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Just in: Rehab Center in Massena Doubles Beds for Kids as Young as 12
This month, a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Massena, New York doubled the number of beds for 12- to 15- year olds.
The increase of the facility's adolescent program was prompted by the fact that two years ago not many people coming into the drug rehab center were under the age of 16, according to one of the directors of the facility. But now, roughly one-third of the patients are under 16.
The adolescent program at the Rose Hill Residential Services for Youth is developmentally appropriate for 12- to 15- year olds and the young adult program targets the needs of the patients who are aged 16 to 20.
Evidence-based methods are used across the board, including group, individual and family counseling as well as anger management and holistic approaches such as meditation.
Medication-assisted treatment is available to some of the patients, depending on the nature of their addiction.
The facility provides relapse prevention services, sober socialization gatherings, and 24/7 supervision, with either professional healthcare providers onsite.
Educational services to allow the patients to keep up with their academic programming are also offered by the drug rehab center.
Members of the addiction treatment center stated that one of the many goals of their programs is to reduce the number of teens that end up facing drug-related criminal charges in the area.
Unfortunately, many of their patients have already faced charges or had encounters with the local law enforcement, which may have led them to the facility, to begin with.