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Realizing that your teen is in need of substance abuse or mental health treatment is a difficult conclusion to come to. As a parent, you want nothing less than the best life possible for your teen, so discovering that they are struggling can be devastating for the entire family unit.
Needing help is nothing to be ashamed of, but it can provoke feelings of shame, distrust, anger, sadness, and many other varying emotions. Your teen may struggle to acknowledge that their behaviors are self-destructive and even dangerous, but it’s important for you to be open and honest with your teen about the steps you’re taking with their best interest in mind.
The first step you can take towards getting help for your teen is to make a phone call. The admissions coordinators at Sandstone Care are available anytime to answer your questions and help you to form a plan of action for your teen.
Once the family of a teen reaches out to Sandstone Care, one of our devoted and caring admissions coordinators takes some time to listen to what’s been going on in the life of your teen and the rest of your family. This is just the beginning of the assessment process and is referred to as a “pre-screen” portion of the assessment and admission process.
After the pre-screen takes place, the primary therapist, nurse practitioner, and program director will consult with each other to make sure our program is the best fit for your teen and your family.
Being confirmed as a candidate is just the beginning of what our team does to prepare for your teen’s stay with us. We make sure to consult with any clinicians or other treatment programs your teen has been engaged with prior to being admitted to our program so that we can get a full picture of the clinical and medical history.
Our center places a huge emphasis on the involvement of family members in the program. We believe that when one member of the family unit is struggling, it affects the entire family, which is why we provide support and guidance for the entire family during your teen’s stay with us.
Upon arrivial, you will be greeted by our friendly staff and introduced to the program director, therapist, and a member of our nursing team. We will take some time to talk with you as a family about the program and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. After meeting as a family, your teen will have complete initial evaluation with our primary therapist which is a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment which reviews mental health history, family dynamics, medications, trauma, and academic status. Following completion of the assessment, your teen will then settle into their bedroom, meet their peers, and explore the lodge. In total, the intake and assessment time can take up to two (2) hours to complete.
Within the first 24 hours, your teen will meet with Dr. Donna Nikander to undergo a psychiatric evaluation; this includes completing a comprehensive mental health evaluation and a review of any current and prospective medications which may be helpful with managing their mental health symptoms.
Your teen will also meet with our Family Nurse Practitioner, Savanna Klippel, in order to make sure that they do not have any physical medical concerns that need to be addressed.
We provide comprehensive clinical programming designed to build your teen up and help them come to terms with the things they’re dealing with. The first 24 hours in a new place can be scary and intimidating, but our highly trained clinical staff is there to help guide your teen, and the rest of your family, through this difficult process.
Starting the conversation is the best first step. We are here to help in any way possible!