Adolescent Acute Treatment Program

The Adolescent Acute Treatment Program at Laurel Ridge Treatment Center is specifically designed for adolescents ages 13 to 17. These adolescents are in an immediate crisis situation, causing them to be a danger to themselves or others. They usually have a mental status that requires a higher level of therapeutic structure, coordinated services and medical supervision.

Laurel Ridge provides an intensive multidisciplinary treatment program in a nurturing, safe, secure and mutually respectful environment.

Treatment is designed for adolescents with:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention-deficit disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Major depressive disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Phobic disorders
  • Psychosis disorders
  • Secondary substance abuse problems
  • Separation disorders
  • Trauma-related issues

Treatment Overview

Our multidisciplinary treatment program meets the needs of adolescents who are diagnosed with psychiatric or behavioral disorders and/or substance use or abuse problems that hinder their ability to function successfully. The intensive program is designed to stabilize the immediate crisis while providing the adolescent skills to minimize the risk of future incidents. The therapeutic learning environment meets the psychological, social and physical needs of the adolescent and offers education and support to the family or caregivers.

Laurel Ridge also provides discharge planning and aftercare management to ease and encourage the transition back into the home, school and community settings.

Therapies Used

The treatment program uses interdisciplinary, evidence-based and age appropriate therapeutic approaches. The Adolescent Acute Treatment Program at Laurel Ridge provides:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Skill-building group therapy
  • Recreational therapy (including music therapy)
  • Substance use prevention and treatment
  • Milieu activities designed to reinforce skill-building group objectives

Activities and discussions during sessions focus on the following themes:

  • Anger and aggression management
  • Behavior management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Mood management
  • Personal accountability
  • Problem-solving
  • Social skills
  • Substance use awareness
  • Trust and respect


Adolescents remain enrolled in their home school while they are at Laurel Ridge and may complete homework assignments if brought in by the school or family. Every attempt is made to help patients transition back to their normal academic schedule upon discharge.

Family Involvement

The program offers family therapy to prevent future crises. Adolescents and their parents or caregivers work together to learn effective communication and how to translate skills to the home, school and community settings. Positive reinforcement helps parents or caregivers continue effective methods of behavioral and emotional support at home.

Discharge and Aftercare

The treatment team works to create an aftercare plan for each adolescent and coordinate the plan with the referring community professional. Aftercare components may include:

  • Home behavioral management
  • Multi-family community support groups
  • Day treatment services
  • Outpatient individual therapy
  • Family therapy

Campus Tours

Laurel Ridge welcomes the opportunity to meet the staff and see the campus and programs. If you would like to visit Laurel Ridge, the staff can schedule a time that is convenient for you. While walk-ins are welcome, you may experience a delay due to staff availability.

For More Information

If you have any questions about the Adolescent Acute Treatment Program, call (210) 491-9400 or (800) 624-7975.