A group of twenty teen boys were taken out for a supervised game of Paintball. These teens were not summer campers. They were from Inspirations for Youth and Families addiction treatment center. The day-trip was just one of the many they embark on everyday from Major League Baseball games to deep sea fishing.
Clinical types call this recreational therapy, however, for Inspirations it’s just one of the many programs that make the teen boys and the teen girls rehab part of a new breed in addiction treatment centers.
“While these outings are not commonplace in the profession due to the high costs incurred by treatment centers, we look at things differently at Inspirations,” said Karen Corcoran-Walsh, owner and founder of Inspirations for Youth and Families. “There is empirical data that suggests teens in recovery- who engage in activities outside the treatment center on a frequent basis – have a lower relapse rate.”
Inspiration’s robust recreational therapy program is just one example of how the drug, alcohol, and mental behavioral center has raised the bar for adolescent addiction treatment. Another facet of the program is it’s educational academy. This on-line based educational system allows teens to catch up with their studies and even graduate while in rehab. The teens spend hours each day in the computer lab completing lessons from their school. Inspirations is affiliated with the Florida Virtual School, an accredited, public, online e-learning school serving students in grades K-12 all over the world.
Last year, Inspiration’s academy entered a Broward County school video contest and took home first place among 1,500 contestants. The Don’t Text Don’t Drive public outreach initiative taught the teens the inner-workings of video production as well as the serious consequences from texting while driving. Inspiration’s first place finish worked wonders for the teen’s self-esteem.
“Inspirations is a dual-diagnosis addiction treatment center,” said Corcoran-Walsh. “Dual diagnosis is the term used when a person has a mood disorder such as depression and a problem with alcohol or drugs. A person who has a dual diagnosis has two separate illnesses, and each one needs its own treatment plan.”
Even the way Inspirations feeds its teens is unique. The teens, who live in apartments equipped with fully functional kitchens actually participate in the preparation of a weekly grocery list and go food-shopping. While these activities seem mundane, they are critical life skills for the teens to learn as part of the recovery process. The development of basic life skills like food shopping is an essential first-step in an effort for a teen to both achieve and maintain sobriety.
For Inspirations, no deeds go unnoticed. The teen rehab owners Karen and Chris Walsh as well as CEO, Dr. James Hughes, were guests on the Dr. Phil Show, where they participated in a live intervention. It was one of Dr. Phil’s most highly-rated episodes. At the end of the show, it was decided that the teen needed to go to a drug rehab for her addiction and Karen and Chris graciously offered the teen a one-year scholarship.
While Inspirations’ addiction treatment model is rooted on the 12-Steps recovery program, alternative treatment modalities like music and art therapy as well as yoga. and Electronic Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) play a large role in their overarching treatment program.
Inspirations for Youth and Families continues to provide new offerings in drug and alcohol abuse and mental health treatment, This is a win-win for the treatment profession as its competitors scurry to keep up with the industry leading provider.