The COVID-19 pandemic left an indelible mark on the mental health of young people in the United States. With depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems skyrocketing, it is no surprise that nearly 20% of high school students surveyed in 2021 admitted to considering suicide during the previous 12 months. The culprits? Loss of group activities and milestone celebrations, trauma from school shootings and gun violence, the relentless pressure of social media, and anxiety about climate change. Dustin Wagner, CEO of Paradigm Treatment Center explains, “I’ve been working in this field for almost 15 years and have seen a major spike in our mental health crisis. From my perspective, much of the crisis stems from teens being too isolated, which in turn has created too much self-awareness because of the lack of real relationships.”
Recognizing the unique needs of teens and young adults, programs like Paradigm Treatment Center have focused exclusively on this age group, integrating behavioral health alongside other clinical services. For 12 years, Paradigm Treatment has provided residential treatment for young people aged 12–26 with mental health issues, delving deep into the root causes of their struggles in today’s stress-filled world. The center’s highly-trained clinicians and therapists work closely with youth and their families to treat anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, mood and personality disorders, and co-occurring substance use.
Paradigm Treatment’s approach is holistic and individualized. The center believes in lifting clients up, building on their strengths, and helping them find new ways to approach their lives. Each patient undergoes a range of diagnostic tests before treatment begins, including psychiatric evaluation, psychological assessment, educational and nutritional assessment, and medical evaluation. Paradigm Treatment believes that identifying each issue and creating a personalized treatment plan is crucial to achieving sustainable recovery.
Collaboration is a key component of Paradigm Treatment’s approach. The center asks patients to be full partners in their treatment plan and also collaborates with other physicians, teachers, mentors, and coaches already engaged with the youth and have a vested interest in their well-being. Paradigm Treatment’s therapies address the underlying core issues and root causes of mental health issues rather than merely focusing on behavioral symptoms.
The center’s residential treatment programs are designed to address each individual’s emotional, physical, social, spiritual, family, and educational needs. Family involvement is considered essential for treatment, and the center offers in-person sessions, parent coaching, education, and effectiveness training. The goal is to guide and support the entire family in resolving conflicts so patients can achieve their full potential in recovery and beyond.
What sets Paradigm Treatment apart from other residential mental health treatment centers? The small programs, high staff-to-client ratios, individualized treatment plans, intensive one-on-one therapy sessions, serene and comfortable environment, and professional treatment team are just some of the factors that contribute to its success. Paradigm Treatment’s commitment to privacy and confidentiality, as well as its rigorous admissions screening process, also set it apart from other centers.
The center treats a wide array of mental health conditions, from anxiety and depression to personality disorders, PTSD, and substance abuse disorders. With its comprehensive, evidence-based, and experiential therapeutic approaches, Paradigm Treatment offers hope for teens and young adults struggling with mental health issues, helping them transition to healthy lives after their time at the center.
Now more than ever, it is crucial to address the mental health challenges faced by teens and young adults. Paradigm Treatment Center is at the forefront of this effort, providing much-needed support and care for this vulnerable population.