Child & Adolescent Services – Recovery Academy

Behavioral health issues in children and adolescents are real, and they impact the entire family. Lakeside offers separate, specialized, comprehensive programs tailored specifically for children and adolescents with psychiatric issues and substance abuse disorders. Levels of care include Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization and short-term Residential care.

Our adolescent populations participate in either our Recovery Academy or Bridges programs, based on their specific treatment needs, while 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 cutting, self-injury, anxiety, eating disorders and anger.

Our treatment programs for children and adolescents involve a multi-level continuum of care that includes group and individual therapy conducted by a multi-disciplinary treatment team, medication management, a parent education program, introduction to the 12-Step model and therapeutic groups for suicide prevention, alcohol and drugs, mood and eating disorders, psychological trauma, self-injurious behavior and anger management.

For Parents

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 and individual family therapy designed to educate and train parents on recovery, trust, communication, limit setting, parenting and preparing for the return home.

Child Unit

This program is specifically for children 12 or younger or students in seventh grade or below to address a range of behavioral health issues. Daily visitation for parents is offered.

Recovery Academy

Recovery Academy is a treatment program for girls and boys ages 12-17 (or 18-year-olds still in high school) who are struggling with behavioral health issues, general psychiatric disorders. Recovery Academy’s use of the 12-Step recovery model also makes this program highly effective for adolescents dealing with a long history of cutting and self-injurious behavior as well as eating disorders. In addition, groups on trauma resolution and anger management are a regular part of the program.

Recovery Academy specializes in treating:

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

Recovery Academy addresses all of these issues through a multi-level treatment program design consisting of four phases:

  • Inpatient Treatment (Acute and Residential)
  • Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment
  • Aftercare, Outpatient and Community-based AA


Our Bridges program treats adolescents ages 12-17 (or 18-year-olds still in high school) who are struggling with behavioral health issues or general psychiatric disorders. Patients are treated at a different acuity level than in our Recovery Academy.

Academics During Treatment

Academics are provided for students in our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or in short-term residential care through an accredited program. Students attend school Monday through Friday, and patients are required to enroll in at least five credits each semester.

Our teachers are certified in special education, and are very experienced in working with students who have emotional problems. We work closely with the home school during the treatment program with a goal of transferring credits from Recovery Academy to minimize the loss of credits or class time.

The course curriculum includes but is not limited to:

  • English
  • Language Arts
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • U.S. Government
  • Science
  • Wellness
  • U.S. History
  • Fine Arts
  • World Geography or World History
  • Foreign Language

Admissions Criteria

  • Adolescent males and females ages 12-17
  • Parent support and treatment commitment
  • Drug and alcohol abuse/dependent
  • Diagnosed psychiatric disorder
  • Typically, failure of treatment at a lower level of care or inpatient treatment is required
  • 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