Substance abuse treatment for juveniles helps them reorganize their lives and choose a better life. According to a report by National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (NCASA) four out of every five children or teen arrested under state juvenile justice system are found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while committing the crime or admit having addiction problems and substance abuse. Such minors need proper guidance and counseling so that they can save their lives from going to the shambles.
Many juvenile rehabilitation centers provide substance abuse services that endeavors to make better adults out of such juveniles. The minors differ from each other on the basis of the addiction they have or the offense they have committed. Those who have a serious case of substance abuse or who are violent are kept separate from the ones who fall under mild category. Addiction rehabilitation facilities provide correctional treatment options like, detoxification, individual as well as group counseling, drug and alcohol education program, pharmaceutical treatment and self help. Youths are also required to undergo screening for substance abuse problems, mental health evaluations and drug testing. As per the outcome of such testing, the juvenile is monitored and his progress recorded. As the need may be some youth are given special care and kept under observation and paid detailed attention. However, in case of minors who are at higher risk of re-offending or absconding from detention are kept under intensive supervision program which includes increased monitoring and regular contacts with supervision officers.
The juvenile rehabilitation center may extend detention or stay of the youths who as per their progress are found to be yet not recovered from their past addiction abuse. Hence, they may require from a few months to a few years till they are physically and emotionally fit enough to go back to the society they belong to and play a productive role. However, those showing better progress than the rest may be allowed to leave the juvenile rehabilitation center to lead a normal, healthy and responsible life.