Banbury Lodge is one of the only facilities in the UK which is registered to treat alcoholism, drug addiction and eating disorders for 16-19-year-olds. We understand how challenging it is for individuals and their families struggling to deal with the consequences of these illnesses, and provide care and support for all patients and their relatives during the treatment process.
Many of our addiction counsellors have children and all our staff are in recovery from a range of addictions (inc. eating disorders, cannabis, cocaine, crack, heroin, prescription drugs etc…), meaning we can help you distinguish between a young adult going a bit too far on the weekend and an addict in the making who requires residential treatment now in order to prevent a life-collapse in 10 years times.
Furthermore, our clinics across the country are rated 100% by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and we are proud to provide low-cost treatment, with a family support programme and free lifetime aftercare as standard. For more information about treatment, costs & locations, please call us on 0203 553 3757 or talk privately with our addiction counsellors on LIVE Chat!
Teens who are abusing alcohol may have trouble getting up in the morning and are frequently late to or miss school. If your teen has been concealing school/college absences from you, that is a sign that there may be a problem. If you discover that your son/daughter/niece/nephew has lied to you about issues like money or where he or she is spending time, then it is possible that your teen is drinking/taking drugs in secret.
If your teen’s personality has changed drastically in a short period of time, substance abuse may be to blame. Another symptom of alcoholism is denial – if you see clear signs that there is a problem, you may not be able to accept your teen’s reassurance that everything is fine. It is better to get help young than to have to confront a substance abuse problem later on life, when the legal and physical consequences may be more severe.
The most common reason behind teenagers experimenting with drugs is peer pressure, although there are other factors which also play a part. Drugs are often portrayed in the media as cool and fun, with no negative consequences attached to drug use, and because it is shown in this way, those who abstain are considered nerdy or uncool. However, with repeated use comes a myriad of other dangers, and although the initial use might appear harmless, this can lead to full-blown drug addiction.
Every drug is dangerous and potentially life-threatening, and just because a teen appears smart and mature, this does not prevent them from making irresponsible decisions. Drug addictions form rapidly and without warning. This is because drugs work on your brain in subtle ways. That euphoric feeling – the one that washes over you when you’re praised or when your team wins a game – is your brain’s limbic system at work.
Of course, there are other aspects that could result in a young person choosing to try drugs, such as mental illness or trauma. Whatever the cause, it is vital to address and treat the root of the disease, to prevent any future relapse.
The term ‘eating disorder’ is used to describe a person’s unhealthy attitude towards food, and is considered a serious mental illness. If left untreated, this illness can consume a person’s life entirely, causing them serious health issues and in some cases, it can be life-threatening.
Eating disorders are often caused by a complex combination of factors, including genetic, biochemical, psychological, cultural and environmental. It is important to understand that this type of disorder is not all about the food itself, but about feelings. The way the person interacts with food may make them feel more able to cope or may make them feel in control.
Some experts believe that the symptoms of anorexia are a kind of symbolic language used by teenagers who don’t know how to, or are afraid to, express powerful emotions directly. For example, making one’s body tiny and thin may substitute for them not feeling ready to grow up, and denying oneself food is often a way of establishing some kind of control. Although men and women of any age can develop eating disorders, they most commonly affect teenagers aged 13 to 19 years old.
Stigma often prevents teenagers from seeking help for addictions and eating disorders, but early intervention offers the best chance for a rapid and sustained recovery from all kinds of eating disorders. At Banbury Lodge, we have a team of therapists with specialist knowledge of addictions and eating disorders in teenagers and how best to treat them.
We work on the principle that everyone should be given their plan of care to ensure that all their needs are met. Addiction and eating disorders are considered a complex mental health issue and should be treated as such. We aim to heal your mind, body, and spirit so that you can make a full recovery.
Call us today and discuss your teenager’s condition and we can walk you through your treatment options and our streamlined admissions process
We strongly recommend a minimum of 28 days of rehabilitation in one of our treatment facilities. In this time, you will be treated physically, mentally and emotionally.
Our specialist programmes include:
We understand that leaving rehab and having to face the reality of day-to-day life can be an extremely daunting thought for a young adult. While your son/daughter may be determined to continue living a clean/sober life/healthy life external triggers and temptations exist and dealing with these alone can leave you feeling isolated. To support you during this vital time, we have created a two-tier approach to long-term health and happiness.
Short-term: we provide one year’s worth of free aftercare support sessions every week in the rehab you attended (or nearest clinic). Here you will engage with a group based therapeutic approach, with loved ones in attendance (if you so wish) but with the opportunity to speak with a counsellor one-to-one.
Long-term: we have built the UK’s first recovery network for all those who have attended a UKAT treatment facility. This lifelong recovery network is called Alumni – a gateway to lifelong companionship. Events include Christmas parties, dinners, adventure days out and, of course, summer BBQs.
This is the future of permanent recovery, and we are proud to be the first rehab family in the UK to offer it. Many people fear that starting rehab is the end of their social life. At UKAT we say it’s only just begun! Please call to hear more about rehab, recovery and lifelong happiness.
If you have any questions regarding our teenage rehab clinics, treatment needs, locations and cost – we can answer them!