FAQs

Can I visit the program before committing?

At Paradigm Treatment, we welcome all prospective clients, who wish to visit, explore our facility, and meet with members of our treatment team. We recommend that you visit any treatment program you are considering before making a commitment. If a program is reluctant to allow you to visit, or presses you to make a commitment before you visit, this is cause for concern.

How many teens are in your program?

We serve a limited number of youth at a time in any treatment setting. Experience has taught us that keeping our groups in this smaller range results in dramatically better results for those we serve. It is one of many features that make us different from other teen treatment programs.

Will my child have her own room?

We offer both private and semi-private rooms. If you would prefer to reserve a private room, please inform us at the earliest possible time to insure that space will be available.

How long is your adolescent treatment program?

The average length of stay at Paradigm Treatment is thirty to forty five days. As a direct result of the intensity of our program, this is sufficient time for most young people to achieve meaningful, sustainable changes. Programs that require a commitment of longer than thirty days prior to diagnostic testing should be examined carefully. It is our belief that quality treatment should be both intensive and brief. This allows adolescents and their family members to get back to their lives as quickly as is appropriate. We never ask a family to commit to a stay beyond 30 days up front. Rather families can make an informed decision with the treatment team if and when they wish to extend their stay for any period of time.

Who will be providing treatment? How is that different from other programs?

At Paradigm Treatment we have assembled a unique, world-class team of professionals who have devoted their careers to the treatment of young people and their families. The core of our treatment team has worked together for more than fifteen years. Our therapists are each devoted to identifying and treating the underlying causes of addiction and behavioral health issues, rather than merely focusing on behaviors themselves.

Who else will be in treatment with my child?

The importance of this question cannot be underestimated. Many treatment programs do not have stringent admissions criteria. As a result, teens that enter such programs are frequently, and unnecessarily, exposed to peers who introduce them to new destructive behaviors and dangers. At Paradigm Treatment, we are committed to a thorough screening process to ensure that all persons accepted into the program are a good fit. In an effort to create a safe treatment environment, we do not accept persons with known histories of violence, sexual perpetrators, fire starters, gang affiliated youth, or those who have a history of behaviors which might put others at risk. We are committed to maintaining an environment that is both physically and emotionally safe for all participants.

How often will my child receive individual therapy?

Paradigm provides all participants with one-on-one sessions 5-6 days a week. The use of group sessions to treat young people is appropriate and effective. It is important to note however, that it is possible for many important issues to go unaddressed in a program that relies too heavily on this modality. Individual sessions offer participants a unique opportunity to share privately, away from their peers. If a program is offering one-on-one sessions only one or two times a week, valuable treatment opportunities are likely to be missed.

How will attending treatment impact school?

When families come to us they often report that the person for whom they are seeking treatment has been having difficulties associated with school. The student may feel hopeless and discouraged. They may be thinking of quitting school, or may be convinced that their prior performance will prohibit them from getting into the University of their choice. Programs that offer school programs that work in a silo, are often times ultimately unhelpful in getting academic careers back on track. It is important to know the specifics of the educational components of any treatment program.

At Paradigm Treatment, all program participants are provided a thorough education assessment upon admission. The on-site teacher, working in conjunction with the primary therapist will devise an aggressive plan that will assist the participant in achieving their short and long term academic goals. With the permission of families, when appropriate, academic plans are coordinated with the participant’s home school. In addition to working with the on-site classroom teacher, participants work with tutors from UCLA and Pepperdine University one-on-one in any areas that prove to be especially challenging. Oftentimes participants arrive at treatment trailing behind in their studies and return to their schools, ahead of their classmates.

What types of diagnostic testing and assessments are conducted?

A treatment plan can be no stronger than the assessments upon which it is based. That is why at Paradigm Treatment, all participants are given multiple assessments upon admission. We believe that it is imperative that we learn all that we can to design the best course of treatment. It is important to note that this approach differs from the standard. At most programs, teens are assessed by an unlicensed, paraprofessional who is charged with determining if there are factors present that would justify sending the youth to a licensed professional for an evaluation. Experience has taught us that this approach frequently results in important factors going undiscovered until a great deal of valuable treatment time has been lost. It frequently sets youth up for failure, and requires that they remain in treatment much longer than would have been otherwise necessary. 

What will the rest of our family be asked to do?

At Paradigm Treatment, we believe that family involvement is imperative for the successful treatment of all our program participants. We recognize that family members may be unable to participate in all aspects of treatment as a result of work commitments, geographic location, or other factors. For this reason, we make every effort to reach out and provide our services by tele-health, telephone, or other means when necessary or desired. We offer Parent Coaching, Education and Effectiveness Training, Individual Family Therapy, Multi-Family Therapy, Sibling Support Groups, and ongoing Parent Support Services. Our team is available to answer questions and provide support to families, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days a year. Our family support services are available to all program graduates and their families.

Do you provide gender specific treatment?

Yes. But it is imperative to distinguish between gender specific treatment and gender exclusive treatment. Gender specific treatment allows programs to focus on the unique needs experienced by young men and women during the challenging transition of adolescence. This is very different however from gender exclusive treatment in which programs treat only one gender, or segregate genders.

The latter approach can easily create a dynamic where important issues are avoided rather than addressed. If an issue is going to arise related to how an individual relates to the opposite gender, we want that issue to come up during the course of treatment so that we may address it accordingly. What we want to avoid is creating an artificial, single gender environment in which the teen may thrive; only to return them to a co-gendered world.
Numerous studies support our belief that while gender specific treatment is desirable, it is more effective to treat young people in a co-gendered setting, as this best reflects real life. The end result of effective treatment should be a young person empowered with the skill and knowledge base required to have appropriate, healthy relationships, with persons of both genders.
 

Will my family’s confidentiality be protected?

At Paradigm Treatment we take confidentiality very seriously. Every employee is subjected to an exhaustive background check and must sign a stringent confidentiality agreement. We never allow community meetings or media into the facility. Our efforts to protect our client’s confidentiality exceed the highest industry standards and regulations. We take great pride in the fact that we have never had a breach of confidentiality.

Are treatment programs for teens different than adult programs?

The treatment of adolescents requires a very different approach, skill set and knowledge base than those required to treat adults. Youth have specific needs related to their physical, emotional, and social development. It is important to know if the directors and staff members of any adolescent program have a history of successfully treating adolescents. It is also important to know if the treatment of adolescents has been, and remains, the primary professional focus of every team member. The treatment of youth should be a provider’s long term focus rather than something they have recently shifted to, or something they do on the side. Many programs divide their attention between youth and adults, or “young adults.” At Paradigm Treatment we exclusively treat adolescents.

Do you provide any services other than residential treatment?

Our single focus is residential treatment for youth. We credit this single focus for much of our success. We do not funnel clients into an outpatient program, or “extended care” facilities. Rather we provide effective treatment that allows young people to get back to their lives.

What should my child bring to treatment?

Please bring enough comfortable clothing to last one week to ten days. You might also want to include a light jacket, as the ocean breeze can be cool in the early morning and evening hours. You will likely also want to bring your own grooming supplies as most of us have a specific brand of soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. that we prefer. We provide towels, pillows, and blankets, but you may bring your own if you wish. In addition, you are welcome to bring photos, a stuffed animal, or other personal items that might bring you comfort while you are in the program. We ask that you not bring items that are valuable, irreplaceable, or that hold great sentimental value, as we cannot guarantee that the items will remain safe.

Also, in an effort to keep the program physically, and emotionally, safe for everyone, we do not allow the following: weapons, cell phones, cameras of any type (video, digital, disposable, etc.), or audible music players (personal players with headphones are acceptable), personal computers, non-prescription drugs (excluding supplements), alcohol, clothing, music or other items that promote drug use, violence, or that offend others based on ascribed status.

Do you use the 12 Steps in your program?

During your time at Paradigm Treatment, you will be introduced to the twelve steps, if appropriate. This is however only one layer in a comprehensive, multi-layered treatment plan. Programs that focus exclusively on the Twelve Steps during short term residential treatment, may be ill equipped or missing opportunities to address underlying clinical factors that impact addictive behaviors and relapse.

Will I be able to visit with my child during treatment?

Of course. Treatment is a time to strengthen family bonds with frequent, supportive, communication. You may call your child any time you wish. Your child may call you any time he or she wishes as long as such communication is deemed to be clinically appropriate. Family visitation is every Saturday. If you’re unable to attend on Saturday and would like to make special arrangements to visit on another day, we will accommodate you. Also, there are sometimes special family occasions that occur while a youth is in treatment such as a wedding or similar event. In such cases we are happy to work with families on a case-by-case basis to allow teens in treatment to remain engaged in life and important family events. *This is subject to change during our current COVID pandemic.

My child is completely out of control. If I am looking at wilderness programs, should I consider Paradigm?

There are a vast number of wilderness and experiential programs available for families and some offer quality clinical and behavioral services. It is important to understand the treatment process and your goals when looking at specialized residential treatment or wilderness and experiential treatment. How many adolescents return to their home and community following a 45-90 day stay? How often are families invited to participate in treatment? Are there school-based services available to help clients continue their academic progress? How focused will the treatment be for my adolescent’s needs? As with any program, finding a good, evidence-based fit is integral for effective treatment and sustainable change.

We are already working with a therapist. Can he be involved in treatment?

We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with any therapist or treatment professional a youth may already be engaged with. Physicians, teachers, mentors, coaches or any other person who has a vested interest in the well-being of an adolescent may be involved with the consent of both the teen and their parents. Such collaborations frequently allow us to achieve treatment goals more expeditiously and help to create smoother transitions to life after treatment.

Can your program help coordinate court appearances?

Sometimes young people wind up in treatment as a direct result of legal difficulties. We are uniquely equipped to assist you with such matters. We have multiple professionals on staff that are prepared to assist you and your family as you navigate the legal system. We have qualified court liaisons that specialize in meeting the needs of such circumstances. We also have established relationships with a wide cross section of judges who greatly value our unique approach to treatment. We have a full understanding of what courts need to see to know that teens have received proper treatment resulting in real and lasting change. It should be noted that it is never our goal to enable young people by assisting them in the avoidance of natural and logical consequences. We do not believe that mistakes that are a direct result of impulsivity, adolescent judgment, or chemical dependency, should result in permanently blemished records or lives.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes. Paradigm Treatment accepts payments from most insurance companies. We are happy to assist any prospective client verify their benefits and secure pre-authorization for treatment. To learn more about the process, simply give us a call at 855-780-8336

If my insurance won’t pay for treatment, what are my options?

Paradigm Treatment offers a number of options for financing treatment. We are happy to assist you in exploring all avenues available to your family.

What happens when my child returns home?

The first day you enter treatment, we begin planning your return home. Your life at home, outside of treatment remains the center point of all that we do. Every individual and group session is designed to provide you with skills and knowledge that are directly applicable to your life outside of treatment. Of equal or greater importance, we provide aftercare services, for as long as adolescents and/or their families choose to utilize them. This includes, but is not limited to individual or family therapy sessions, parent support services, and on-going case management. These services can be provided in person, by phone, or via Skype. As with treatment plans, every aftercare plan is individualized and based on each teen’s unique needs and objectives.

Where can I get an answer to a question that I don’t see addressed here?

If we haven’t answered your question(s) simply give us a call. Whether or not your loved one comes to Paradigm Treatment, we are here to assist you and answer your questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We know how difficult it is to reach out and ask for help. It is the first and most challenging step on the road to recovery.

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