Misconceptions

Mental health treatment facilities for adolescents have been around for decades...

James Ekbatani
April 2, 2024

Most Common Misconceptions

Mental health treatment facilities for adolescents have been around for decades, but misconceptions surrounding these facilities continue to persist. Some of these misconceptions can deter parents and guardians from seeking help for their children, while others can lead to unrealistic expectations of what treatment can provide. In this blog post, we’ll address some of the most common misconceptions surrounding mental health treatment facilities for adolescents. We’ll also highlight the services that Lotus Behavioral Health offers as an adolescent residential treatment facility for teenagers aged 12-17 who have substance use disorder.

Misconception #1: Treatment facilities are only for “bad” kids.

One common misconception is that mental health treatment facilities are only for kids who are “bad” or “troubled.” In reality, adolescents with a wide range of issues can benefit from residential treatment, including those struggling with substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. Lotus Behavioral Health welcomes teenagers that have a substance use disorder. A substance use disorder is when an individual struggles to manage their use of alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, or other substances. People commonly refer to this as addiction. The goal of counseling is to identify potential triggers and find healthy coping mechanisms to work with internal or external conflict. At our residential treatment center for teenagers, patients receive a safe environment to focus solely on their health. Treatment facilities are for those who are looking to renew and restore wholeness in their lives.

Misconception #2: Treatment facilities are like jails.

Another misconception is that mental health treatment facilities are like jails, where teens are locked up and forced to stay against their will. While there may be some facilities that operate in this way, most adolescent treatment centers are designed to provide a safe and supportive environment where teens can receive the care they need. Lotus Behavioral Health is proud of our 20,000 square Center of Excellence. Inside, we have a 41-bed facility, recreational spaces, learning classrooms, and a counseling center.  In fact, the American Psychological Association notes that successful treatment requires a collaborative effort between the teen, their family, and the treatment team. A foundation of Lotus Behavioral Health’s treatment plan is family-focused care. This helps to bridge any communication gap that is hindering effective and open dialogue.  

Misconception #3: Treatment is a one-size-fits-all approach.

A third misconception is that mental health treatment is a one-size-fits-all approach, where all teens receive the same therapy and treatment regardless of their unique needs. In reality, effective treatment is tailored to each individual’s needs and goals. Our comprehensive treatment program assesses each teen’s strengths, weaknesses, and goals to design a treatment plan that fits their needs. At Lotus Behavioral Health, we believe that every client requires an individualized approach. This can include a variety of therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, and family therapy, as well as support for education, career planning, and life skills development.

Misconception #4: Treatment is a quick fix.

Finally, there is a misconception that mental health treatment is a quick fix, where teens go in for a few weeks and come out “fixed.” In reality, treatment for mental health issues is a long-term process that requires ongoing support and care. Successful treatment often involves a combination of therapies, medication, and support services. Most importantly, it requires a commitment to try.

At Lotus Behavioral Health, we understand the unique challenges that teens with substance use disorder face, and we’re committed to providing individualized care that addresses each teen’s unique needs. Our comprehensive program includes therapy, education, and support services designed to help teens develop the skills they need to overcome their challenges and achieve their goals. Our treatment team includes licensed therapists and medical professionals who work together to provide the highest quality care possible.

In conclusion, mental health treatment facilities for adolescents can be an invaluable resource for teens and their families. By dispelling some of the common misconceptions surrounding these facilities, we hope to encourage parents and guardians to seek help for their children when they need it. At Lotus Behavioral Health, we’re proud to offer compassionate, individualized care for teens with substance use disorder, and we’re committed to helping each teen achieve their full potential.

To receive more information, contact us for an intake consultation at (833) 884-7246 or visit our website and fill out a form if you’re looking to receive more information.