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.

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Admissions Criteria (All Child & Adolescent Programs)

  • Must be age 17 or younger 
  • 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.

Recovery Academy

Recovery Academy is a treatment program for girls and boys ages 12-17 who are struggling with behavioral health issues and general psychiatric disorders. Recovery Academy’s empirically-supported group therapy model also makes this program highly effective for adolescents dealing with a long history of depression, self-injurious behavior, substance abuse, mood instabilities, trauma and eating disorders. Group therapy sessions on trauma resolution and anger management are a regular part of the program.

Recovery Academy treats mental health issues through a multi-level treatment program design consisting of inpatient treatment (acute and residential), PHP, IOP and aftercare (which includes outpatient and community-based Alcoholics Anonymous). 

Recovery Academy specializes in treating:

  • Adolescent depression
  • Self-mutilation
  • Drug & alcohol abuse/dependence 
  • Relationship dependence
  • Mood instability
  • Psychological trauma (grief/loss, trauma related to physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse)

The Bridges Program

Our Bridges program treats adolescents ages 12-17 who are struggling with behavioral health issues or general psychiatric disorders that have increasingly disrupted their lives, homes and communities. 

Teenage patients in this program typically have more urgent, acute mental issues that need help and attention and may have had more recent instances of high-risk behaviors defiance, aggression, self-harming behaviors, psychosis or suicidal thoughts. These issues may be a result of serious trauma, such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, severe neglect or sex trafficking. The trauma of these events may lead to deep depression, post-traumatic stress and other behavioral health issues. 

The Bridges staff works closely with patients, parents and (as necessary) caseworkers to help stabilize the most severe, pressing symptoms in the patients. From there, the goal of the program is to teach teens how to make better choices, develop social skills and learn coping mechanisms to improve their quality of life. Through individual and group therapy sessions, patients go through a multi-level treatment program design consisting of inpatient treatment (acute and residential), PHP, and IOP.

Recovery Begins Today

Lakeside Behavioral Health System’s Assessment Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide a no-cost mental health assessment for you, your loved one, or your patient/client. Call us at 901-377-4700 or visit our facility to get started. For additional questions about our programs, you can also use our online contact form. In the case of a medical emergency or crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.


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