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P.O. Box 2911
310 457 6300
At Paradigm Malibu, we are dedicated to identifying, understanding, and properly treating the core issues that impact adolescents and their families. Rather than merely containing behaviors, our staff of mental health professionals, is committed to assisting young people by addressing the deeper, more difficult issues that impact their lives.
Call us: 855-780-TEEN
Welcome to Paradigm Malibu
We encourage you to explore our site and see why Paradigm is ranked the #1 treatment program for Adolescent Mental Health, Teen Addiction, Teen Drug Abuse, and Teen Eating Disorders more often than any other program.
Who We Treat
Teen Mental Health Treatment
Our mental Health program is designed to meet the needs of adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety or any number of complex mental and emotional health issues.
Teen Drug Rehab
Our Teen Drug Treatment program is designed specifically to address the emotional underpinnings of addiction.
Our Adolescent Treatment Program is about much more than simple behaviour modification.
Teen Eating Disorder Treatment
Our adolescent eating disorder program is designed to treat issues ranging from anorexia nervosa to bulimia nervosa, binge eating and body dimorphic disorders.
Gifted Teen Treatment Program
A good number of young people who come to us for treatment are gifted students, artists, musicians or performers.
Teen Athletes Treatment Program
Experience has taught us that young athletes are often times less likely to seek treatment for any number of reasons.
Teen Grief and Loss Treatment
Many of the adolescents that come to us for treatment are struggling with unresolved grief issues.
Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment
A co-occurring disorder is sometimes referred to as co-morbidity or a dual diagnosis. The application of any of these labels suggests that a teen is being treated for more than a single issue.
At PARADIGM MALIBU each teen treatment component is designed and implemented by credentialed professionals who specialize in the provision of adolescent services. Our goal is to identify and treat underlying causes of teen drug abuse, mental health and behavioural health difficulties, rather than merely focusing on behaviours themselves. Our evidence based interventions are rooted in each adolescent's unique strengths, interests and needs are focussed on the following areas: Emotional Health, Physical Health, Family Health, Social Health, Spiritual Health and Education. We invite you to explore all aspects of our mental health, behavioural health, and addiction related treatments by visiting our website via the live link above.
Teen Behavioural Addictions Treatment
Teen Behavioural Addictions, as the name implies, are addictions to behaviours, rather than substances. Behavioural scientists believe that anything “stimulating” can become addictive to a person, and people become addicted when specific habits become obligations. Another attribute that characterizes a Behavioural Addiction is when teens persist in the given behaviour, despite knowing that negative consequences are possible. That is to say, in the same way that teens might become users of a substance in a frequency and manner that is beyond their control, and to the extent of providing potential risk, they can also become addicted to behaviours, because of the positive effects and/or feelings that the behaviour brings about. Some examples of common behavioural addictions include activities such as: gambling, pornography, internet browsing, and gaming. It’s common for Behavioural Addictions to exist in combination with other Addictions and/or as Co-Occurring Disorders.
What Behavioural Addictions Look Like
Behavioural Addictions are first and foremost characterized by persistent, repetitive behaviours that provide teens with a short-term reward, such as feelings of happiness or relief from stress. Teens continue in these behaviours despite the presence or possibility of negative consequences, including their diminished control over engaging in the behaviour. Because of this characteristic, some scientists classify Behavioural Addictions as Impulse Control Disorders.
The difference between casual habits and behavioural addictions is behavioural addictions occur to an extent and severity that they cause adverse effects in the teen’s life. For instance, often these behaviours lead to problems in school, withdrawing from peers and other activities, and conflicts in relationships. Teens might very well be aware that the behaviours are having these negative effects, and yet they are unwilling and/or unable to change them, despite this knowledge.
Because it’s also common for teens to have a Behavioural Addiction as a Co-Occurring Disorder, it’s common for the given behaviour will be sought out initially as a sort of refuge from the feelings and thoughts the teen is experiencing, because of a Mental Illness. Teens may retreat into a behaviour in order to alleviate stress or make themselves feel better. However, in time, the positive feelings produced from the behaviour, usually which are quickly felt, can create an unhealthy reliance upon the behaviour, eventually leading to addiction. Behavioural Addictions are especially common in teens experiencing Depression and/or Anxiety. Often, the behaviours are a form of self-medication that the teens seek, under the overwhelming negativity and persistence of their symptoms.
Teen Behavioural Addictions Treatment
Because Behavioural Addictions may exist alongside another addiction and/or mental illness, it’s important for teens to be carefully diagnosed, making sure therapists understand- and therefore, treat- the full aspect of symptoms that the teens are experiencing. At Paradigm, we take special measures in order to properly and precisely diagnose teens, with special attention to the possibility of Co-Occurring Disorders. Furthermore, our treatment approach and style is also very effective at recognizing and targeting Behavioural Addictions as Co-Occurring disorders, because our therapists treat not only the Mental Illness or primary disorder at hand, but also the underlying behaviours and/or habits present in a teen’s life. We often find that it is these underlying behaviours, habits, and belief systems that may have initiated, contributed to, or worsened the symptoms the teen is experiencing.
Our treatment plans for Behavioural Addictions include a combination of Talk Therapy and Behavioural Therapy, including Classical and Experimental Treatment Approaches. In the case of Co-Occurring Disorders, therapists may prescribe medication according to the other disorder, especially in cases of Depression or Anxiety.
Our therapists work with teens to help them identify what feelings and/or stressors precede the behaviour, what sort of feelings or relief is produced by the behaviour, and what other habits and/or experiences might be connected with the behaviour. By helping teens to evaluate and recognize the nature of their addictive behaviour, teens can begin to notice connections in themselves. This is an important first step toward teens becoming aware and empowered enough to overcome the addiction and make positive changes in their own lives. Along these lines, therapists help teens to learn healthy skills for coping with stress, and addressing stressors or conflicts in their lives. In time, therapists can help teens to begin replacing the negative behaviours with positive ones, while also helping teens to re-establish healthy belief systems and a positive sense of self. All of these aspects of our treatment plans help contribute to a holistic treatment of Behavioural Addictions in which teens can recognize, and then recover from, their addiction.
21 Reasons Paradigm Succeeds When Other Programs Fail
We encourage you to take a moment to learn 21 reasons Paradigm succeeds where other adolescent treatment programs fail.
1) We Only Treat 6 to 12 Adolescents at a Time
2) We Provide the Highest Staff to Client Ratio in the Nation
3) Our Treatment Team is Uniquely Qualified
4) Our Admissions Screening is Rigorous
5) We Treat the Emotional Underpinnings of Problematic Behaviors
6) Comprehensive Diagnostic Testing is Conducted Before Treatment Begins
7) Paradigm Malibu is Ranked Best in Adolescent Treatment More Often Than Any Other Program
8) We Provide Multimodal Family Services
9) We Provide Comprehensive Academic Services
10) Our Treatment is Intensive
11) Our Treatment Approach Results in Sustainable Change
12) We Provide One of the Largest Varieties of Clinical Services
13) It is Our Job to Motivate Teens
14) Our Treatment is Gender Specific but Not Gender Exclusive
15) We Empower Teens and Their Families
16) Our Treatment is Strength and Interest Based
17) We Don’t Engage in Either/Or Treatment
18) We Exclusively Serve Adolescents in a Residential Setting
19) Our Treatment is Collaborative in Nature
20) Our Treatment is Truly Holistic
21) We Provide Free Aftercare Services
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