The foundation of treatment planning is our bio-psycho-social assessment of the adolescent, which must include input from the parents or guardian, a school history, and developmental information. From these sources, a determination can be made of the problems and clinical needs. Parental involvement is essential in the delivery of adolescent services and every effort is made to engage parents and address the family dynamics that may impact the child’s functioning.
Psychological Testing and Evaluation
A psychological assessment is provided for each adolescent patient, which includes an assessment of cognitive and scholastic functioning as well as developmental and psychiatric screening. A significant number of adolescents exhibit behavioral health symptoms, such as depression or attention deficit disorder, which may complicate their chemical dependency.
Adolescent Group Therapy
Group therapy is our primary modality for the treatment of chemical dependency. It has great significance for adolescent patients who have, as an integral part of their development, a need to relate to a peer system.
Adolescent Individual Therapy
The primary counselor provides individual therapy at least weekly dependent upon the patient’s treatment plan, and the issues which surface during the treatment process.
These individual sessions are also designed to provide an opportunity for the adolescent to participate in the development, revision, and updating of his or her master treatment plan.
Seven Challenges Program
The Seven Challenges Program is designed specifically for adolescents with drug/alcohol problems, to motivate a decision and commitment to change. The program simultaneously helps young people address their substance use problems as well as their life skill deficits, situational problems, and psychological problems. This program provides a framework for helping youth think through their own decisions about their lives and their use of alcohol and other drugs. With guidance from counselors, youth learn to identify and work on the issues most relevant to them.
Special Topic Groups
Conducted by the Rimrock’s education specialist, Special Topic Group sessions are tailored for the adolescent patient. During these sessions, topics are introduced which have special significance for adolescents. Skill building is a key component of these sessions.
Adolescent Recreation Therapy
An extensive program of therapeutic activities has been developed for our adolescent programs. The activities are designed to assist the adolescent patient in inter-personal skills development, leisure education, and life management skills development. The recreation therapy staff at Rimrock conducts these sessions for adolescent patients. Rimrock’s philosophy is that the activities therapy program must approximate the real world and life situation of each patient. Therefore, adolescent patients are actively involved in activities common to their age group such as hiking, bowling, playing sports, and going to the local gym. Patients are provided the opportunity to make choices each week and help plan the activities program for the week.
Each adolescent under our care participates in the education program. It is an individualized program of tutoring and group learning conducted by a state certified teacher who is a member of the Rimrock staff. The purpose of the education program is to assure each adolescent’s intellectual development and academic progress throughout the course of their treatment stay. The teacher maintains contact with adolescent’s home school and provides discharge recommendations to the school.
Twelve Step Program
Rimrock believes that the Twelve Step Programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous provide the optimum support-group setting for chemically dependent patients following treatment.
Our patients are introduced to the first five steps of these programs while in treatment.
Adolescent Family Program
The full participation of parents is expected. Family therapy sessions are held to identify the nature of the interaction between family members and to assist in eliminating the barriers to more satisfying intra-familial relationships. Particular attention is paid in these sessions to behaviors and interactions which were developed to cope with the chemical dependency in the household.
Educational lectures and films augment the therapy process and are designed to educate parents about the nature of their child’s disease, and to encourage parents to evaluate their own, if any chemical use.
Refusal Skill Training/Relapse Prevention
Weekly interactive relapse prevention sessions are conducted and designed to develop skills the patient can use to prevent relapse. Patients are helped with guided imagery to anticipate high-risk situations and relapse environments, followed by role-play where newly acquired coping skills are practiced.
Multi-mediums are employed in weekly sessions which permit patients to better understand the dynamics of their illness through creative endeavors.
Adolescent patients are taken to animal shelters where they walk/exercise the animals and assist in their care. The objective is to stimulate feelings and experiences that may address attachment and/or abandonment issues many patients have.
Youth Stewards Program
This program component is based upon the twelve step principle of service to others. Each week young patients adopt a park or roadway and spend time volunteering to give back to the community.
The aftercare plan is designed to support the gains the patient has made while in the treatment program.