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The Benefits of Community-Based Care in Residential Treatment Facilities

The Benefits of Community-Based Care in Residential Treatment Facilities 150 150 se_admin

No one wants to feel alone. Especially if you’re struggling with a mental health issue and you are also a teenager. Finding a group of people who accept you for who you are and who are looking out for your best interests is one of the best things that can happen to someone struggling with mental health issues. Community-based care at residential treatment facilities can offer that sense of community which can really promote healing and self-confidence.

Why Community-Based Care In Residential Treatment Facilities Is Effective

Community-based care, like what you’d find in residential treatment facilities, is so effective because of the level of support found there. Teens who attend residential treatment facilities find  themselves in a structured community environment where each and every one of their needs are taken care of. 

In such a milieu, teens are supported every step of the way by their peers, mentors, and therapists. Community-based care in residential treatment facilities can improve a teen’s overall social skills and can boost their self esteem and self confidence tenfold

At residential treatment facilities with structured communities, teens feel like they have a place in the community. Before entering into treatment, they may not have felt that way about themselves. Structured community environments prepare teens to transition back home into their community by teaching a variety of life skills that can be used throughout a resident’s life.

Eliminating Stigma in Residential Treatment Facilities

Our society has continued to enforce a stigma around mental health and those who struggle with mental health issues. Community-based residential treatment facilities that encourage community involvement through community service and other activities help to eliminate this stigma within the community that residential treatment facilities are located in.

When teens go out and participate in community service activities, they interact with people from all walks of life in their community. Through these interactions, members of the community can see that those struggling with mental health issues are just normal people. This helps eliminate the stigma. Of course, we still have a long way to go before the stigma is eliminated altogether, but baby steps are important.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-17, helps struggling teen girls find success in a community-based environment.

For more information about Solstice East, please call (855) 672-7058 today.


5 Factors of Great Residential Treatment Centers

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With years of experience dealing with various therapeutic programs for struggling teens, I’m able to confidently say I know how to discern between mediocre residential treatment centers and great ones. Searching through the copious therapeutic options for your struggling child can be difficult and frustrating without help. Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of what sets a program apart from others.

Aspects of superior residential treatment centers for teens

  1. Quality, Caring Staff: Excellent residential treatment centers will take care in who they decide to hire. The staff will be welcoming, interested, and passionate about helping troubled adolescents find their way back to a healthy path. Staff should also have undergone training in order to provide the best care.
  2. Focused Programming: Take a look at the gender and age specific aspects of the programming in their treatment center. Superior residential treatment centers for teens will incorporate the best therapies and form an environment specifically effective for the age and/or gender they’ve selected for their focus.
  3. Comprehensive Therapy: You’re not looking at residential treatment centers for youth because traditional therapy worked, which is why a great treatment center will integrate many different types of therapy into their programming. This allows adolescents to find therapies that work the best for them and provide the most effective and sustainable therapeutic experience.
  4. Family Inclusion: The family is one of the most important pieces of an adolescent moving forward. First-rate residential treatment centers will include the family in the healing process through weekly calls with a therapist or even scheduled visits.
  5. Teaches Transferable Skills: If your child cannot take the skills they’ve learned in the program back home, what use are they? A residential treatment center should strive to help your child build life-long coping skills that will continue to help them when they exit the program.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with teen depression, anxiety, trauma, and other emotional or behavioral issues. We strive to help our girls lead themselves back onto a path of health and happiness.

For more information about how Solstice East handles social media addiction, please call 828-484-9946!

Parenting Tips: How to Fight Summer Teenage Drinking

Parenting Tips: How to Fight Summer Teenage Drinking 150 150 se_admin

Sun, barbecues, beaches, and vacation are all things that make up summer break for many teens–but there’s one missing: teenage drinking. Summer comes along with a lack of supervision for teens because parents have to continue to work and provide for the family. What does this lack of supervision often turn into? Prime time for teenage drinking.

There are songs, movies, tv shows, and more outlining the teenage drinking experiences youth get over the summer, and even more disturbingly, they’re often glamorized. PsychCentral recently published an article discussing issues with underage drinking and ways to combat it.

It’s a real, unaddressed issue

Surprisingly, parents don’t really sit down their children and speak to them about the dangers of teenage drinking and the reasons the drinking age is 21. You may think, “My child would never do that,” but you could be surprised when you find beers stashed under your daughter’s bed. Parents tend to underestimate their children’s relationship to alcohol, according to studies. In one, researchers showed that many parents thought their children’s friends would drunk drive, but that their child would never do it.

According to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, around 1 in 7 teenagers binge drink, while only 1 percent of parents believe their teen does it. Teenage drinking can have huge, sometimes deadly, consequences.

Tips for dealing with summer teenage drinking

Stop Thinking, ‘It Could Never Be My Child’

According to many statistics, if it isn’t your child, it’s probably their close friend, and that’s dangerous within itself. So what can you do? Ask them in a judgement-free way. Approach the subject calmly. Express your worry about teenage drinking because of the multitude of statistics saying it’s extremely dangerous. Give them tips on how they can push back against pressure from their peers.

Are You Being a Role Model?

Teens often have a difficult time complying to rules if they think they’re hypocritical. If they see you frequently making mistakes and abusing alcohol, it could make them feel like it’s okay for them to do it. This isn’t saying cut alcohol out of your life, just be responsible with it when doing it in front of your children. Explain to them the importance of drinking responsibly.

Take Interest in What They’re Doing While You’re Gone

It’s easy to come home from work in the summer and breeze past your kid who has life super easy right now. But the issue with teenage drinking usually arises out of a lack of interest and supervision in a teen’s day–so ask them about their interests. Ask them if they’d be interested in a summer job (which would take up their time) or going to camp. There are many productive options for your teen over the summer.

If They’re Invited to a Party…

Just point blank not allowing them to go will just make your teen furious; instead, call the host parents and make sure they’re going to be there. Even if there are parents present, there’s always a chance teenage drinking will happen somehow, so it’s good to have a safety plan on how your teen can get home. Tell them that if they ended up drinking or have no way home because others are drinking, you’ll come pick them up at the drop of a hat. You won’t cause a scene or anything, but the next day the rules will definitely be reviewed.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with depression, anxiety, teenage drinking, and other emotional or behavioral problems. We strive to help our girls develop healthy habits for teens and lead themselves back onto a path of success and happiness.

For more information about how Solstice East treats issues associated with teenage drinking, please call 828-484-9946.

Johnny Manziel Gets Sober July 1! No More a Part of Celebrity Drug Addicts!

Johnny Manziel Gets Sober July 1! No More a Part of Celebrity Drug Addicts! 150 150 se_admin

Former Heisman Trophy winner announced to TMZ Sports that as of today he is going to be completely sober as July 1 and will therefore no longer be one of the celebrity drug addicts struggling to keep their lives on track.  Manziel also mentioned he is not doing drugs and is going to start training like crazy starting today.  Of course, he says this while sharing a house with 20 other people in Cabo, not exactly the environment for a former first round draft pick to start on a healthier path.

Earlier this week Manziel’s father told ESPN that his son is a “druggie” and he hopes his son ends up in jail in hopes of saving his son’s life.  Manziel responded to his dad by posting a picture of his arrival to Cabo with a #hiDad post wearing the jersey of his former Browns teammate Josh Gordon who has been suspended multiple times himself for failing drug and alcohol tests or NFL policies.

The steep descent of Manziel from Heisman Trophy winner to first round draft pick to unsigned free agent at the age of 23 is virtually unprecedented and shows the challenges of early celebrity, fame, and fortune and why Manziel is hardly the one of many celebrity drug addicts…and perhaps most of all Manziel’s story to date shows how precipitously one can fall once within the powerful grasp of drugs and alcohol.

Recently people have noticed Manziel’s weight loss, often an indicator of excessive drug usage.  In recent images Manziel hardly looks like a person who can take the beating of sacks from 300 lb defensive linemen.  Manziel has an indictment for an alleged assault from this spring.  Recently one of his own lawyers on the defense accidentally texted his fears about Manziel’s ability to stay sober as part of a plea deal, with the lawyer commenting, “Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle.”

Manziel needs help. He is following in the footsteps of dozens of celebrity drug addicts before him, many of whom found their addictions to be debilitating to their health, careers, and personal lives.


Healthy Habits for Teens: Avoiding Sports Drinks

Healthy Habits for Teens: Avoiding Sports Drinks 150 150 se_admin

One would think that one of the healthy habits for teens would be to drink sports drinks instead of sodas–but as BBC just reported, they actually pose a threat to student health. Common sports drinks are high in sugar and promote tooth decay and obesity. Many students believe that sports drinks are healthier for you; while in reality they’re made to consume after highly-intensive work outs and sporting activities, if consumed otherwise, it’s just like drinking a soda.

How have sports drinks become one of the ‘healthy habits for teens’?

Sports drinks frequently are labeled and marketed to target younger audiences, even though they’re highly unnecessary for students and the majority of adults. Only in few situations are sports drinks actually helpful for active performance. They’re not marketed this way, though, which is why so many youth drink them.

“Elite athletes might have reason to use them, but for almost everyone else they represent a real risk to both their oral and their general health.” –Russ Ladwa, from the British Dental Association

In the UK, they’re striving to change promotional content so that sports drinks don’t target the average student. Officials believe this will help majorly in developing healthy habits for teens in the areas of obesity and dental care.

Though this was brought to attention in the UK, it’s a large issue in the US as well. Sports drinks are really only helpful for some elite athletes, not school-age teens involved in sports. To combat this, there needs to be further education on the effects of high intakes of sugar–from sports drinks, soft drinks, etc.–and healthy alternatives to favored drinks. When discussing healthy habits for teens, students should be informed on the best ways to stay hydrated and healthy. It has been shown that milk or water is fully sufficient in quenching a teenager’s thirst and health needs–so there’s no real need for an excess amount of sports drinks.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and other emotional or behavioral problems. We strive to help our girls develop healthy habits for teens and lead themselves back onto a path of success and happiness.

For more information about Solstice East, please call 828-484-9946.