Adolescent Programs

Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health Services

Aurora Behavioral Health West offers short-term, acute care services to meet the needs of adolescents, ages 13 through 17, who are struggling with emotional and psychological problems. Adolescents are treated and cared for by licensed professionals whose combined specialties focus on dealing with depression, substance abuse, aggression, rebellion, self-injury and suicidal behaviors. Our hospital offers a safe and secure environment staffed with caring and highly trained professionals, providing an atmosphere that promotes stabilization and healing.

Common reasons to seek inpatient treatment are:

  • Mood disorders (Depression, Bipolar Disorder)
  • Anxiety disorders (Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder)
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempt
  • Self-harm behaviors
  • Threatened, attempted or engaged in physical violence to others
  • Substance abuse
  • Delusions, hallucinations
  • Patients needing medication stabilization

Every adolescent client who is admitted to our hospital will receive an in-depth assessment. This assessment will help evaluate the patient's functioning as well as the patient's physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual strengths and needs. They will work with our psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and therapists to create an individualized treatment plan that addresses their specific needs.

Aurora’s adolescent program focuses on helping our patients understand their thoughts, emotions and needs. The goal of inpatient treatment for the adolescent is to effectively deal with the crisis, reduce the symptoms, develop more appropriate behavior and learn effective coping and social skills. Our highly trained staff focuses on empowering adolescents by helping and educating them to:

  • Accept responsibility for their behavior
  • Consider the consequences of their behavior
  • Examine their values
  • Develop effective communication skills

Through a strength-based approach to treatment, we provide education on mental health and wellness to our patients and work with them on identifying and practicing the use of healthy coping skills. We work with each patient as an individual, addressing each of their unique needs through a multidisciplinary treatment approach. Adolescents will gain skills in the areas of developing healthy boundaries, learning how to appropriately express emotions, using effective communication skills, increasing self-esteem, managing anger and developing social skills.

Aurora recognizes the need for a holistic approach to treatment which offers multiple avenues for engaging patents in the treatment process including:

  • Intensive assessment and evaluation
  • Medication management
  • Group, individual and family therapy sessions
  • Recreational and expressive therapies
    • Art Therapy
    • Music Therapy
    • Movement Therapy (yoga, tai chi, meditation)
  • Stress management and coping skill groups
  • Patient education to improve understanding of the illness
  • Chaplain services and spirituality groups
  • Aftercare and discharge planning

It is our goal to provide patients with new healthy skills that they will use for life after they are discharged from the hospital.

Adolescent Inpatient Detox & Chemical Dependency Program

Aurora Behavioral Health Systems also offers adolescent inpatient chemical dependency services for those requiring detoxification and treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. Our goal is to empower patients to live their lives and learn ways to manage stress without the use of drugs and alcohol. As each patient’s path to recovery is different, we recognize that every patient is an individual and deserves to be treated with dignity, care and respect. We believe addiction is a treatable disorder and that care provided by compassionate professionals in an environment of support and mutual respect heightens patients’ self-esteem and promotes medical, emotional, spiritual and social recovery.

Treatment is offered in a structured, but supportive environment by a multidisciplinary treatment team including psychiatrists, physicians, addictionologists, social workers, family counselors, nurses, adjunctive therapists, chemical dependency counselors and dieticians. After a comprehensive assessment and evaluation is completed to identify a patient’s strengths and needs, this multidisciplinary team develops an individualized treatment plan including input from the family/support system. 

We focus on a practical approach to treatment including a variety of services:

  • Intensive assessment and evaluation
  • Group, individual and family therapy sessions
  • Recreational and expressive therapies
  • Stress management and coping skill groups
  • Patient education to improve understanding of the illness
  • Chaplain services and spirituality groups
  • Aftercare and discharge planning

Our first priority is providing the intensive care and support needed to medically stabilize patients and begin the medical process of detoxification. Most patients can be successfully detoxed within a three to six day period, but the length of stay is determined on an individual basis depending upon the substance of abuse, its frequency and amount, and any concurrent medical or psychiatric issues that may arise. One of the program’s primary goals is the patient’s continuation in chemical dependency treatment upon discharge. Chemical Dependency Counselors work with patients on an individualized basis to identify the appropriate level of care the patient needs.

We accept admissions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To learn more about our adolescent inpatient services, please call our 24/7 Patient Service Helpline at 480.345.5420 and/or download our brochure.

Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Therapy

Aurora Behavioral Health System’s Outpatient Services offers an Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program, or IOP, designed to provide a concentrated, time-limited, comprehensive therapeutic environment for the treatment of mental health and substance abuse issues. The focus of our Adolescent IOP program is to provide an encouraging environment, promoting healthy choices and self-awareness that leads to positive behavioral and emotional changes. 

The program is designed for individuals and principles of recovery, whether as a step down from an inpatient setting, or simply someone needing treatment and support. It offers a much-needed intermediate level of care serving as a bridge between inpatient hospitalization and a traditional office outpatient setting. This service appeals to parents, patients, school counselors and other providers because of its ability to possibly prevent hospitalization as well as to supply a wide array of services in a relatively short period of time, offering the support patients need in order to successfully transition back to home and school.

Our IOP treatment team develops a unique treatment plan specifically tailored to each patient affording everyone the opportunity to develop coping skills necessary to maintain recovery. Since we are hospital based, patients have access to a multidisciplinary team of experts that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, registered nurses, master’s-leveled therapists and chemical dependency counselors. Patients and their families are also encouraged to consider themselves part of the “treatment team.”   

Each group meets three hours a day, three days a week, usually for an eight-week period. However, the length of stay depends on a patient’s unique treatment plan. And, a patient can enter the program at any time. We also ask that family members actively participate in their child’s treatment by attending one session every other week.

Common reasons to seek outpatient treatment are:

  • Mood management
  • Dealing with anger effectively
  • Social skills, self awareness and self esteem
  • Healthy communication and boundaries
  • Relationships and support
  • Grief, loss and trauma resolution
  • Self injurious behaviors
  • Maintaining recovery and wellness
  • Goal setting and life skills

Help is only a phone call away. Aurora is where healing starts and the road to recovery begins.

To learn more specific details about our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program, please see brochure and call our 24/7 Patient Services Helpline at:  480.345.5420