OUR SERVICES AND THERAPIES
Mental Health Treatment
Mental Health Illness is extremely common. Unfortunately, Mental Health Treatment is not always received by the individuals who are suffering. According to studies by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), one out five adults suffer from some type of mental illness. A lot of teenagers struggle to admit to themselves that they have a problem that involves mental health or other disorders. One of the reasons for this is that mental health problems are not always easy to see. Mental health concerns can present in a variety of ways including mood swings, irritability, trouble sleeping, hallucinations, anxiety, depression, and many others. Just like any other health problem, mental health requires professional diagnosis and treatment.
At Avanti, Denver’s premiere adolescent mental health facility, we work to identify these issues along with other co-occurring disorders paired with substance abuse disorders. Some of the more common diagnoses we see include mood disorders, behavioral disorders, eating disorders, self harm, personality disorders, trauma and codependency. We have a uniquely effective and personalized approach combining individual and group therapy, family counseling, CBT, DBT, and a variety of other clinically proven methods to combat these disorders.
Upon completing treatment, clients often wonder “What’s next…?”. Life in long-term sobriety can be overwhelming to those in early recovery as a teen. Avanti has developed a team Alumni Buddy system, where each graduate of Avanti’s program is paired with a past alum. This buddy program works to facilitate a collaboration between alumni, staff and the new client. It also aims to develop healthy relationships and to foster continued growth.
The alumni of the program will guide the new participant in creating new relationships, assimilating to the sober lifestyle, and maintaining a positive outlook.
Fitness and Recovery
You may have heard the quote, “A healthy body breeds a healthy mind”. At Avanti, we are firm believers that fitness and nutrition in early recovery from substance abuse is crucial. Our program has an extensive fitness and nutritional program. We work to educate our clients and help them develop healthy eating habits and workout routines. We incorporate fitness training as well as yoga to help to reconnect the mind, body and spirit. Studies have shown the benefits of yoga in a clinical treatment setting which is why we have incorporated regular weekly yoga classes.
Avanti partners with Adventure Recovery, a recovery based outdoor activities and leadership program. An important part of the recovery process is to expand teens and young adults’ interests and direct their enthusiasm towards new, fun and fulfilling activities that are absent of drugs or alcohol. We believe that showing youth that their life can still be fun and exciting without including harmful addictive behaviors will assist in life-long healing and recovery.
Discomfort is used for growth. Each participant will be asked to get out of their comfort zones to explore new hobbies such as hiking, rock climbing, rafting, paddle boarding, etc. Adventure activities also help to develop leadership skills that will be the foundation in life that allows for healthy relationship building along with strong coping and decision making skills.
Types of Therapy
Denver Teen Psychiatrist
In recent reports, Colorado is among the states with the worst mental health problems, especially in adolescents. Upon admission to Avanti, each teen will undergo an initial detailed psychological assessment. This assessment is geared towards determining whether or not a dual diagnosis treatment is necessary. If necessary, a treatment plan will be developed that includes psychiatric care as well as traditional clinical care.
Psychiatric assessments, from that point, will be ongoing and will be determined whether or not psychiatric medication is necessary. If necessary, a prescribing psychiatrist will closely monitor the effects of the medication over an extended period of time.