Monuments is a therapeutic school and treatment center that serves adolescent young men and their families. We are a live-in facility, and we utilize our surroundings — the beautiful desert and canyonlands around Parowan, Utah — as part of our treatments. The combination of wilderness and a community-based living environment are very effective for the young men we help.
Parents often wonder how they will know when our sort of intervention is appropriate. Here’s some information about signs and numbers of adolescents needing these types of treatments.
Teens need specialized treatment
Formerly, adult treatment methods were often used with teenagers, kind of a one-size-fits-all approach. That line of thinking has been proven to be less effective than specialized treatment focusing solely on teens. That’s what we do at Monuments.
Some stats from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:
- 180,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 received treatment for substance use disorders in 2016.
- Just over 4 percent of all adolescents between 12 and 17 has a substance use disorder over the year.
- Over 880,000 young people between 12 and 17 misused opioid painkillers in 2016.
Those numbers have likely risen since that survey.
Signs to watch for
We often hear from parents asking what they should look for in their teenager’s behavior. Here are some signs. Is your teen:
- Suddenly hanging out with new friends?
- Withdrawing from loved ones?
- Neglecting their personal appearance?
- Experience a sudden drop in grades/skipping classes?
- Abandoning their hobbies?
- Showing increased signs of aggression or getting into conflicts with loved ones?
- Eating more or less than usual?
- Changing their sleeping habits (i.e. staying up all night or sleeping excessively)?
Because teenage brains and patterns of behavior are still developing, it’s important to not overlook signs pointing to potential addiction and substance abuse. That’s when it could be time to call the professionals at Monuments at (800) 559-1980. Call us and let’s see how we can help.