Finding addiction treatment for your child

If you’re a parent looking for a substance abuse treatment program for your teen, you like
many are in a crisis mode, without a lot to go on. It can be a very scary time and your needs are 
Only 10 percent of the estimated 1.4 million adolescents who need treatment receive it, 
according to the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. When they do, it often isn't 
targeted to their developmental needs. The fact that adolescents have different triggers than 
adults for drug and alcohol use may not be addressed in treatment. And programs too often fail to 
integrate two key ingredients: families and social services.
But there are plenty of good programs out there, and Action Family Counseling is one of them.
As a parent I know you are wondering how to go about finding reliable treatment for your teen. 
So whether you choose Action Family Counseling Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs for 
your teen or any one of a number of providers available, as you begin your search you want to 
ask these questions. 

What is the program’s success rate? How many teens actually finish?

This answer may be hard to come by since few programs track how their adolescent clients 
fare after treatment. However a good treatment center will have a follow up system to at 
least tract these clients 30, 60, and 90 days after they have been released from treatment, And 
many programs such as Action Family Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs have programs 
and resources for teens to continue a various treatment regimens as follow up to their initial 

How long is the program? How successfully does it keep teens engaged and enrolled?

Many experts flatly state that any program shorter than 90 days isn't worth the money or time 
because it takes that long to begin to see a change in behavior. But it’s not that simple. What's 
really important is not whether a program is 30 days or 90 days, but that treatment staff is able to 
make a connection with your teen. When treatment staff become solid role models engage a teen 
to practice newly learned skills, teens are much more likely to reintegrate back into their families 
and communities. 
Many parents ask will my teen ever have a successful life? But having a successful life is not just 
the absence of drugs. Kids need something better than drugs, something to replace drugs. It could 
be sports, academics, a different peer support group, a job, volunteering, a cohesive and loving

Is family a big part of the program?

Every good substance abuse treatment model starts with a strong family component, including 
therapy, to work to change to the home environment. We tell teen clients that we’re going to 
get involved in every aspect of their lives. The family is key. If we're not in the home, we don't 
understand what's happening. We're just looking at their lives from the outside in. Addiction is a 
family disease and recovery is a family process. Rebuilding families is a key recovery.

With drug and alcohol residential treatment locations in Santa Clarita, Piru, and Bakersfield; Intensive Drug and Alcohol Outpatient in Santa Clarita and Bakersfield, Action Family Counseling is here to help you.

For information regarding admission, intake, and services please call Action Family Counseling at (800) 367-8336 or visit

Being a teenager today is a lot different than when we were kids.
The social and academic pressures are different. Drugs, alcohol, sex and gangs, are today’s 
For some kids these pressures become too great. That’s where Action can help. Action is the parent and teen support program that families depend on 
to help when the stress becomes too much for your teen. 
If you are having trouble with your teen call (800) 367-8336