Addiction Care for Teens

Treating substance-use disorder in Michigan teens.

We understand that treating teens for addiction, also known as substance-use disorder, isn’t the same as treating adults. Teens who experiment with addictive substances, such as opioids or alcohol, often don’t consider the possible consequences of their actions, or they may feel like nothing bad is going to happen.

We recognize that teens with addiction issues come from all backgrounds and geographic areas. While there’s no formula that leads a child to substance abuse, many teens with addiction do come from home environments in which parents, close relatives, and friends also struggle with substance issues. These circumstances can lead teens to believe it’s no big deal if they use alcohol, marijuana or other dangerous substances. In addition to their problems with addiction, teen drug use can lead to behavioral issues, such as getting in trouble at school or even with the law.

Warning signs of addiction in teens

Watch for these potential warning signs of substance-use disorder in your teen:

  • Emotional changes, such as sudden changes in mood, irritability, depression, or lack of interest
  • Family changes, such as starting arguments or withdrawing from family members
  • Physical changes, such as fatigue, red or glazed eyes, or frequent health issues
  • School and social changes, such as a drop in grades or poor behavior

We work to identify these and other issues teen patients are facing as part of our comprehensive assessment and diagnostic process. This involves interviews with your teen and other family members. We use this information to recommend treatment options to your family. Learn more about our assessment and diagnostic process.

Addiction treatment options for teens

We personalize treatment for each of our patients and their families for the best results. Your teen will take part in either outpatient addiction treatment or our Intensive Outpatient Program.

After completing treatment, most teens attend weekly group therapy sessions for a minimum of six months. Our Early Recovery Group, or ERG, is designed to help teens and families continue to work on the healthy communication and problem-solving that starts during treatment, as well as to establish long-term plans for recovery. The ERG is available at:

Supporting your teen’s recovery

Family members must be actively engaged in every aspect of their teens’ addiction treatment. We require a parent or guardian to participate, and we’ll work with your family to help establish a mutually supportive system for recovery.

Teens often benefit from learning about addiction recovery from people their own age. Many of our former patients work with us as mentors to teens who are in recovery.

We offer a variety of educational programs and support groups for teens and family members in addition to formal treatment and therapy. Patients and loved ones also may benefit from taking part in 12-step programs for continued support. Learn about education and support resources in our community.

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