Supporting Adolescents and Families

Life gets so busy sometimes it's hard to keep up. Phoenix Recovery Programs can help. This monthly newsletter will highlight research, events, and activities happening in the behavioral health field. As always, we are happy to help in any way we can, so please reach out to us.
The Egg of Recovery
Clients in the Maplewood Boys' program had an interesting challenge during an Activities group this month. They were given an egg that represented their recovery. The boys had a variety of materials available to protect their egg however they wanted. Then, they had to keep it safe for one week. Any eggs found by staff were confiscated. Clients who kept their eggs safe and whole for the entire week got a prize at the end. The clients enjoyed the challenge and it helped illustrate to them the work it takes to achieve long-term recovery.
Three Ways Trauma Changes the Brain
Last month, we included a link for a free CEU from Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the leading experts on trauma and the brain. As research continues to grow, we are finding more and more that trauma has some significant impacts on the brain and, therefore, behaviors. Dr. van der Kolk provides a quick summary of three key ways trauma can change the brain in this short video.

Outpatient Treatment in Mankato

Phoenix Recovery Programs is excited to announce the opening of an outpatient program in our Mankato location. The program will operate in two phases. Phase 1 is Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm and a Family Group on Tuesdays from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm. This phase lasts approximately 6 weeks, but also depends on progress clients make. Phase 2 is where clients attend group on Thursday from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm and the Family Group on Tuesdays from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm. This phase also lasts approximately 6 weeks, but again depends on client progress. All clients will also meet with their counselor individually at least once every other week. Contact us today for more information and to make a referral!
Training Corner
One major source of trauma for adolescents comes from family and attachment issues. In fact, often trauma in adults can also in part be traced back to attachment issues during childhood. Furthermore, trauma and addiction have a high correlation. Thus it is important to understand the dynamics of these two issues when treating adolescents and adults for substance abuse problems. Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health has a free webinar on March 8th addressing some of these implications. A free CEU is offered as well.

  Phoenix Recovery Programs proudly offers adolescent male residential treatment for adolescent boys in our Maplewood/White Bear Lake location and outpatient with lodging treatment for adolescent girls in our Janesville/Mankato location. In addition, we now offer outpatient services for adolescents in our Mankato location. Visit our website or call us for admission information.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Stacy Overby, MS, LADC, CCTP             
Program Director     
P: 651-289-1205 
F: 651-289-1214
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