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Expert Care for a Safe Experience
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.
At The Pines, our board-certified medical professionals enhance their knowledge through resources found within our national network of addiction treatment centers.
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What to Expect With Detoxification
The Pines’ adolescent treatment program helps individuals ages 14–18 recover from drug and alcohol addiction. We only work with clients who have chemical dependency or drug use that has severely affected significant areas of their lives, including their family, school performance, health, and social relationships. Treatment takes time, usually four-to-six weeks—maybe longer in more severe cases—and frequently begins with medically-supervised detoxification.
Many people think detoxification is all there is to treatment, but it’s actually the start of the whole process. Since we approach addiction as a complex disease, it’s critical to evaluate in what ways substances made notable changes in the body and mind. How quickly someone can physically recover from addiction usually depends on the type of substances used, for how long, and at what intensity. There might also be other factors to consider when planning detoxification, such a mixture of substances or a co-occurring mental health or mood disorder.
More About the Detox Process
Supervising the detox process at The Pines is a qualified staff consisting of:
- A full-time medical director board-certified in both addiction medicine and internal medicine
- A full-time physician’s assistant
- Certified and licensed therapists
- Around-the-clock nursing coverage
- A certified recreation therapist
- Trained recovery techs
Every resident undergoing detoxification is monitored 24-hours-a-day and, when needed, receives the appropriate medications to ease any discomfort that occurs during the 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. Young people are resilient, but it still takes time for their systems to adjust to more normal functioning after the release of toxins.
The detoxification process happens at The Pines, which also offers therapeutic activities specifically designed for adolescents, as well as ample opportunities for exercise and outdoor recreation.
Moving Forward With Dedicated, Compassionate Care
Once a teenager achieves some relief from chemical dependency through detoxification, they continue with the next important steps in an individualized treatment plan based on their initial consultation:
- Understanding the root causes for their addiction
- Receiving counseling for behavioral modifications
- Adapting to support programs, such as 12-Step processes, and other techniques for long-term wellness
We value your confidence to trust your child’s wellbeing to our team of experts. It’s our goal to provide a safe, nurturing environment which establishes the foundation of healthy recovery.
We want to make sure you have all the necessary information to understand this collaborative and thoughtful detoxification approach as one that offers your child—and your family—a pivotal point in the healing process. Our admissions and assessment team will respond to any concerns you might have so you can be certain The Pines is the right choice for your child’s future. Give us a call, day or night, to get the answers you need.
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