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Teen Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs)

Our teen residential program provides a safe, home-like environment where teenagers can recover effectively from addiction and mental health issues.

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Teen Residential Treatment Overview

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What is teen rehab?

What is Teen Residential Treatment?

Our residential treatment centers for teens provide inpatient treatment to adolescents who struggle with addiction as well as co-occurring mental health disorders like anxiety and depression.

A 45-60 day program, our inpatient treatment for adolescents provides a safe space for your teen come to terms with their challenges through therapy, medication management, and support from caring staff.

To ensure their continued success after treatment, our aftercare team will ensure your child keeps their momentum by connecting them with resources they can turn to after treatment.

How We Are Different

Sandstone Care aims to drive positive lasting change in real people. We understand that your teenager is unique, so we offer a more individualized teenage inpatient treatment experience than you’ll find anywhere else.

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Age-Specific Care
Age-Specific Care

Addiction and mental health issues impact teens differently than any other age group. That’s why we tailor our treatments to be specific to the needs of developing minds.

Evidence-Based Therapy
Evidence-Based Therapy

The professionals at our teenage treatment centers only use treatment interventions that have been scientifically proven to provide consistent, lasting recovery.

Small Group Sizes
Small Group Sizes

Your teenager is more than a number, which is why we keep our programs small enough for them to get the focused mentoring they need.

Individualized Treatment Plans
Individualized Treatment Plans

Your child is their own unique person, so they will get their own unique treatment plan that is built around their goals and circumstances.

Academic and Vocational Support
Academic and Vocational Support

We want your teenager to thrive, which includes not putting their education on hold. Our residential program offers on-site teaching to help your child reach their academic goals.

The Family Component
The Family Component

When someone in your family struggles with substance use, it affects every single member. We provide family therapy and parent support groups to help heal the whole family.

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Would highly recommend for anyone with a teen struggling with substance abuse and mental health.

We have felt included and supported and are so grateful for the care they’ve provided to our son at such a vulnerable and scary time.

Cindy G.

Residential Treatment Centers for Teens

Our admissions team will help you find the right center for your child based on availability, length of stay, academic support needs, travel considerations, and your insurance provider. Explore our residential programs for teenagers below.

Maryland Teen Rehab

Maryland Teen Rehab

2020 Martins Grant Ct., Crownsville, Maryland, 21032

(667) 458-6880
Age Groups: Teens
Levels of Care: ResidentialAssessments
Treatment Programs: Mental HealthSubstance UseDual-Diagnosis
Sandstone Care's Colorado Teen Rehab's spacious deck with outdoor furniture overlooking mountains.

Colorado Teen Rehab

5250 Pikes Peak Hwy, Cascade, Colorado, 80809

(719) 249-2465
Age Groups: Teens
Levels of Care: ResidentialAssessments
Treatment Programs: Mental HealthSubstance UseDual-Diagnosis

When to Seek Teen Treatment

It can be difficult to know the difference between your child experiencing the natural stress of growing up, and when your family needs some more support. Some signs that your child may benefit from programming at residential treatment centers for teens include:

  • Overwhelming mood swings
  • Academic struggles
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Risky behaviors (such as self harm or substance use)
  • Social isolation

If you or your child have noticed these signs, then it is time to consider treatment at a residential facility for youth. Remember, you are not failing them as a parent by getting your teen the help that they need.

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Teen Treatment Program Curriculum

Our residential treatment for youth centers around a 7-week curriculum of group process topics that help teens understand their challenges from all angles. This curriculum gives your child the knowledge, tools, and compassion needed for positive change.


Week 1: Teens explore skills and topics that aid them in learning more about themselves and their recovery identities (as opposed to their substance using or poor mental health identities). They focus on introspective subjects like self-esteem, self-discovery, values & morals, attitudes & beliefs, and self-acceptance.


Week 2: Teens learn new social skills, including how to navigate and create healthy relationships with friends, family, partners, teachers, and other important people in their lives. They examine how they fit into these different relationships in a prosocial way, and focus on improving skills like communication, assertiveness, codependency, boundary setting, impulse control, compassion, and more.


Week 3: Teens develop positive coping skills like grounding techniques, while also focusing on subjects like the effects of substance use on the brain, grief & loss in addiction recovery, building resilience, coping with trauma, self-nurturing, and maintaining safety.

Inner Work

Week 4: Teens learn skills that will help them handle life’s inevitable challenges. They explore topics like anger management, building trust in relationships, making commitments in recovery, and problem solving. They also learn how to assess triggers and cope with cravings in healthy ways.

DBT (Part 1)

Week 5: Teens learn all about the first two branches of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance. They explore related topics like mindfulness meditation, recognizing different states of mind, self-soothing, as well as WHAT skills, HOW skills, ACCEPTS skills, and PROMISE skills.

DBT (Part 2)

Week 6: Teens finish up their lessons on Distress Tolerance and begin learning about the last two branches of Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotional Regulation. They dive into related topics like accepting reality, goals and roadblocks, distortions and stories, mutual purpose and respect, DEAR MAN skills, smooth SAILING skills, and SERENITY skills.

Stress Reduction

Week 7: Teens develop stress reduction skills this week and learn how to distinguish between good stress and bad stress. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills, they begin to understand how stress affects the mind-body connection, appreciate what parts of life they can and can’t control, and learn helpful ways to cope with stress and painful situations.

Sandstone Care Advantage

The Obvious Choice for Effective Treatment

At Sandstone Care, we believe in personalized and specialized care. Unlike generic treatment approaches, we understand that each person’s circumstances are unique.

Using thorough assessments, our licensed therapists and medical professionals gain a deeper understanding of your child’s background, challenges, and goals. We then equip your teen and your family with the necessary tools to support your child’s recovery journey.

With our full continuum of care, your teenager will receive the right level of support at every stage. Whether they need high-support inpatient care at a teenage residential treatment center, or just a few hours of outpatient treatment a week, our expert team will find their best fit.

Program Highlights

Our residential treatment for teens considers each child’s unique social, physical, and emotional development, so they can have the best chance at achieving a long-lasting recovery.

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Small By Design

Each residential treatment facility for youth provides clinical environment with small group sizes and a max number of 22 patients.

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Serene Environment

One of our residential treatment centers for teenagers is nestled peacefully in Pikes Peak Mountain in Colorado, and the other spans across six acres of wooded properties in central Maryland.

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Length Of Stay

Teens typically stay 45-60 days and develop customized aftercare plans with their therapist to enter other programs or smoothly transition back to home life.

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Family Focused

Family involvement is difficult and sometimes painful work, but we believe it is crucial for treatment to be effective. Family therapy is foundational to our residential treatment programs for youth.

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What We Treat at Our Residential Facilities for Youth

In our teen residential program, we work on helping teens to uncover the root cause of their addiction, and then empower them to disrupt the cycle they are trapped in.

We specialize in helping teens navigate their use of:

  • Alcohol
  • Opioids
  • Marijuana
  • Stimulants
  • & More

We also understand that substance use and mental health conditions often occur together. One issue might feed off of the other, creating a vicious cycle. That’s why we make sure mental health conditions are addressed during teen treatment.

Getting Off the Couch

Teenagers grappling with mental health challenges and substance use often struggle to communicate, which can make traditional talk-therapy difficult for them.

That’s why our therapy is not the sofa-based, teeth-pulling kind. At our youth residential treatment centers, we use experiential therapy which includes dynamic activities to help your teenager find new ways to process their emotions.

Whether your teen resonates with exploring the outdoors, expressing themselves through art or music, or finding connection through equine therapy, our empathetic staff will help them find personalized healing that feels effective for them.

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Kind hearted people willing to go the extra mile for not just the struggling teen but for the entire family.

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Finding What Works Best for Your Teen

Every teen we serve is unique and responds differently to different therapies and activities, so we offer a wide range of treatment approaches in individual and group therapy settings.

Our licensed staff members use evidence-based practices equip teens and their families with the tools they need in order to make positive, healthy changes in their lives.

Some of the treatments and therapies we use include:

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT equips your teen with practical skills to manage emotions and improve relationships.

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Equine Therapy

Engaging with horses can promote emotional growth, confidence, self-awareness, and other crucial life skills for your teen.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EDMR)

EMDR guides your teen through processing traumatic experiences by reducing their emotional impact.

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Music Therapy

Utilizing music as a tool, your teen can learn to express their emotions healthily.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT guides your teen in identifying and changing negative thoughts and behaviors.

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Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

This mindfulness-based therapy helps your teen accept thoughts and feelings to build a resilient mindset.

Wilderness Therapy

Engaging in outdoor experiences can promote self-reflection, connection, and teamwork for your child.

Art Therapy

Through painting, sketching, and other types of art, your teen can explore their emotions while reducing stress.

Arriving at Our Residential Treatment Centers for Youth

When you arrive at one of our residential treatment centers for adolescents, you’ll be greeted by our friendly staff and introduced to the program director, therapist, and a member of our healthcare team. We will take some time to talk with you as a family about the residential program for youth and answer your questions.

After meeting with the family, your teen will have a complete initial evaluation with our primary therapist. This comprehensive bio-psychosocial assessment reviews mental illness history, family dynamics, medications, behavioral issues, and academic status.

Following completion of the assessment, your teen will then settle into their bedroom, meet the other residential treatment teens, and explore the lodge. In total, the intake and assessment time will take about two hours.

Intake Process with Adviser and Client at Cascade Canyon
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We’re available 7 days a week to help answer any questions you may have.

Your Care Team

In our residential treatment program for teens, our team members are more than just clinicians – they’re mentors. Beyond providing expert therapeutic insights, they will actively engage with your child on a personal level.

Each resident is assigned a multidisciplinary team, which includes a psychiatrist, individual therapist, family therapist, nurses, teacher, and recovery counselors to help them succeed.

These mentors play a crucial role in helping your teen to build support systems and learning valuable life lessons. By acting as positive role models, they provide your teenager with accountability, a listening ear, and a compassionate perspective to help them picture what their future could look like after treatment.

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The Continuum of Care

Care for Wherever You Are in Your Journey

Access a full range of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Whether you need a safe transitional living community, inpatient care, or outpatient therapy, we have a program to help.

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You Have Questions. We Have Answers.

Our goal is to provide the most helpful information. Please reach out to us if you have any additional questions. We are here to help in any way we can.

Each individual’s treatment team consists of six experts who specialize in teen trauma, substance use, and teen mental health treatment including our program director, family therapist, primary therapist, psychiatrist, teacher, and medical director (supported by our psychiatric nurse practitioner).

Our residential academic program is scheduled for two hours per day, five days a week. The program is led by a certified teacher who works in collaboration with the client’s home school to obtain current classwork to help keep your teen current in his or her schoolwork. In addition to our addiction and mental health services, Sandstone Care has partnered with LearnWell Academy to provide our comprehensive education services to ensure your teen stays on track.

Residential centers are rehabilitation services that are provided outside of a hospital setting and typically offer longer stays within the facility. These live-in centers provide structure, assistance with employment or education, as well as group and individual therapies that focus on addressing underlying psychological or behavioral problems related to substance abuse.

Inpatient rehabilitation often involves a short-term stay within a hospital setting with health professionals and is used in emergency situations to help stabilize their health. Teens in those situations often continue treatment in follow-up outpatient programs at teen treatment centers.

At our teen residential treatment centers, teens are provided with semi-private, comfortable bedrooms with beautiful views. We balance privacy and safety, to make sure that every teen in treatment can heal in a secure, supportive, and structured environment.

Sleeping arrangements in our residential treatment facilities are designed to facilitate a structured schedule. By following this routine, we help adolescents avoid the challenges associated with being exhausted, which helps them to engage at their best during therapy and activities.

Open communication is crucial, and during family sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your teen’s sleep schedule and habits. We are committed to working together to ensure the best possible outcomes for your teen’s journey.

When you enroll your child in residential treatment for teens, you not only help them recover from substance use and mental health issues, you are giving them the opportunity to get the skills they need to lead a fulfilling life. Some of the benefits that your teen will enjoy from adolescent behavioral residential treatment include:

  • Structure and routine with 24/7 support
  • Individualized therapies to help them gain healthy coping skills for their specific needs and goals
  • Stronger family connections from family therapy sessions
  • One-on-one mentorship from our team leaders who set strong examples for the future
  • Healthy relationships with other teens who truly understand what they are going through
  • Support to get back on track with their schoolwork
  • A guided transition back home to continue healing long after treatment

Between our intentional, thoughtful programming and certified, compassionate staff, our juvenile residential treatment centers will have your teenager feeling like themselves again in no time.

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Let’s Take the Next Steps Together

We understand taking the first step is difficult. There is no shame or guilt in asking for more information. We are here to support you in any way we can.