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ViewPoint Center help teens struggling with a variety of behavioral and emotional challenges including substance use and experimentation. Substance use during adolescence can lead to a wide range of negative consequences down the line, and for some teens it has been linked to mental health challenges. Addressing substance use challenges with an integrated approach, ViewPoint Center focuses on the mental health issues teens face, in conjunction with targeted treatment planning based on the individual needs of each patient:
- Medical detox (if stabilization is needed)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Psychoeducation about substance use and consequences
“People should never use substances when their mind is still developing,” says Jennifer Young APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at ViewPoint Center. “There is no way to know if using substances will cause a teen to take off on a path they can’t be reined back from.”
How are substance use and mental health challenges linked?
According to a number of studies, adolescents who use substances are 50 percent more likely to have a mental health disorder than the rest of the population. Adolescent substance use impairs brain function, exacerbates symptoms of mental health disorders, and can cause destructive behaviors. Other consequences of substance use seen amongst ViewPoint patients include:
- Increased hospitalization
- Medication noncompliance
- Decreased social functioning
- Relationship issues within families
About ViewPoint Center
ViewPoint Center, a teen mental health hospital for teens ages 12-17, is located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. With a program lasting 4-9 weeks, ViewPoint Center provides superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization for teens struggling with mental and behavioral issues such as suicidal ideation, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. In a safe, personalized environment, ViewPoint helps teens focus on the healing process.