A gradual growth process through multiple stages of recovery provides the structure and framework to be successful.
The LifeLine for Youth program offers a full continuum of care which research suggests is necessary for success when working with youth. Beginning with Residential Treatment, youth can quickly transition to our Day Treatment program and on to Intensive Out Patient services as they progress. When ready, getting the youth back into their lives with continued support and structure around them provides the best opportunity for growth and learning. Where most treatment models fail to provide support when the youth need it most (like going back to school, seeing old friends) LifeLine is with them all the way through the transition.
LifeLine is a family focused treatment program that creates positive change by providing a safe environment based on trust. When we begin with safety and trust, a positive culture that fosters honesty, personal accountability, spirituality and
service to others provides opportunity for individual growth and recovery. A foundation of honesty and personal integrity is essential before youth can develop healthy relationships with family and friends, perform well in school, and make positive contributions to society. A gradual growth process through multiple stages of recovery provides the structure and framework to be successful.
During the Discovery Stage, the student is under constant, 24 hour supervision by mentors, staff and therapists. The focus is on gaining Trust through safety, honesty, and accountability for their choices that have caused conflict in their life and family. Students engage in individual, group, and family therapy as they seek to discover what obstacles are preventing them from being happy and successful in their lives.
Assessment and Evaluation
At LifeLine for Youth, we provide a three week assessment for each student which includes a psychiatric evaluation, psychological testing (MMPI-A, Beck Depression Inventory, Mental Status Exam), a psychosocial history, and a complete lab workup. At the end of the assessment period, LifeLine will consult with any third party case managers or educational consultants and discuss further treatment needs. The primary therapist will then meet with the student and his/her parents and review all the testing and make recommendations for the student’s future treatment needs and options.
Transition back home into their family system begins in the Recovery Stage. The student has earned back trust through a commitment to safety and respect for themselves and others. The LifeLine approach is based on the premise that youth can’t change alone, but recovery within the context of their family. It is essential to provide ample opportunity for family time away from LifeLine as well as on going family therapy to support growth and learning.
Mentoring and Service
While still highly supervised, during the Recovery Stage the student becomes a mentor to help other new students. Selfishness is turned to selfless service as they use the personal awareness and insights they have gained in their recovery, and act as a teacher and mentor for other youth in the therapeutic community. Emphasis now turns to building trust within the family through honesty, better communication, and respect of family values at home.
Relapse Prevention Planning
Each student prepares and presents to their parents a personal relapse prevention plan that identifies “red flags” that may trigger past acting-out behaviors. Alerting parents to the warning signs of relapse provides added support for the student and opens the lines of communication that help prevent a relapse before it actually occurs.
At the Integration Stage students have become leaders and role models in the therapeutic community and in society. Now it is time to put it to the test and integrate new skills and principles in real life situations. Students may transition back to public school and are given much more free time to learn healthy and constructive activities, hobbies, develop new interests and friends, and create good habits. Emphasis is on practicing a complete lifestyle change to replace past destructive behaviors.
Rules and structure fade, but the internalized values and principle integrated in their lives will remain as a guide in making decision going forward. Weekly aftercare support groups are available free of charge to all graduates of the program. Our Therapists are available to the families for out-patient visit and our aftercare staff and are available to receive calls from graduates who just need to talk and receive support.. The trust and relationships developed at LifeLine for Youth are powerful and last a lifetime.