At Cumberland Heights, we understand that adolescence involves major
physical and psychological changes - the boys are trying to
establish a personal identity and peer acceptance while dealing with
powerful hormones that create a whirlwind of emotion and passion. When
substance abuse or addiction is added to the mix, the situation
becomes even more volatile.
Cumberland Heights' youth programs offer a continuum of services for
adolescent males ages 14 to 18 who are struggling with substance abuse or
dependency, including a residential program (30 to 60 days) and
intensive outpatient treatment.
Our youth program is based on an approach that integrates the
12-Step philosophy with respect for developmental issues that they face. We strive to assess the strengths and resiliency of
each young man and develop a treatment plan that emphasizes these
positive attributes and focuses on denial management and basic recovery
Because research shows that family participation increases the
likelihood of positive outcomes, we encourage family involvement in
every phase of treatment.
Youth residential program
Our youth treatment model consists of several components designed to meet the varying needs of adolescent boys. It includes:
A comprehensive biopsychosocial evaluation, which identifies strengths and problem areas to be addressed.
Psychiatric evaluation and ongoing care (if indicated) to address mental health issues that may accompany adolescent abuse.
Individualized treatment planning based on the
understanding that adolescents enter treatment in varying degrees of
readiness to change. Each treatment plan identifies concrete treatment
goals, expectations and mutually agreed-upon time frames.
A structured yet flexible daily schedule that
includes individual and group counseling, addiction-related education
groups, chores, schoolwork, 12-Step meetings and recreational activities
to help patients learn new skills and alternatives to substance-using
behavior, and develop support systems
Academics. Cumberland Heights provides an
education component to ensure that the patient does not lose academic
deficiencies so the patient can return to school after treatment. The
youth program is staffed with highly trained and licensed educators.
River Road Academy. For adolescents who want a
fresh start and additional recovery support, Cumberland Heights operates
River Road Academy, a state-approved private high school. RRA provides
a drug-free environment for students committed to working a program of
recovery. Students can apply for admission once they have achieved 30
days of sobriety.
Family involvement, which is critical to the
treatment process. Families are expected to participate in weekly
family counseling (either face-to-face or by teleconference), a weekly
multi-family group and a four-day intensive family program.
Continuing care planning, designed to assist the
family in developing a recovery plan that clearly spells out the next
four steps to support gains made in treatment.
Youth extended care
Cumberland Heights offers a 31- to 120-day Extended Care Program for
adolescents who have completed primary treatment. The program allows
adolescents to continue the personal recovery and family work begun in
primary treatment. They participate in group, individual, experiential
and service work while continuing their education at River Road Academy,
Cumberland Heights' private school for recovering teens.
Youth intensive outpatient program
Cumberland Heights. also offers youth outpatient services for boys and girls in the early stages of chemical dependency. Treatment is designed so
young people can continue their school and outside responsibilities.
This outpatient program provides intensive therapy three hours a day,
four days a week.
Youth program goals
The goal of Cumberland Height's youth program is to help young men and their families find the most effective way to deal with the
challenges they face and commit to recovery. This includes developing a
mutually agreed-upon treatment plan, establishing a caring and
respectful therapeutic relationship, providing a positive experience
within the 12-Step community, and creating a safe environment in which
to address the difficult issues associated with substance abuse and