While infectious diseases and cancers were the principle causes of death among adolescents in the past, during the 21st century accidents, suicide, and other problems related to drug abuse and alcohol addiction have become the nation’s number one unmet health problem. There is a strong need for adolescent addiction treatment to meet the need of the substance abuse epidemic in Florida.
Specialized Services for Adolescents
The professionals at UF Health Florida Recovery Center realize the need for specialized services for the adolescents and teenagers. The Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction track is designed for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 who need drug rehab or alcohol treatment in a safe, secure, therapeutic environment.
UF Health Florida Recovery Center doctors, therapists and nurses will perform an initial assessment and evaluation for your loved one. Each person admitted into our program receives a treatment plan designed specifically for him/her. In order to provide a full spectrum of care for each individual, we offer a variety of services are available including therapy, education and support groups.
Young people who are admitted into the Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction track have a wide range of treatment options. At the UF Health Florida Recovery Center, we offer the following levels of care:
- Comprehensive evaluations
- Alcohol detox / drug detox; inpatient rehab
- Individual, group and family therapy
- Long-term rehab
- Outpatient appointments
Historically, young patients are often dealing with addiction issues in combination with a psychiatric condition like bi-polar disorder, depression or anxiety. Many times, addictions arise among the adolescent population as a way to cope with these psychiatric conditions. Our multi-disciplinary treatment team is trained in dual-diagnosis and uses only the latest techniques to treat co-occurring conditions simultaneously.
Treatment & the Role of the Family
At UF Health Florida Recovery Center, we believe the family’s role is highly important in the successful recovery of any adolescent. Almost always, the entire family has been affected by the addiction and behavioral issues of the person with the addiction. Therefore, family, which we define as anyone who loves and supports the well-being of the person in treatment, may have a need for therapy and guidance as well. Types of family therapy will vary based on the individual’s needs. Ultimately, family involvement is strongly encouraged.