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Paradigm is ranked the #1 treatment program for Teen Drug Abuse, Adolescent Mental Health, Teen Addiction, and Teen Eating Disorders more often than any other program.
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 behaviours, our staff of mental health professionals, is committed to assisting young people by addressing the deeper, more difficult issues that impact their lives.
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. Please do visit our website via the live link above.
Teen Behavioural Addictions, as the name implies, are addictions to behaviours, rather than substances. Behavioural scientists believe anything “stimulating” can become addictive 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.
In the same way that teens become users of a substance in a manner that is beyond their control. Using 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.
Behavioural Addictions are first and foremost characterised 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 teen drug abuse, casual habits and behavioural addictions. 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.
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 find these belief systems that may have contributed or worsened the symptoms the teen is experiencing.
Our treatment plans for Behavioural Addictions a combination of Talk Therapy and Behavioural Therapy, including Classical 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 recognise the nature of their addictive behaviour, teens can begin to notice connections in themselves.
This is an important first step toward those suffering from teen drug abuse becoming aware and empowered enough to overcome the addiction and make positive changes in their own lives.
Along these lines, therapists help teens learn healthy skills for coping with stress, and addressing conflicts in their lives. Therapists can help teens to replace negative behaviours with positive ones. While also helping teens to re-establish healthy belief systems and a positive sense of self. These aspects of our treatment plans help contribute to a holistic treatment of Behavioural Addictions in which teens can recognise. This helps them to recover from their addiction.