Our addiction treatment program helps teenage boys recover from addictions and dangerous substance abuse behavior. They do so among their male teenage peers, not mixed in with adult addicts nor distracted while in treatment by other patients of the opposite sex. We treat just teenager boys who are addicted to illicit drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol, gambling, pornography, or gaming.
New Adventure Treatment Center (NATC) is our separate licensed drug addiction treatment center located within our licensed behavioral health facility. The program is applicable to be covered in part or in full by medical insurance.
Addiction treatment is often a co-occurring situation in the lives of boys who are misbehaving, angry, destroying their future, or failing in school. The drug and alcohol addiction treatment program (plus other addictions) is based on science and our evidential experience of what works best in helping teenager get sober and stay sober. We pioneered addiction treatment and we continue to evolve and advance the use of evidence-based treatments in order to provide our patients with the best opportunity for lifelong recovery from substance use disorder.
New Adventure Treatment Center admits boys ages 14-17 1/2 who have serious substance abuse issues or addictions. Addiction and co-occurring behavioral issues or mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression are addressed at the same time, providing an integrated treatment approach that offers our patients the best opportunity for lasting recovery.
Programs and services include screening and brief intervention, comprehensive assessment and evaluation, and inpatient addiction treatment, and family/parent education and support.
Many boys who come to us also have defiance and anger issues. It is understood that troubled boys may not be overly excited about coming to New Adventure Treatment Center. However, we require that prospective clients be informed in advance and choose to come here. Success is in part dependent on a patient’s willingness to get help. We will help you with strategies to get your boy to willingly come to our program.
We are a dual-diagnosis facility, so we incorporate trauma therapy, counseling for depression and anxiety, and other mental health services into the process for recovery and life change. To make the program more fulfilling and exciting for the boys, we incorporate adventure-based learning activities, equine-assisted therapy, play therapy, and other creative interventions.
New Adventure Treatment Center provides medication management and contracts with a local psychiatrist who also serves as the administrative medical director. We have nurses on staff as well as licensed therapists and counselors.
Effective Addiction Treatment and Therapy
NATC provides highly effective addiction treatment as well as individual, group, and family therapies. Students receive individual, group, and/or family therapy as well as access to psychiatric/medical services and assistance with medication management. Therapy, skill-building, educational assessment, experiential activities, social/recreational activities, spirituality, etc. are part of the recovery-focused interventions offered at this level of care.
NATC is an intensely Christian program and offers intervention that is consistent with Christian values. Moreover, our ultimate goal is to create life change in the boys in our care. Without life change, they will go right back to their addiction after a few days, weeks or months. Anyone can go through detox and get off alcohol or drugs for a short while, especially in a highly monitored environment. Our goal is to provide long-term recovery and lifetime avoidance of addictive substances once the boy leaves our program, even when hard knocks hit.
As the name implies, New Adventure Treatment Center provides adventure-based therapy, addiction treatment, and other non-traditional forms of treatment that have proven to be successful in over 50 years of our work with teenagers. We have a certified CrossFit gym, basketball court, a 15-element ropes course with dual zip lines, a fishing pond, and many other on-campus activities. We take advantage of the outdoors and regularly go camping, hiking, rappelling, rock climbing, etc. Our residents learn to integrate fitness and activity into their recovery and life management plan. They practice alternative/positive behaviors which support recovery.
Without a totally new mindset and life focus to fill the void, the boy will return to their addiction, again and again, ravaging their future relationships, trustworthiness, career, finances and their physical and mental health. The addiction will utterly destroy their future.
We focus our efforts on permanent recovery, no matter how long it takes. While the level of medical care provided in our addiction recovery program can be expensive, we work with insurance companies and community donations to help parents keep the out of pocket cost for that part of the program to a minimum.
We work on the underlying person, rebuilding them up from the inside out. Boys learn to “own” their mistakes, solve them, and not repeat them. Along with our staff, peers in the program are a critical force in showing the way, because these individuals who have been in the program longer and naturally mentor and want to lift up the newer residents.
If there is one thing that is common to all addicts it is that they have become the best of liars — to friends, employers, family and even to themselves. Moreover, they are blame-shifters, never taking responsibility for their own actions. Truth and transparency are a pivotal focus, often taught with tough love, but always approached with acceptance, understanding and care. Eventually, the boy realizes that the only way to live is to put away his constant lies and approach life from the truth.
Boys come to New Adventure Treatment Center with life-controlling issues, destructive habits, dysfunctional behaviors, and/or mental health challenges. We endeavor to help boys manage their own behaviors. The focus is not on controlling them, which invites power struggles, but on empowering them to themselves deal with life-controlling problems, form new habits, develop healthy functioning, and manage emotional issues.
We believe that boys can and should take responsibility for their actions and lives. They are not merely powerless victims of circumstances or disease. They can make positive choices even in difficult situations and despite traumatic histories. Boys can, however, become stuck in destructive habits and dysfunctional patterns. It is our job to help the boys break free of these unproductive patterns, develop new life skills, and learn to manage their own lives in a way that is healthy and productive.
It should be noted that our emphasis on empowerment does not negate the need for structure, rules, or even consequences to actions. These things are necessary and help provide a stable environment for clients. Ultimately, they are in place for the purpose/goal of empowering clients to manage their own lives, behaviors, and emotions. We endeavor to help boys acquire the skills necessary to lead healthy, fulfilled, productive lives.
A Few Addictions We Treat (Among Others)
Drug and alcohol abuse is prevalent in younger and younger demographics. The worst part of this is that many parents have no idea what symptoms to look for. The physical, emotional and behavioral changes come on gradually.
It’s important to begin by understanding that you likely don’t know everything going on with your teenager. Even if your teen or young adult finally admits that he is using, you may not getting the whole story. What sounds like experimentation may be a habit. Not every teen who uses becomes a full-blown addict. Teens who are only experimenting may be able to turn things around before it’s too late. Then again, they may be more deeply involved with addiction than they’re willing to let on. There’s no way to know, until you know. You don’t want to take that chance, so recognizing the signs and acting on that knowledge is crucial.
Keep in mind that drug use is usually just a symptom of a deeper, underlying issue. Many teens are struggling with anxiety, depression, isolation, social and academic pressures, low self-esteem, social media/gaming, and family issues (such as divorce, illness and addiction). From a parent’s perspective, these things may be trivial, but for a teenager, these may be cause for them to seek solace and acceptance in drugs.
Addiction typically comes with a ton of paraphernalia. If you have an addict in your home, you may even be harboring some of these materials yourself, without even knowing. If you have suspicions, be on the lookout for butane lighters, baggies, roach clips, bongs, crumpled balls of tin foil (and check for resin/residue).
If your teenager is smoking marijuana, they may take to carrying a bottle of Visine around with them. Many carry Visine in a pocket, glove compartment or purse. Yes, remember to check the car.
The odor! Most people know what alcohol and pot smell like. Don’t doubt what your own senses are telling you. If you think you smell marijuana or alcohol, you’re probably right. Consider also that teenagers will use cigarette smoke, cologne, or other potent smells in an attempt to cover the scent of drugs. If they have suddenly grown interested in burning incense in their room, for instance, it is most likely to cover up the smell of pot.
All too often, teenagers begin experimenting with substances they find in their own home. Often, this substance is alcohol, but it can also include pills. When a toddler swallows them, it’s accidental. When a teen takes them, it’s intentional. Keep them out of reach by locking them up. Keep an eye on your liquor cabinet, as well, especially if you have suspicions.
Pay attention to your child’s body and body language. The effects of drugs and alcohol have noticeable physical effects. Marijuana may cause sudden weight gain because it increases appetite and decreases activity levels. Cocaine and crack can cause sudden weight loss.
Meth causes tooth decay, sores, insomnia, sallow skin color, constipation and paranoia. And look out for a change in the smell of their breath. Every teenager goes through changes which are perfectly normal and healthy. The trick is to identify changes which are obviously unhealthy or come on seemingly overnight.
CHANGES IN BEHAVIOR
You know your child’s habits and academic tendencies. One of the first things you may notice is that motivation, physical appearance, and grades are affected. Apathy about schoolwork sets in or increases. Pay attention to this sign. Something else is going on, whether it’s a real academic challenge or an emotional struggle.
Look at the people your son is choosing to spend time with. Is he hanging out with troublemakers and hoodlums? Take note. He is gravitating to the kids with low expectations of him. If he’s using drugs with them, he is following their lead in order to fit in. When a teen is feeling insecure and lonely, all he wants is to belong somewhere, where there is no pressure. This leads him away from the over-achievers and the A+ students. Instead, he finds himself in the school parking lot with the burnouts, following their example.
A using teen will avoid family activities. Whether it’s family gatherings, dinner out, or the movies, your child insists on staying in their room, door closed. Your teen is withdrawn and uncommunicative. There might as well be a sign on the door – Stay Out! Don’t Pay Attention to Me! Combined with other evidence and behavior changes, this is actually an invitation for you to intervene. Your teen will deny it, but it is a call for help. They can’t fix themselves.
Your child may also be irritable and have violent outbursts. Suddenly, they’re easily set off by even the slightest provocation. They might become sullen and withdrawn. Even a once-quiet child may explode with uncharacteristic aggression. Pat attention to these mood swings, as they could easily be more than typical teenage emotions.
Healthy teenagers can great pains to look their best. They feel judged at school and struggle to maintain a certain appearance for others. If your son has begun using drugs, their hygiene and attention to their appearance are often the first things to go.
FINANCIAL CONCERNS (theirs and yours)
Don’t dismiss a few missing dollars. Drugs and alcohol cost money, and most teenagers don’t have a consistent stream of reliable income. Your child will tell you that you’re crazy, just imagining it, or that you spent it yourself. Not wanting to believe their child is stealing from them, most parents will second-guess themselves. This is often the first stage of denial. As with the other early symptoms of addiction, learn to trust your instincts.
Denied expensive drugs, many teenagers will turn to using anything they can get their hands on. Huffing is an inexpensive way to get high with products found at home. Common among younger teens, inhalants come in third behind alcohol and tobacco as the most used substances among teenagers. Inhalants are a class of drugs which includes just about anything that comes in an aerosol can. Common substances of abuse include air freshener, whipped cream, spray paint and hairspray. They contain butane or toluene, which can cause serious damage to the brain, bone marrow, kidneys and liver. Other cheap highs come from glue, paint thinners and markers. All of them can be deadly.
There are some concrete steps you should take as soon as you detect substance abuse in your teenager. First, document what you have seen and heard. Remember, your teenager will almost certainly deny any and all accusations. No matter how solid your evidence, they will very rarely admit to their addiction. On the other hand, when you choose to seek help, it’s important to have as much information as you can.
What does that help look like? Early recovery is an extremely tumultuous time in anyone’s life, regardless of age. With teenagers, however, the path to recovery can be even trickier. Many of them are not going to believe they are addicts, even if their substance use has begun to create complications. “I’m too young to be an addict” or “I can’t give up substances this early in my life, I’ll miss out on so many good times in the future”. You might hear variations of these complaints or anything in between. For this reason, a residential treatment center is often the best choice. Many addicts require a period of separation and stability in the earliest stage of recovery to ensure their chances of staying sober.
New Adventure Treatment Center (on the campus of Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch) is a certified addiction treatment center within Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch. If your son is struggling with addiction issues, he needs professional help to ensure permanent recovery. This program employs experienced and well-educated therapists and counselors to make sure that his drug addiction is a thing of the past. Call 888-289-6818 today – swift action can prevent your teenager’s addiction from spiraling further out of control.
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Former Attorney General
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Darren Reynolds, MA, is a tireless innovator and team-builder. He has worked with troubled youth for nearly 30 years. He became the Executive Director of Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch in 1996. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling.