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How to Find an Addiction Treatment Center for Your Teen

Addiction Treatment Center for Your Teen - The School Solution School

Addiction Treatment Center for Your Teen – The School Solution School

The School Solution helps families find schools and addiction treatment centers for their troubled teens. The School Solution is owned by Karen Mabie, a certified educational consultant who is highly qualified to fully assess a child’s academic, social, and emotional needs so they can be properly matched with the right program or addiction treatment center.

There are so many residential options with unique therapeutic and educational approaches, somewhere there is a place for every child to succeed, and Karen can find that place. With a comprehensive approach to placement Karen visits more than 60 schools and programs every year and personally evaluates each one to assess the specific therapeutic and educational supports they provide.  

Addiction and Troubled Teens

Addiction in troubled teens is an extremely serious nationwide issue at the moment. Research suggests that over 3 million people over the age of twelve used illegal drugs for the first time in 2010: of the new users, 57% were under age eighteen. Drug abuse has also increased the risk for suicide in young adults and teenagers. In fact, reports show that suicide is the third most common cause of death for individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 in America.

Some levels of experimentation and risk-taking behavior are expected during the teen years, as the prefrontal cortex and other regions of the brain involved in impulse control, willpower, and healthy decision-making are not yet fully developed.

Establishing early addiction treatment is vital during the teen years as rates of drug use doubles in young adults ages 18 to 25.

Addiction is a problem that needs to be addressed with the help of medical and mental health professionals. In 2010, over 138,000 people ages 12 to 17 were treated at specialized addiction treatment centers. By going to addiction treatment centers troubled teens discover they are not alone.

Finding Addiction Treatment Centers

While a wide variety of addiction treatment centers exist, finding the best environment to address your child’s individual needs can be daunting. This work is our specialty.

Every person, no matter what age, benefits from a sense of security and safety. Finding the right match means placement in an optimum environment where teens feel psychologically, emotionally and physically safe and therefore available to heal and grow.

The first step in finding the best match in an addiction treatment center is assessing needs and diagnosing the level of addiction to help you find the treatment center that is most appropriate. Different treatments are better for different levels of substance abuse and addiction, and some treatments vary in their methods used as well as in the length of treatment.

Teen facilities are spread throughout the country and available in just about every state. Some families may want treatment close to home, while others may find it more beneficial to change scenery completely and attend a facility far from home.

How Addiction Treatment Centers Work

Specifics of the programs for troubled teens may differ to address the unique circumstances of this population, however most of the treatment models are the same for addicts of any age. The length of most treatment programs stretches from 30 to 90 days with some continuing on with aftercare. While in rehabilitation, teens live in a structured environment that is conducive to sobriety. Here, the temptations of the outside world will not be present and they can focus on eliminating addiction and developing coping skills.

Teen addiction programs are designed to treat more than just addiction because substance abuse affects many aspects of a user’s life, including brain function and behaviors. The biggest part of treatment in a teen rehab facility will be counseling. Through therapy, any underlying emotional or mental problems will be addressed, and teens learn the skills needed to stay sober. Counseling uses various methods to help the addict overcome his or her addiction and take control again. Some examples of counseling methods used in teen treatment centers may include:

  • Contingency management
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Family counseling

The School Solution: The Answer For Teen Addiction Treatment Centers

The School Solution has the professional expertise to help you make wise, well-informed decisions that can positively affect your teen’s future at this crucial time. Helping families find the best option for their children is our mission. With years of experience in placement, our goal is to find the best match for addiction treatment helping students put their addictions behind them so they can start a bright new future.

As a parent, it can be hard to know whom to trust with helping your child through this tumultuous time. You can take care in knowing that Karen Mabie is affiliated with the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). Any IECA member can be trusted to work with your family, address your child’s needs, and help find a proper solution and program. Not to mention, Karen Mabie has many professional affiliations and memberships–such as Learning Disabilities Association, National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, and more–so you can rest assured you are in good hands.

We will work on behalf of students and their families—not the schools or institutions. We are here for you. No matter where you are in the journey you can always call, and visit to help better prepare a plan of action.

Call us today at (847) 242-0865, or email Karen Mabie: kmabie@theschoolsolution.com to get started on a journey back home.


I have known and worked with Karen for many years and have found her to be a dedicated and insightful professional. Her integrity and ethics are evident in her efforts to help families find the right fit for their child.

- Brad Matheson, Admissions/Partner Wingate Wilderness



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