ARISE® Adolescent Intervention
The adolescent and teen years can be difficult for many families. The challenges at home or school can create enormous stress for families in the short term and may lead teens down a path towards substance use and or compulsive behaviors. The use of substances or behavioral compulsions (e.g., binge eating, food avoidance, Internet and gaming) during these developmental years can lead to life-long developmental physical, emotional, and mental health consequences. An adolescent intervention is different from that of an adult intervention. Although, technically, a minor can be mandated to treatment, with an ARISE® Intervention the goal is for treatment not to be an ultimatum, but rather the willing choice of the Person of Concern. When the young person goes to treatment voluntarily, they are more likely to participate actively in the process right from the beginning, rather than being resistant and possibly acting out for a week or more. The major difference with adolescents is the clear understanding that the word of parents is final and if the teen remains resistant, they will still be sent to treatment if the parents decide it is in their best interest.
Age Appropriate Treatment
Until recently, adolescents were given the same treatment as adults. The assumption was that what worked for one age group must work for all age groups. This “one size fits all” approach was previously thought to be the most effective method of working towards recovery. However, studies show that these strategies were not only less effective on adolescents, but sometimes have adverse and negative results. Adolescents and their families have different needs than adults. Thus, strategies to assist struggling adolescents must also be different.
Young people are the most prevalent users of prescriptions drugs, with over 17,000 young adults dying from prescription overdose. Intervention on an adolescent can often prove difficult, as most adolescents are only in the beginning stages of their addiction. While consequences may already be present in early addiction, for adolescents abusing substances in these early stages substances often still feel “new” and “fun and the negative consequences are not enough for them to want to change their habits. Empathetic, caring intervention that includes family members and the Person of Concern in decision-making have proven an effective way to help a loved one towards recovery.
Intervention for Whole Family Healing
An adolescent intervention is an opportunity for your struggling adolescent to get the help they need. A Certified ARISE® Interventionist will establish a connection with your family and Person of Concern, opening the door for whole family healing. Using a compassionate Invitational Intervention™, the ARISE® Continuum of Care is a gradually-escalating process that leads your loved one into appropriate treatment and recovery. Your adolescent is invited to join the process right from the beginning with no surprises, no secrets, no coercion, with absolute respect and love. ARISE® places the utmost importance on removing blame, shame and guilt as we introduce your family to a new life of recovery and healing. The Person of Concern does not need to hit bottom before getting help.
ARISE® Continuing Care focuses on the Certified ARISE® Interventionist working with the Intervention Network and addicted individual to prevent relapse, initiate long-term recovery, and complete the work towards family healing and recovery.
ARISE® gets over 83% of individuals into treatment within 3 weeks, 96% into treatment within 6 months and 61% in recovery by the end of the year. Your Certified ARISE® Interventionist will help you select a treatment facility that best fits the needs of your loved one.
If your loved one appears to be affected by addiction, struggling with mental health, or exhibiting failure to launch behaviors in their adolescence, an ARISE® Intervention can be an effective way to get your loved one and your family the help they need to move forward. With the support of helping professionals, friends, and family, it IS possible to overcome addiction in adolescence.