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Getting the Help Your Family Deserves

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. Family members also need reassurance that their child is cared for in a safe, nurturing environment.

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 board-certified medical professionals treat teens in high-risk situations who have chemical dependency or drug use that has severely affected major areas of their life, including their health, family, school performance, and social relationships.

Our facility is part of an extensive national network of addiction treatment centers. 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

Residential Treatment

Our teen patients and their families can count on the skills of compassionate addiction professionals at The Pines to provide evidenced-based treatment.

This includes:

  • A full-time medical director who is 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
  • A psychiatrist board-certified in child, adolescent, and young adult care

The core treatment philosophy is based on the latest developments in addiction science:

  • Addiction is a complex disease that is a combination of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors.
  • Various therapeutic techniques are required to address all these aspects and provide effective treatment of SUD and AUD.

In addition, there needs to be detailed identification of specific relapse risks and a plan to mitigate them.

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. We realize education is important and will assist in ensuring they keep up with current assignments, however, if your child is behind, our recommendation is to work with your child’s school while they are here to develop a plan to get them back on track after they complete treatment and return to their normal school schedule.

Our Medical Director will sign the medical homebound forms from your district. However, it will be the parent’s responsibility to notify the school of the situation and obtain the necessary documentation to place your child on medical homebound. Please secure the name of someone at the school we can contact while they are here. You will also need to bring their current school schedule, any information for online learning, and if possible textbooks.

More About Residential Treatment

When a teenager is admitted to our facility, they receive a thorough assessment of their background, condition, and needs. Adolescents have unique requirements for treatment, and what our professionals learn about them through this process is the cornerstone to their specialized continuum of care plan, not only for treatment, but also after they leave our facility. Individual considerations for inpatient treatment include:

  • Current age, and age at the onset of use
  • Drugs of choice
  • Reasons for continued use despite negative consequences
  • Mental health, mood, and behavioral disorders, as well as trauma-induced issues
  • Legal, social, or environmental factors

We collaborate with our referral sources, family members, medical team, and everyone who is vested in the family to provide in-depth care for each teen and we respect their personal journey to recovery.

Upon admission to The Pines, most teens enter a medically-supervised detoxification program for a few days to help eliminate the toxicity of substance use and evaluate the physiological and psychological changes. The timeframe for physical recovery from addiction usually depends on the type of substances used, the legnth of use, and at what intensity.

Once detox is complete, 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.

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. A teen and their family’s individual resources, constraints, and socioeconomic factors are taken into consideration when a plan for treatment and continuing care is developed.

A residential rehabilitation program usually lasts at least 30 days, but some teenagers and their families might find it helpful to focus on the early recovery process at the center for up to 90 days.

A Day in the Life at The Pines

Teen patients at The Pines have a structure of support, education, and activities that reinforce their goals of recovery and establish a solid foundation for their renewed future.

All residents remain enrolled in their home school, and work is provided and completed onsite. They’re expected to stay up-to-date on their classwork during their stay. Staff members at The Pines work with the teenager’s school district to best find the educational program that enables teens to meet their objectives during treatment. This may include medical homebound, tutoring, or online classes.

Other aspects of a typical day include individual and group counseling, 12-Step meetings, and other specialized groups that provide insight into their recovery and help them plan ahead.

At The Pines, there are ample opportunities for both quiet reflection and energetic recreation. Our private campus includes walking trails and a small pond, and therapeutic activities designed specifically for adolescents. Along with our indoor pool, additional movement options include yoga and ping pong, and games such as bocce ball, foosball, sandbag cornhole, and others.

Our teenage residents also enjoy occasional social outings such as kayaking, fishing, softball, concerts, Georgia Southern basketball and baseball games, and Savannah Banana minor league baseball games.

Time for a Change

After all your child has been through, you need peace of mind that effective recovery is within reach. At The Pines, we believe our professional, therapeutic methods and nurturing atmosphere allow your teen to discover new realities and develop the belief that life without substances is not only possible, but also the right choice for their bright future.

Make the decision for positive change. Our admissions team is ready to answer all your questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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