Paediatric addiction treatment program
Same five-step based adult addiction treatment program with the following differences and considerations:
⁃ Families are involved in the entire process. Most kids/adolescents who enter treatment do so through adult recommendation, i.e. parents/teachers/paediatrician/specialists. Because their brains are still developing, their conditions are typically much different to those of adults who have already experienced their developmental stages and/or personal and professional growth. Adolescents require an addiction treatment program focusing on things like academics, family support, and all areas of life that are continuing to mature.
⁃ Age separation pre-sheet compilation (ages 4-10 or 11-18) prior to first patient interview including their pregnancy & delivery description, relevant disease/s in the first 2-3 years of life, parents’ medical history & relevant parameters, etc.
⁃ Academic progress follow-up included throughout treatment.
Step 1 – First patient’s interview
Patient is first received in a private setting for discussion and case assessment in total confidentiality. This initial on-site assessment helps in making the diagnosis, determining the necessary intensity of treatment services and level of care based on current symptoms and conditions.
Step 2: Clinical Assessment
Following, an additional assessment is made separately by evaluating medical history, physical and psychological state together with the patient’s first interview findings.
Step 3: Tailored Program
A tailored program is created according to the patient’s specific needs. It’s a research-based treatment program optimised by considering lifestyle aspects, improvement from dissatisfaction-lack of gratification-anger management to eating habits and fitness. It indicates approximately how long the program will last, the pace at which it will be going, possible professional figures collaborating (toxicologist, psychiatrist, psychologist, dietician, etc.) and adding to the individual addiction treatment counselling.
Step 4: Second patient’s interview
Essential for discussing the tailor-made program prepared, making modifications according to the patient’s input and preferences and finalising the treatment according to the patient’s experience. All to be performed in a calm, serene and patient-friendly atmosphere.
Step 5 – Follow up
After the completion of the program, a free-of-charge annual meeting/s will be offered with no time limit (depending on the case) to maintain the program success and prevent recurrence or relapse that is highly expected in addiction.