Adolescent Grief and Loss Treatment: Experimental Treatment Approaches

As a fundamental principal of our treatment approach, we always recommend individualized, holistic treatment, for all forms of Adolescent Treatment.  We find that the more individually-based the treatment plans can be, and the more precisely tuned to the adolescent’s specific needs, the more successful and long lasting the recovery will be.  In the case of Adolescent Grief and Loss Treatment, this need for individualized treatment might be even truer, since the grieving process is such a uniquely individual process, in and of itself.  Because of this, we simply can’t approach the support of teens through this experience as a one-size-fits-all therapeutic technique; it doesn’t work.  Instead, in order to provide adolescents with the support and guidance they need as they grieve the loss of someone close to them, treatment teams should use the best combination of treatment options available, including both Traditional Treatment and Experimental Treatment Approaches.  We find that, specifically for Adolescent Grief and Loss Treatment, Experimental Treatment Approaches can provide a wonderful supplement to more traditional approaches.

Some of the more common Experimental Treatment Approaches being practiced today include, but are not limited to options such as: Art Therapy, Equine Therapy, Drama Therapy, and Music Therapy.  We find that often times, for those in Adolescent Grief Treatment, the process of teens having to identifying and articulate their thoughts and feelings can be extremely difficult.  Often these things are connected to deep-rooted pain, which can be understandably intimidating to dig into, in direct contexts, such as Talk Therapy Sessions.  Furthermore, these thoughts and feelings might not be consciously known by the teens, and therefore, may be unavailable to them to address, in the beginning.  In this sense, adolescents might find the Experimental Treatment approaches more comfortable and easy to engage in the related activities, thereby encouraging them to open up to the treatment conversations.  By allowing adolescents to engage in one of the activities, such as drama, in Drama Therapy, teens have a both a place to invest and concentrate their energy, during treatment, as well as an outlet.  And by engaging in this activity with the intention and guidance of a therapist, the adolescents thereby engage in healthy ways of processing their current experience, both directly and indirectly related to their grief.  In essence, the Experimental Approaches, for some adolescents, can provide a more natural entryway into the more Traditional Approaches.

In addition to these treatment approaches, some treatment centers also offer supplemental programs and offerings such as teen animal assisted therapy, acupuncture, massage, yoga, exercise regimes, and nutrition plan implementation and guidance.  The purpose of incorporating such programs into Adolescent Grief and Loss Treatment is to help support teens in all aspects of their well-being: mental, physical, and emotional.  By implementing a number of different approaches that serves to support adolescents completely, they’re provided with an opportunity to grieve their loss in a healthy way, and furthermore, continue developing as human beings.

About the author – Robert Hunt is a recovering addict of 20 years.  He has devoted his life to helping others suffering from chemical addictions as well as mental health challenges.  Robert maintains many blogs on drug addiction, eating disorders and depression.  He is a sober coach and wellness advocate and a prominent figure in the recovery community.
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