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What are Treatment Centers for Teens Like?

According to the National Institute on Teen Drug Abuse, there are just as many varieties of drug treatment for teens as there are for adults. Most of these treatments are very similar in both form and function. This is also true for teen treatment centers. One of the major differences between adult centers and teen centers is teen centers are often only voluntary with parental consent.

Intake Appointment

The first thing that you will experience in a teen treatment center as well as an adult treatment center is an intake appointment. Here is where an addiction counselor goes over:

  • The schedule
  • The rules
  • Dos and donts of treatment
  • Phone and other privileges
  • What is expected of you

The counselor might also go through any amenities that the program has. You will also probably be searched and have your belongings searched. This happens in all inpatient rehab centers. Each center is different as to what they allow you to bring in and what they don’t. You might want to ask what is allowed before your intake appointment.


teen treatment center activities

Teen treatment centers provide access to various activities, including hiking and other outdoor options.

The beds in most facilities are comfortable but most teen facilities have people housed at least two to a room. You will most likely have a roommate. Some facilities match roommates with addictions while others match depending on what bed space they have open.

The housing situation usually is individual to the facility but most of them try for pleasant, neutral accommodations. Some facilities have a limited number of single rooms but these are usually reserved for those who need a quiet space to detox from a drug.


You will go through withdrawal usually with medical assistance depending on the type of drug you are addicted to. Each person is different when it comes to withdrawal but most teen centers attempt to cover the basics when it comes to withdrawal.

There are places where you can be if you wish to be left alone and there are group spaces where you can interact with others while you are in withdrawal.


The activities offered depends on the type of treatment center. Each center will have its own amenities. Some treatment centers are rural while others offer more urban activities. Typical activities offered are:

  • Sports
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Other activities

The activities at teen centers tend to be more teen oriented. They work on teen problems such as trust building, peer relationships, and social skills. Many of the adult treatment centers focus on more adult concerns. It makes sense that teen activities are more centered on teen concerns rather than those of adults. Most people who attend a good teen treatment center do not return to drug use once they get older.

Why are there so Many Types of Addiction Treatment Centers?


As with all activities most teen centers have schedules that you have to follow. These schedules include counseling, therapy, medical visits, and medication management. These are normal activities for all rehabs. For more information or to find a teen treatment center near you call us at 800-256-3490.

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Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline will be answered or returned by one of the treatment providers listed, each of which is a paid advertiser: Rehab Media Group, Recovery Helpline, Alli Addiction Services.

By calling the helpline you agree to the terms of use. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses. There is no obligation to enter treatment.

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