Adolescent Program

Addiction Treatment Program

For Teens (Ages 14-18)

Leaving home and tackling a challenge such as addiction treatment can be a stressful and frightening experience for a teenager. Whatever contributed to their drug or alcohol abuse requires compassionate and dedicated professional treatment to resolve. The Pines at Willingway offers a comprehensive treatment program that encompasses detoxification, residential treatment, and partial hospitalization services for adolescents ages 14-18 dealing with substance use disorder (SUD) or alcohol use disorder (AUD).

Our Parent Handbook and Brief Sheet are available for download.

The Pines is a free-standing, 20-bed residential center on an 11-acre countryside campus and offers a secluded haven focused on wellness, restorative activities, and a chance to reconnect with what matters most.

The Pines at Willingway


When many people think of addiction treatment, they’re often concerned about the process of detoxification, especially when it involves teenagers. To ensure safety and ease chemical dependency requires a skilled staff available through every stage of the process. Our first goal is to help the client through a safe medical detoxification that is monitored 24 hours per day by trained professionals. Our staff uses appropriate medications to ease any discomfort that occurs during this process.

Typical detox symptoms include:

  • Irritability, moodiness, and aggression
  • Flu-like reactions, such as fever, headache, and severe body aches
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue and/or wakefulness
  • Skin eruptions such as acne, rashes, and welts
  • Increased appetite
  • Muscle spasms and shakiness
  • Feelings of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness

Some teens experience these symptoms for two-to-four days, while others might detox for up to three weeks. Once a teenager achieves some relief from chemical dependency through detoxification, they continue with the next important steps in an individualized treatment plan.


Upon completion of detox, clients will be transitioned to the residential treatment level of care with a more intensive focus on their individual treatment needs. During treatment, clients will experience group work and individual therapy, where they will address denial, learn about the disease concept of addiction, and identify their relapse risk factors.

Our addiction specialists use a combination of two successful treatment models for teen residents:

  • The Hazelden Matrix for adolescent substance abuse treatment, which incorporates individual, group, and family therapy; early recovery skills; family education; social support; and relapse prevention.
  • The 12-Step process and principles to help teens and their families practice new methods for reinforcing healthy behaviors, resisting peer pressure, and abstaining from substances; foster better relationships, responsibility, fellowship and support, and dignity; and discover tools for continued growth and development. Some 12-Step programs used for recovery include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups.

Education at The Pines

Due to the short length of stay, patients will remain enrolled in their home school districts and will be placed on medical homebound. Willingway does not have a designated on-site school but there will be two hours each afternoon set aside for your child to complete assignments from their home school as part of the medical homebound instruction. It is important to remember that your child is here to address their substance use/abuse and will spend the majority of time engaged in treatment. Our primary goal is to assist your child in achieving sobriety and remaining drug/alcohol free after discharge.

Successful treatment and recovery must also include family members who are most involved in a teen’s life and are affected by their substance use. They are invited to educational sessions during the last week of treatment to learn more about addiction as a disease and their role in ongoing recovery.

Effective Aftercare

At The Pines of Willingway, we strive to provide our adolescent patients with the tools and resources they need to not only embrace their early decision of a life without substances, but to also develop a path of fulfilling purpose.

A teenager who successfully completes rehabilitation at The Pines can rely on the guidance, support, 12-Step processes, and education they receive to help them and their family release any myths or stigmas involving addiction and follow therapeutic methods that prevent relapse.

Once they leave The Pines, they’ll work with TRAC9, a secure web app that uses a series of standardized assessments to identify changes in depression, anxiety, stress, visual response to cravings, verbal response to cravings, spirituality, commitment to sobriety, optimism, and quality of life. At The Pines, our goal is to support you and your family with ongoing connection to our staff and alumni, as well as through a wealth of resources cultivated within our national network of addiction treatment centers.

Our admissions team can explain more about how we’re with you during and after treatment.

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