imminent potential for harm to themselves or others.

Intensive outpatient programs are structured, short-term outpatient treatment that provides individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. (“IOP) usually meets at least three times per week, providing a minimum of 3 hours of treatment per session. Adolescents at this level demonstrate some capacity to be in the home environment and attend school off site — however; adolescents still need the support provided by treatment groups and family therapy.

Benefits of Adolescent Growth’s Outpatient Programs

Many parents find the word “discharge” scary. While they have seen their teenager make strides in residential treatment, they fear that “upon discharge” their home will become the den of angry rages/violence and the police calling nightmare that it was prior to residential treatment. Therefore, there are specific benefits to stepping down to a lower level of care program following residential:

Transition
The teenager is transitioned back home rather than abruptly discharged from the 24 hours per day monitoring of residential treatment without follow-up. Because the adolescent has been away from home, school, the computer etc, the excitement surrounding having access to these things, again, can be tempting and overwhelming. And, if left unsupervised, the teenager is certain to quickly start treading downward. However, if the adolescent is in outpatient treatment programs (6-8 hours) or (3-5 hours) then there is less time for the minor to start reverting back to old behaviors. Remaining linked to treatment on an outpatient basis encourages the adolescent to continue utilizing coping skills learned in residential treatment, while in the home environment.

Support
Psychiatrists, Therapists, LVNs and counselors are all still accessible by the family while in outpatient programs. Therefore, when an issue arises at home, the adolescent has the same support that helped during the initial residential phase of treatment. This support is crucial as the client learns how to make better choices and surround themselves with persons that support recovery and stability.

Adolescent Growth, Inc.

The transition from residential to one of our outpatient programs serves to further solidify Adolescent Growth as the premier treatment facility for teens in the United States. The population served at Adolescent Growth is both males and females ages 12-17 years old.

Our partial program is designed as a step down to a lower level of care from our residential program for those adolescents that still need individualized academic instruction, individual therapy, and family therapy. However, completion of our residential program is not required for an adolescent to participate in the partial hospitalization program.

(“IOP”) is the lowest level of care we offer and usually meets 3 times to 5 times per week, providing a minimum of 3 hours of treatment per session. Completion of residential treatment or partial hospitalization treatment is not required for placement in the “IOP.”

Why Enroll Your Adolescent in Adolescent Growth’s Outpatient Programs?

  • An adolescent in residential treatment is transitioned back home rather than abruptly taken from the 24 hours per day monitoring of residential treatment.
  • Family and adolescent have accessible to mental health professionals while in outpatient programs and at home.
  • Adolescent Growth outpatient treatment programs use proven methods for turning around the lives of struggling teenagers.
  • We offer affordable help for struggling teenagers; we accept most insurance.
  • Our program is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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Adolescent Growth is a family owned and operated treatment center for teens aged 12-17. Since our inception we have proudly held the Gold Seal of Accreditation from the Joint Commission, an internationally recognized accreditation body. We specialize in treating teens with mental health disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders