OAK BROOK, Ill., June 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention report that by grade 12, about two-thirds of students had tried alcohol, about half of students in grades nine through 12 reported having ever used marijuana, and among grade 12 students, nearly two in 10 said they used prescription drugs without a prescription. In response to the growing need for support, Compass Health Center – Oak Brook now offers substance abuse services to adolescents ages 13-18 who have a primary mental health diagnosis of depression, anxiety, or OCD complicated by substance abuse.
Compass’ comprehensive, evidence-based treatment model supports teens by teaching skills to manage their mental health symptoms while working to maintain sobriety. These services are now available to patients registered at Compass Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Care (IOP) Programs for Adolescent Mood and Anxiety.
“In Compass’ concurrent treatment program, therapists provide adolescents with access to a structured and safe treatment environment that helps them build the foundation for a lasting recovery. We take this opportunity to help them improve their mental health and to learn skills to help them manage any triggers in a healthier way,” said Kerry Lusignan, LCSW, Clinical Director, Compass Health Center – Oak Brook.
According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 60% of adolescents attending community-based substance use disorder treatment programs also meet diagnostic criteria for another mental illness. Studies show that symptoms of mental illness can lead to drug and alcohol abuse. Additionally, drug and alcohol use typically begins during adolescence, which is when the signs and symptoms of mental illness often appear.
“Adolescent substance use is an ever-evolving problem. As adolescents continue to face increased exposure and access to riskier substances, we continue to see more and more patients seek medical advice. mental health services who could also benefit from support and For our patients already struggling with a mental health diagnosis, substance use often impedes their ability and motivation to develop healthy coping skills and successful long-term recovery,” said Stephanie Snow, LCPC, CDAC, Associate Primary Therapist, Adolescent Program, Compass Health Center — Oak Brook.
“While mental health and addiction are often treated separately, we want to recognize and appreciate how they influence each other, by targeting them at the same time. Compass hopes that by providing addictions service at PHP levels of care and IOP, we can see that this segment of our population is much more engaged and successful in treatment,” Snow continued.
At Compass, each patient receives an individualized treatment plan that includes a comprehensive psychiatric assessment, group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, experiential therapies, as well as ongoing reassessments and modifications of care as needed. Treatment modalities include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help individuals build healthy relationships and prevent destructive relationships, manage urges and impulses related to substance use and practice prevention.
“If a teenager experiences any of the following behavioral changes, it may indicate that they need to seek help: withdrawing from friends and family, lowering their grades, losing interest in their hobbies, weather, lying frequently, or having drug paraphernalia in their room, backpack, or car. At Compass, we offer intake assessments so families can receive a referral as to whether treatment is needed,” said said Lusignan.
Compass’s group therapy model offers patients the opportunity to connect with others, normalize experiences, and strengthen group accountability from a mental health perspective alongside a concurrent substance use disorder.
Compass teen addiction treatment services are available at all treatment centers in person, Oak Brook, Chicago and Northbrook, and virtually through Compass Virtual.
Learn more about Compass Health Center’s substance use services for teens here.
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