One of the most fundamental aspects of our treatment approach at Paradigm Treatment is we design treatment on an individual basis, taking into consideration every aspect of each individual and unique teen. We strongly believe that this kind of thorough and holistic approach is necessary, in order to help teens to heal and recover in authentic and sustainable ways. From this standpoint, we never prescribe treatment solely according to symptoms, but according to a thorough diagnostic interview which considers each teen’s Emotional, Mental, Physical, and Relational Health. To meet the full range of teens’ unique individual needs, we’ve designed numerous programs to address particular aspects of support. For young athletes in treatment for a mental health or substance abuse disorder, we offer the Teen Athletes Treatment Program, a special offering at our Paradigm Malibu location.
At Paradigm Treatment Centers, it’s not uncommon for families that reach out to us to have teens who are really struggling with a mental health and/or substance abuse disorder, and yet who are extremely talented, athletic teens. Many of these teen athletes participate in highly competitive sports and some may be even contending for athletic scholarships at prospective college institutions. Because of this, we find that sometimes these teens can feel pressure to continue playing and may resist entering treatment, because they fear they will fall behind or that it will cost them too much, regarding their athletic pursuits. To ensure that these young athletes can get the treatment and support they need, while also maintaining their athletic performance, we’ve designed our Teen Athletes Treatment Program.
As part of our Teen Athletes Treatment Program at our Paradigm Malibu location, we provide an array of special offerings for teens. We not only have access to professional coaches and trainers of specific sports, but we also offer daily athletic training programs, with a highly regarded professional trainer, weight training, facility use, nutritional accommodations, and more. Essentially, the goal of our Teen Athletes Treatment Program is to provide teens with any training capabilities and resources they need, so that they can get the help and support they really need, to face and address their struggles, and be empowered to live their best lives. Throughout all phases of treatment, we also incorporate the teens’ athletic interests, talents, and goals into the larger treatment plan. In this sense, therapists work with teens not only to help them become healthier, but also to help them become mentally, physically, and emotionally stronger as athletes, as well.