At Desert Hills, a leading alcohol abuse treatment center in New Mexico, we know that today’s youth are facing a number of different mental health problems and additional daily stressors that may prevent them from successfully navigating their way into adulthood. This is why we offer a number of specialized treatment services, so that we are able to treat a multitude of mental health disorders and/or substance abuse disorders and provide these children and adolescents with the opportunity to have a promising future. Alcohol abuse is a serious condition that can become very disruptive in a child or adolescents life and if ignored will only lead to more serious complications down the road. Defined as the habitual misuse of alcohol, alcohol abuse has the potential to impact every aspect of a child’s or adolescent’s life. In addition to developing an addiction, alcohol abuse can lead to the onset of social difficulties, academic failure, and legal problems.
Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, our treatment center provides a continuum of behavioral health services ranging from sub-acute residential treatment to community-based programs for children, adolescents, and their families. Since opening in 1990, our treatment center has grown from a small residential center to the largest continuum of behavioral health services for the state of New Mexico, with three different locations where individuals can access services. In order to ensure we provide the highest quality of care possible while meeting all of our patients unique needs, we provide ongoing training and supervision of all staff members, making sure they are up-to-date on the latest evidence-based treatment modalities. For those who are struggling with alcohol abuse, our treatment center provides a specific unit that is dedicated to providing intensive substance abuse therapy for adolescent males and females. Through participation in this specific treatment option and the addition of traditional therapeutic methods your child will be able to break the hold that alcohol has on them.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have determined that your adolescent child is abusing alcohol, it can be infuriating and while your natural instinct may be to immediately confront your child screaming at them about how much trouble they are in for drinking, there a better ways to handle this type of situation. It is understandable that you are angry, but if you come at your child with nothing but anger they are only going to resent you and it will not solve the problem at hand. Here are some things that you can do to help address the situation in a more productive manner:
- Do not hesitate to seek professional support and help
- Address issue directly and in a positive manner
- Be honest with your child
- Lay down clear rules and consequences
- Monitor your child’s activity
- Encourage other interests or activities
- Try to talk to your child and figure out why they may have starting drinking to begin with
- Never stop providing them with love and support
- Get outside support for yourself
Why Consider Treatment at Our Center in New Mexico
Alcohol interferes with an individual’s ability to perceive reality and make good decisions, which can be hazardous, especially in regard to adolescents who have less experience with problem-solving and decision-making. Impaired judgment can lead to car accidents, drowning, and engagement of other risky behavior that can lead to poor outcomes. Additionally, while it may seem like no big deal right now, over time alcohol, abuse can lead to the development of multiple health concerns. Overall, even the development of even one lasting effect can stop an adolescent from taking care of necessary responsibilities needed to achieve a bright, successful future. This is why it is important to get help for your child as soon as you are aware that a problem exists.
While alcohol abuse has the ability to spin out of control and ruin an adolescent’s life, there are many effective treatment options available. Many parents have found that the best option for their child is an adolescent treatment center that not only specializes in adolescent substance abuse problems, but also has the ability to simultaneously treat an existing co-occurring disorder. Treatment for alcohol abuse often includes group therapy, individual counseling, substance abuse, and family involvement. A residential center will be able to provide you with all of these services under one roof, while also providing a secure, structured environment that will keep your child safe throughout the duration of the treatment process.
Treatment Philosophy and Benefits
At our treatment center, we believe that treatment should be strengths-based and should be centered solely on clients and their families. We train, facility wide, on the Nurtured Heart Approach in order to provide all of our clients and their families with inner wealth and opportunities to grow. It is our mission to provide high quality, comprehensive behavior and mental health services to children, adolescents, and their families. Treatment is provided through a continuum of care, ranging from sub-acute residential treatment to community-based programs. All of our services are individualized, culturally sensitive, and centered on clients and their parents/guardians. The clinical emphasis is placed on assessment, treatment planning, discharge, and aftercare planning. The goal is to prepare clients for a successful future in home, at school, and within the community.
Types of Treatment Offered at Desert Hills
Here at our center, we have 10 distinct units, each of which feature treatment that is designed specifically to address the needs of various populations. Adolescents in our substance abuse focused treatment unit will follow the matrix model, which is designed to provide patients with a framework for engaging in treatment and helping them to obtain sobriety. Our treatment center strives to use evidence-based treatment modalities on every unit to ensure that patients and their families have the highest likelihood of obtaining long-term, successful outcomes. Some of the therapeutic services offered at our treatment center are discussed in more detail below:
Medication management: Medication management is provided for all patients throughout each one of our treatment options. This is done to ensure that each patient is getting all of his or her medication needs taken care of, while also ensuring the therapeutic effectiveness of all medications.
Individual therapy: On each unit, patients are provided at least one individual session per week. These sessions are time where patients can meet with a therapist in a safe setting where they can work on changing harmful or negative thought patterns and begin to change high-risk behaviors.
Group therapy: Here at Desert Hills, all of our patients attend group therapy three times per week. These group sessions offer children and adolescents the opportunity to connect with others who are going through similar experiences. Some of the topics that are covered in these groups, depending on the specific treatment a patient is taking part in, include interpersonal effectiveness, conflict resolution, anger management, stress management, and correcting and replacing thinking errors. For those patients who are also struggling with substance abuse concerns, psycho-educational groups are held regarding the effect of substance abuse on the body, brain, and overall functioning.
Family therapy: Since family involvement is important to the overall success of recovery, we hold at least one family therapy session per week for each patient. Family therapy focuses on guiding and facilitating an open dialogue, as well as educating parents, caregivers, and other family members on the intervention skills used in treatment. This process will help ensure the patient’s success long after discharge.
Educational services: Continued education while at our center is a very important part of treatment. Our school provides patients with a positive, safe, and individualized place to learn and grow. All teachers communicate weekly with the treatment team, assuring consistency in the individual goals set for each student.
Additional services that are available depending upon specific patient needs include:
- High and low ropes courses
- Art therapy
- Play therapy
- Equine assisted therapy
- Bilingual mobile assessments
- Peer council
- Services for deaf and hard of hearing patients (administered by deaf therapists and other mental health technicians that are trained in American Sign Language)
- Canine therapy
- Music therapy
- Red rocks
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
All patients from our residential treatment center have the opportunity to step down to one of our many outpatient care options, of which include the following:
Clinical day treatment: This option allows patients to live at home, while also addressing any behavioral or academic issues they may have. These services are provided on a year-round basis for children and adolescents who are middle school through high school aged. There are both regular and special education services available, allowing students to earn summer credits and catch up if they have fallen behind academically. Additional services include group therapy and various experiential therapies.
Group homes: Designed to provide patients who are between the ages of 16 and 21 in need a structured home-based living situation, our group homes provide services that are focused on psychosocial skills development and functioning in the community.
Treatment foster care: This option is licensed and certified by the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department to license, train, and support treatment foster parents and treat children between the ages of 4 and 18 who are placed in their homes. TCF provides around-the-clock clinical supervisions, on-call therapy, and case management services.
Whatever your child’s continuing needs may be, our treatment center provides a wide range of services that will be able to address any and all of those specific needs. We will do everything in our power to help your child overcome his or her concerns so that, upon leaving treatment, he or she can face the world with the strength and confidence needed to be productive and remain successful.