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Elk River Troubled Teen Treatment Program

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500 Governors Dr SW, Huntsville, AL 35801

(256) 518-9998

Tomorrow: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Creating Hope and Opportunity for Troubled Teens

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Elk River Treatment Programs for Troubled Teens includes: drug and alcohol addictions, substance abuse, defiance, anger, depression, and mental illness. Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP) is an intense therapeutic and year-round accredited academic program for troubled teens ages 12 – 18 and grades 6 – 12. The program provides diagnostic, assessment, education and treatment services to youth that are struggling with behavior, mental illness and/or substance abuse issues. Unlike wilderness programs which often require residents to set up a new base camp each day, ERTP provides the indoor amenities to allow a multidisciplinary treatment team and support staff to evaluate, assess and develop a treatment plan to address the needs of each resident in the program. The residential setting provides our child, adolescent and forensic psychiatrist, along with the treatment team, to determine a clear diagnosis and begin discharge planning upon admission to ERTP. ERTP uses the residential setting equipped with a full gymnasium, commercial kitchen, large school, shower houses, cabins, laundry houses, and horse stables as a vehicle to move teens to an area of self-confidence and heightened sense of self. Our success is due to combined components of healing and recovery through daily therapy, physician-directed medication management, daily exercise and proper diet, and accredited academics. The goals of ERTP residents are supported by strong relationships with a highly trained, recruited and screened staff. ERTP residents attend individual, group and family therapy, work on academic course work year-round and participate in hands-on learning projects daily. Treatment Team We believe parents are an essential part of the ERTP Treatment Team. They work closely with staff to understand their child’s progress or setbacks while at ERTP, and receive weekly updates on their child’s progress. Each resident has an individualized treatment plan, developed by a Treatment Team including: Parents Supervisor Trained counselors Clinician Professional Referral Sources We address the needs of many adolescents. Common issues that we see upon admission include: ADD or ADHD Bipolar Disorder Conduct Disorder Defiance Depression Anxiety Grief Trauma Disrespect Dual Diagnosis Adoption/Abandonment Alcohol/Drug Use and Abuse Immaturity Impulsiveness Lack of Motivation Learning Differences Low Self-Esteem Mood Difficulties Obesity Online Gaming Addiction Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Poor Peer Relationships Reactive Attachment Disorder Truancy/Poor School Performance Although most troubled teens will be considered for admission, ERTP does not accept teens that are diagnosed with unstable eating disorders, predatory behavior or severe learning differences. While children may be coping with social, psychological or emotional issues, they must be physically capable of exercise without significant physical/medical conditions.

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The Elk River Treatment Program is headquarted in Huntsville AL. The residential treatment facilities locations are kept confidential for the safety and well being of our residents and patients all over the country.
Downtown Huntsville
Elk River Treatment Program has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in behavioral health care. The accreditation award recognizes Elk River Treatment Program’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. Elk River Treatment Program’s year-round academic program is recognized as one of the nation’s quality education systems by continuously meeting rigorous accreditation standards. Its education program is accredited by the national commission that confers accreditation, AdvancED, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts on-site external reviews of schools and school systems. AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the PreK-12 divisions of the North Central Association (NCA) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2011. The Elk River Treatment Program and The Pinnacle Schools have earned A+ accreditation by the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama.
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