Recovery Academy – Child & Adolescents Services
Treatment & Recovery for Children & Teens
Behavioral health issues in children and adolescents are real, and they impact the entire family. Lakeside Behavioral Health System offers separate, specialized, comprehensive programs tailored specifically for children and adolescents with psychiatric issues and substance abuse disorders. Levels of care include acute inpatient, intensive outpatient (IOP), partial hospitalization (PHP) and short-term residential care.
Our treatment programs for children and adolescents involve a multi-level continuum of care that includes medication management, and group and individual therapy conducted by a multidisciplinary treatment team. Therapeutic groups topics include suicide prevention, alcohol and drugs, mood and eating disorders, psychological trauma, self-injurious behavior and anger management.
Our adolescent populations participate in either our Recovery Academy or Bridges programs, based on their specific treatment needs. Our Child Unit is for those 12 and under or students in seventh grade or below. In addition to addressing other mental health issues, these programs are also effective for dealing with a history of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, acute psychiatric crises, trauma, eating disorders, anger management, self-injury and suicidal ideation.
Admissions Criteria (All Child & Adolescent Programs)
- Must be age 17 or younger (or age 18, if still in high school)
- Parent support and treatment commitment
- Exhibiting symptoms of potential emotional issues and psychiatric disorder
- Will accept patients that may be struggling with drug and alcohol abuse
- Recent high-risk of dependency behaviors indicating severely impaired judgment
- Emotional and/or behavioral problems escalating to a level requiring 24-hour care and supervision outside of the family/home
For Parents & Guardians
Parent involvement plays a vital role in recovery. Our program allows parents to understand substance abuse and psychiatric issues better and to develop a support system by knowing other parents with similar problems. While children and adolescents are in treatment, parents participate in multi-family therapy groups (only in IOP and PHP currently) and individual family therapy designed to educate and assist parents on recovery, trust, communication, limit setting, parenting and preparing for the return home. Visitation and phone calls are allowed and can be coordinated upon admission (more information available here).
Check out our Resources section for more tips and information about behavioral issues and substance abuse in teens and children, including neurological changes in teens from alcohol use and intersection of mental health and technology in young people.