The formative years of puberty are a difficult time for teens. Beset by hormonal changes, new responsibilities and a changing social landscape, teens often feel a great deal of mental and emotional stress. For some teens, however, behavioral health problems such as mental illnesses, eating disorders and substance use disorders can develop. In these situations, teens need professional help.
Sovereign Health’s adolescent treatment program is designed to help teens with behavioral health issues build the tools they need to mature into productive, responsible and healthy adults. Our clinicians design personalized treatment plans for each young patient to address his or her unique needs.
Mental disorders that begin to manifest during the adolescent years include:
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bulimia nervosa
- Bipolar disorder
- Major depressive disorders
- Anxiety disorder
Mental disorders can spur desperation to cope with negative psychological symptoms by abusing substances. Co-occurring conditions are referred to as a dual diagnosis.
Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego treats adolescents 12-17 with mental health and addiction issues. We also provide eating disorder treatment for teenage girls.
We have inpatient residential treatment programs for teens (RTC) as well as partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient care (IOP).
Red flags of developing mental disorder
Mood swings due to substance abuse and mental disorder are often hard to recognize because normal pubescence includes fluctuations in mood as the brain develops in fits and starts. Other red flags of developing mental disorder include:
- Memory, attention or concentration difficulties
- Dramatic decrease in enjoyment overall and time spent with loved ones
- Significant drop in school performance
- Resolute resistance to attending school, absenteeism
- Pronounced fluctuation of energy levels, sleeping or eating patterns
- Stomach aches, headaches, backaches
- Expressed or demonstrated feelings of hopelessness, anxiety or sadness – accompanied by frequent crying
- Aggression, defiance, disobedience or lashing out verbally
- Marked neglect of hygiene or personal appearance
- Thrill-seeking behavior – could be dangerous or illegal
- Irrational suspicion of others
- Seeing or hearing things others do not
- Substance abuse
Signs of an eating disorder can be:
- Disordered eating, developing love/hate relationship with food
- Significant weight loss
- Hair loss
- Pale or grey appearance to the skin
- Secretive eating patterns; reclusion or marked negativity directly after eating
- Sore throats or swollen glands
- Calloused knuckles
- Often complaining of feeling cold
- Low blood pressure
- Constipation or incontinence
- Loss of menstrual cycle
- Bloodshot or bleeding in the eyes
- Bruising under the eyes, on the cheeks
- Hiding food in strange places
- Flushing uneaten food down the toilet; sometimes causing plumbing problems
Alcohol and substance abuse
Alcohol abuse in minors can be harder for parents to detect due to teenage fads to get drunk such as:
- Alcohol-soaked tampons used by boys and girls
- “Butt-chugging” cough syrup
- Smoking alcohol vapors
Substance abuse is also difficult for parents to track because prescription pills are misappropriated, and designer drugs are ever-changing. Signs of drug abuse largely overlap red flags of mental disorder but also include physical signs such as:
- Red or glassy eyes
- Frequent sniffing or runny nose
- Dilated pupils
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive scratching or picking
- Distortion of space and time
- Becoming overly talkative
- Slurred speech, staggered gait
- Loss of sense of smell
- Uncontrollable laughter
- Slowed or accelerated reflexes
Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego provides holistic treatment for alcoholism, substance abuse, eating disorders and other mental disorders.
Because eating disorders and most addiction issues stem from mental disorder, Sovereign Health believes treatment must begin in the brain and heal outward. All tracks of treatment in our adolescent recovery include a full deck of cognitive therapies, including:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Play therapy
- Anger management
- Stress reduction skills
- Solution focused therapy (SFT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy skills (DBT)
- Grief counseling
Group therapy consists of process groups featuring:
- Stress management
- Anger management
- Symptom management
- Addiction coping strategies
- Expressive groups
- Sobriety groups
- Substance abuse educational groups
- Trauma informed care (TIC)
- Solution-focused therapy
When a child has an addiction problem or a mental disorder, it’s not an isolated circumstance – it affects the entire family unit. Sadly, all too often these issues are a manifestation of earlier trauma or severe family dysfunction. Treatment therefore, should involve the immediate family members to foster lasting recovery.
Rehab centers for teens are effective when they are inclusive.
Sovereign Health Rancho San Diego provides weekly family therapy and monthly intensive family weekends. This facilitates getting all issues out in the open and addressing anger and resentment issues while also providing formidable tools for practical issues that arise in the family dynamic. Family workshops help to ensure that when the young person returns home, it will be to a unit of support, transparency and peace.
Why choose Sovereign Health?
Sovereign Health is a leading treatment provider in mental health and all manifested issues: alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders and psychological distress. We are committed to individualizing treatment to secure A Better Way to a Better Life.