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The Benefits of Inpatient Treatment for Struggling Teens

Finding out that your teen has a problem with drugs or alcohol can feel like your world is crashing down around you. Perhaps you never suspected there was a change in your teen's behavior, or you simply never thought it could happen to you. Or maybe you had a hunch, but were hoping to be wrong. No matter the situation, the reality of a drug addiction is a frightening one indeed.

The initial discovery can be extremely hard to grasp, but as a parent, looking the other way can only make the problem worse. Your teen needs assistance now, before the situation can accelerate. Addiction can threaten everything from academic performance today to relationships and career prospects in the future, and help is absolutely imperative.

Teen Treatment Center is a licensed, accredited adolescent treatment facility for teens ages 13 to 17. With customized therapy in a gender separate inpatient setting, we are prepared to provide the support, stability, and discipline necessary to help your teen recover with confidence. Please call (844) 319-5239 to learn more.


What Is Inpatient Residential Treatment?

Inpatient treatment, also known as residential treatment, is a form of therapy for addiction or disorderthat involves living full time in a dedicated facility. In this environment, teens in need have access to care around the clock, including doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, and psychologists who can assist with detox and recovery.

In inpatient treatment, a patient's entire life is devoted to moving on from drugs and alcohol. Leisure activities are generally extremely limited, encouraging those in rehabilitation to focus fully on health and wellness. With 24/7 oversight and management, teens struggling with drugs can overcome both the physical and emotional ramifications of drug abuse.

Why Residential Treatment Works

Residential treatment is generally considered the most effective option for those working to remedy drug and alcohol addiction, providing a solid base of support throughout the challenges of withdrawal and the road to sobriety. For teens especially, residential rehabilitation offers a strong, effective base for recovery, creating an atmosphere free from friends, drug dealers, parties, and other sources of negative influence.


In an inpatient facility, teens are fully committed to abstinence from drugs or alcohol, whether they want to be or not. There is no access to a supply, no way to sneak out or lie about use, and no opportunity to justify or defend behavior to parents or friends who may be willing to deny the severity of a problem. Instead, teens must be accountable for their own behavior and truly focus on why they use and what it will take to stop.

Additionally, residential care can be personalized to teens' needs, offering support that specifically addresses what teens in crisis require to succeed. Therapeutic strategies, topics of conversation, and even treatment for co-occurring disorders can be personalized to the unique facets of your teen's abuse. No matter the substance your teen is using, the root of his addiction, and any other issues he may be facing, like PTSD, anxiety, or depression, the right treatment center can find an effective way to approach your teen's struggles. Treatment centers can also provide academic assistance, vocational training, legal services, and more to assist your teen in a comprehensive, well-rounded way.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Care

Inpatient care isn't the only option for treatment. Some facilities do offer outpatient programs, providing a convenient method of care that can work around obligations like school and sports.

Outpatient certainly has its merits, especially after the conclusion of time in inpatient treatment, but for teens, starting with an outpatient program is generally not the best way to move forward. One of the main benefits of inpatient programs lies in the ability for teens to enjoy a clean start away from the pressures of friends, school, parties, and romantic interests. Outpatient care doesn't address any of these aspects, allowing teens to continue to exist in the same environment that led to initial drug use.

Additionally, due to the time restrictions often placed on outpatient appointments, much of which involves group therapy in a 12-step format, outpatient programs cannot be customized to a teen's needs like residential therapy. While certainly not a bad approach for some substance abusers, outpatient therapy eliminates virtually all of the benefits teens can gain from inpatient rehabilitation. During the height of addiction, convenience isn't a priority; an effective way to curtail addiction is.


Gender Separate Treatment

At Teen Treatment Center, gender-separate treatment is one of our main strengths. While there is nothing inherently wrong with blending genders in most contexts, a gender-separate treatment center provides a safe, secure way for your teen to seek sobriety in an atmosphere free of judgment.

We separate genders at Teen Treatment Center for several reasons, including:

  • Co-occurring disorders: males and females often suffer from distinct and separate co-occurring disorders. For example, girls are far more likely to fall victim to eating disorders, while boys more frequently suffer from ADD or ADHD.
  • Likelihood of trauma: women are far more likely to have turned to drugs as a result of trauma, like sexual abuse or emotional abuse.
  • Relapse triggers: the factors that drive relapse can differ between the genders. For example, interpersonal issues and the presence of a significant other are more likely to cause substance use in girls than in boys.
  • Elimination of distractions: for many teens, the presence of the opposite gender can provide a massive distraction, taking focus away from the efficacy of rehabilitation.

Roadblocks to Residential Treatment

For some parents, committing to an inpatient rehabilitation program is a tough pill to swallow. Making this choice means accepting the reality of addiction, pulling your child out of school, and sending him away to recover in peace.

Even for parents who know the importance of rehab, there can be many roadblocks on the road to treatment. These deterrents may seem like compelling reasons to withhold or delay rehabilitation, but nothing is important enough to delay enrollment in a treatment program.


Some parents prioritize location when seeking rehab programs for their teens. In some cases, this can be a benefit, but in others, limiting location to what's in your city or state can be a significant detriment to your teen's healing.

The best treatment center may not be close to your home, but that's not a reason to forgo getting help. Addiction is a disease just like any other serious illness, and the right support is worth the distance.

At Teen Treatment Center, we go above and beyond to close the gap, providing time in the first 24 hours for teens to call family members and subsequent call time slots at least twice a week for parents to check in. Read more on Location.


In many cases, your teen will have no interest in rehab. In fact, he may fight you, lock himself in his room, beg, plead, or even cry to get his way. For some parents, this may work. It's easy to believe that your child is remorseful and will change on his own, but unfortunately, this is unlikely.

Drug addiction isn't something that can be easily quit, especially with the strong influence of the developing teenage brain. Your teen needs professional interference and it doesn't matter how he feels about it. At the end of the day, his health comes first. Read more on Unwillingness.


The urgency of rehab isn't always apparent. Despite the importance of seeking treatment for drug abuse as soon as possible, finding reasons to delay treatment, like school requirements, job shifts, family obligations, and more is common.

However, nothing should stand in the way of treatment. If addiction is affecting your teen's grades, behavior, mood, or family interactions, seeking help cannot wait. Tests can be made up, shifts can be switched, and vacations can be rescheduled, but addiction can easily spiral out of control without immediate assistance. Read more on Urgency.

Being Away From Your Teen

Spending time away from your child is never easy, even when they are on the cusp of adulthood. The urge to monitor their every move, care for them, and make sure they are okay is overpowering, especially in the midst of a crisis like drug addiction. In fact, you may even feel as though addiction is your cross to bear and your problem to solve.

In reality, getting help is a wonderful reason to spend time apart. Despite your best intentions as a parent, drug addiction is an extremely complex issue and self-cures at home are likely not enough to tame the issue before it's too late. Teen Treatment Center is prepared to serve as your teen's home away from home, offering a safe place to stay, nutritious meals, a comfortable bed, and plenty of support, creating a residential environment where your teen can break his addiction and recommit to a substance-free life.

Act Now

When your teen shows signs of substance abuse, the time to act is now. Addiction only grows worse, not better, over time, and without access to professional aid, drug use today can transform into lifelong struggles tomorrow. Teen Treatment Center is a dedicated resource for teens in need, providing compassionate yet effective care in a fully residential facility.

If your teen is trapped in the grips of drug addiction, help is here. Please contact Teen Treatment Center today at (844)402-3605 to see how we can make a difference for you. Our counselors are standing by 24/7 and all consultations are strictly confidential.

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