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With the recent proliferation of young adult treatment options, it can extremely difficult to navigate your options.  Following is a list of items to look for in a young adult treatment program to help you identify a quality solution for your young adult.

Single GenderThe research is clear: single-gender treatment is faster and more effective than co-ed treatment—especially for young women who struggle with trauma, eating disorders, or sexual issues.YesNo
Treatment FirstStarting with a robust treatment experience gives young adults the skills, healing, and confidence necessary for experiential, life skills training.YesNo
Experiential LearningExperiencing real-world employment, college, and independent living along with 24/7 support is the most effective way to build confidence and learn the skills necessary for autonomy.YesNo
Individualized DurationDifferent young adults have different treatment needs.  A residential treatment program should adjust its therapeutic approach and program length accordingly.YesNo
HolisticYoung adults need more than academics, vocational training, and therapy to succeed. They must learn to integrate healthy recreation, healthy diet, spiritual engagement, and exercise to achieve long-term wellness and success.YesLimited
Qualified StaffA quality residential treatment center for young adults should have a staff that includes: a psychiatrist (MD), a registered nurse, master’s level therapists, licensed clinical supervisors, A Ph.D. level psychologist, a dietitian, a recreational therapist, certified teachers, and certified staff for all special programming (e.g. certified equine therapist).YesVaries