Education is the first true indicator that something is going on with your child. As parents, we begin to take notice that our child’s behavior has changed when grades arrive and we see a dramatic drop in their performance, it confirms our suspicions that something is not alright. The questions arise in our minds, are they using drugs are they dealing with depression or mental health issues? It is very worrisome and the stress on the family becomes unbearable.
“A teen’s emotional well-being drives their academic success.”
-Denise Achee, Inspirations Educational Director
The days begin to pass, their performance and behavior begin to spiral out of control. Once the family has lost control over the situation they reach out for outside help. Once the decision has been made to send their child to a residential treatment facility, their academics have plummeted. The academic decline effects all teens from the low, average, and to the high academic student. Education is a huge part of your child’s life and as a young adult school is their job. At the end of the day, it is a teen’s emotional well-being that drives their academic success.
Inspirations Education Program
While in residential treatment we have a small window to help teens get their lives back on track. Along with the clinical team, Inspirations educational department works closely to identify areas educationally and clinically that are needed to help them emotionally and serve them academically. The first couple weeks of treatment, the settling in period, we assess, observe and discuss their academic needs to provide a learning environment conducive to each client’s individual needs. Together with their school of origin, an academic plan is devised to keep them on track or get them back on track while in treatment.
It is very important to seek a program with an educational component for your teen while in treatment. As a normal week of school is equivalent to a forty hour work week. New clients often say, “I am missing school, and my parents need to get me out here,” “I am in honors and I have an AP class”. Looking at their records, they have not been turning in work, and their grades are declining. They now play, the “school is important card”. Then there are clients who have been struggling to fit in our school box since childhood and has been continuing to wreck havoc in the schoolroom. They are constantly being reprimanded, and live the story, “I am a problem”, and “I don’t learn from others”. Parents often struggle whether to medicate them to fit in the box or try to accommodate their needs and the constant calls from the school.
“Make sure to check if they are registered with the DOE, accredited or have an accredited online program.”
-A word of advice from Inspirations Educational Director Denise
Many young adults with this story, begin to self-medicate, searching for a solution to feel normal or fit in with their peers. In either of these cases, it is important to remember that it is their emotional wellbeing that will drive their academic success. The overachiever will not return to their previous success and the self-medicating student will not feel normal until the underlining issues have been addressed. We then have the average student, that due to their substance abuse, no longer show an interest in their education, they are continuously absent from school, they no longer turn in homework, and their once average grades are now F’s. I hear from these students,” now that I am here, I am missing more school”, I want to get a GED. In all of these scenarios, the impact of their behavior and or substance abuse feeds into their sense of defeat and lack of motivation, encouraging them to just give up, use more and act out more. They fall into a sense of doom.
Education in teen addiction treatment
By discovering their modality of learning, assessing them in all academic areas, finding the gaps, creating an environment conducive to their individual need. The Inspirations Educational Program is able to help rebuild a foundation that will support their continued academic success.
Not all education programs are equal in residential adolescent treatment facilities. Make sure to check if they are registered with the DOE, accredited or have an accredited online program. What services do they offer honors, AP classes, GED prep, or tutoring? Do they have teachers in all subject areas and what are their credentials? Is there a cost? Education is not covered by your health insurance, those facilities who do charge for education should have all the criteria mentioned above. Those that do not have a charge make sure to ask a lot of questions. Some states will reimburse your education cost. Most facilities have payment plans, discounts, and scholarships available upon request.
Coming to grips that your child needs residential treatment is a very concerning and stressful time. Education plays an important role in your decision and doing your due diligence when choosing a residential program. It is important to know that your child’s academic needs will be met from admission to discharge.