All Kinds of News for June 07, 2017
Solstice West had the privilege to participate in an important episode of ABC News 20/20, featuring the work that they do with their students on Social Media Addictions. Solstice's philosophy on addiction is a little different than other Residential Treatment Centers, in that they approach the thing that is causing addiction as a symptom of a core problem. A few Solstice West students have unresolved trauma or attachment issues, where social media has met a need for them. Social media is a new type of addiction that is extremely accessible for many adolescents.
The Solstice West student featured in this story, Brooke, said,“They had no respect for me. It was just like, ‘Send me this,’ like, ‘Do it now!’” Brooke said. “I was up all night, sending pictures [of myself to strangers]. When I did it and I got those compliments, I got that attention, and it just made me feel really good.”
Her father said, "When she was home and she was up in her room, I always felt more secure, because, okay, she’s home. She’s safe. But it was a complete false sense of security because she’s up there in her room with her phone on the internet.”
Raising awareness about these issues has become very important to the Solstice programs. Through the program, they are teaching the parents how to handle these issues and set boundaries around electronics. Solstice is passionate about helping their students to recover from addiction.
About Solstice West RTC Solstice West RTC was founded in 2008 in Layton, UT. We serve females and transgender students aged 14-18 as a licensed residential treatment center focusing on complex diagnoses, utilizing our clinicians' deep understanding of Trauma Based Therapy. As a clinically focused treatment provider, our clients receive individual, group and family therapy in conjunction with a variety of treatment modalities like Adventure Therapy and Equine Therapy program. All the different treatment modalities offered assist clients in learning new skills kinesthetically and get to their core problems quicker.