All Kinds of News for April 09, 2019
Trails Carolina, a wilderness therapy program for young people ages 10-17, observes Alcohol Awareness Month this April by offering advice and insight into substance use treatment for teens who started to experiment with alcohol.
“Teen substance use can stem from any number of challenges that young people may face such as depression, anxiety, identity issues, or trauma,” says Todd Green, MSW, LCSW, Primary Therapist at Trails Carolina. “Many of the teens I work with say that substances can help numb the negative emotions they are dealing with. However, substances also numb the positive feelings as well. Drugs and alcohol are not selective in how they create those feelings of numbness. Substances serve as an unhealthy distraction for teens wishing to escape their issues.”
At Trails Carolina, therapists work closely with students and their families to address the underlying challenges that have driven students to experiment with substance use. They utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness.
“For many of the students I work with, I use a model that takes a similar premise to the Seven Challenges model,” comments Green. “This model meets students where they are at in their healing process. It examines how substance use began and what parts of a student’s life it has interfered with. Through this model, students develop alternate activities that help fill the void that has previously been filled by substance use. Another piece of the model is taking specific measures to prevent a relapse from occurring. Students create a straightforward plan in case they feel like they may relapse or have relapsed. “
Learn more about how Trails Carolina wilderness therapy helps teens struggling with substance use issues in their blog on the subject or by calling 800-975-7303.
About Trails Carolina
Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapyprogram based just outside of Asheville, North Carolina that offers a multi-dimensional wilderness therapy model to troubled adolescents, ages 10-17. Trails capitalizes upon the profound effects of a student’s wilderness experience, and then combines that experience with strong clinical assessments and therapy. For additional information about Trails Carolina, please call 800-975-7303.