The Bigger Issue
Some teens who have struggled emotionally and socially have turned to drugs in an attempt to solve their problems. However, this inevitably creates more difficulties in the aftermath and often involves the forfeiting of healthy family relationships, education, friendships, and overall well-being. Whether a drug problem starts with poor coping skills or through self-medication for depression or anxiety, it is an obstacle that merits close individual attention. This is where Vista Magna steps in.
Many of our students enter Vista with a variety of backgrounds and experiences with substance abuse treatment. Our approach allows us to build upon the foundational skills our students have already started to develop. We adapt by incorporating exposure to step 12 meetings and cognitive based assignments on topics such as triggers, addictive patterns, coping skills, self empowerment and value discrepancy.
Vista employs fully-licensed substance abuse professionals. These individuals specifically target root problems and sort through the obstacles that have contributed to drug use. Upon admission to the program this professional - in tandem with the primary therapist, full time psychiatrist as well as prior psychological testing - will help determine the level of substance abuse that is to be addressed in therapy. From there, a student is placed on one of two tracks: The "A Track" or "Abuse Track" is designed for students who have struggled with substance abuse but not to the extent that it is the primary focus of treatment. The "D track" or "Dependency Track" students have a more clinically significant history of drug use, and it is typically the primary focus of their treatment. Students who have not struggled with substance abuse will not be placed on a track.
Students on the Dependence Track meet with their substance abuse professional each week. They will also have the opportunity to attend substance abuse education groups on a weekly basis, as well as 12 step based meetings. In addition, they will focus one family therapy session each month on their substance abuse therapy.
Student's on the Abuse Track meet with their substance abuse professional every other week. They also have an opportunity to attend substance abuse education groups each week, as well as 12 step based meetings.
While at Vista there will be an opportunity for students to engage in community based volunteering. Students will help out at the local Salvation Army food bank as well as participate in both the Red Kettle and Angel Tree fundraisers during the holidays. Other volunteer opportunities include: trail maintenance, homeless outreach, refugee services, and volunteering at various non profit organizations. We feel that volunteering is important, as it fosters community and helps build confidence in self, all the while helping meet the needs of others.
12 Steps - The Proven Model
At Vista, we use a modified 12-step model to target substance abuse. We say modified because our 12-step model goes above and beyond the norms. We incorporate additional assignments on topic such as triggers, codependency, addictive patterns, and justification. The beauty of the 12-step program at Vista is that the skills, language, and culture transfer to anywhere in the country.
Learn more about this model at www.12step.org.