Discovery Ranch South provides individualized technology addiction treatment for teens, including:
- Social Media Addiction
- Phone Addiction
- Gaming Addiction
- Online shopping addiction
- Technology Addiction & Co-occurring disorders, including:
Many teens struggle with technology overuse to the point it has become a mental health disorder. Teens are using social media rather than spending any time with friends or family, or gaming instead of eating and sleeping. In the draft of the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD – 11) gaming disorder is defined as: “A pattern of gaming behavior characterized by impaired control over gaming, increased priority is given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”
Additionally, personal accounts of teens with addictive symptoms associated with technology use are numerous. Most importantly, many parents recognize technology overuse as a serious issue for their teens.
Growing Recognition for a Serious Issue
One of the obstacles involved in treating behavioral addictions has been a lack of recognition. For example, people refer to alcoholism as a disease and treat alcoholism according to a disease model. With behavioral addictions such as online gambling or screen addiction, it is less obvious that these, too, are addictions.
Some people even argue that behaviors cannot be addictive because they lack the chemical dependency that exists with alcoholism and drug abuse. However, people with behavioral addictions do experience chemical changes in their brains.
The behavior of gambling and the behavior of gaming and social media use involves dopamine surges in the brain. Dopamine causes people to feel pleasure. That is why people continue to engage in behaviors that cause dopamine to increase whether they are healthy behaviors or not.
Treatment for screen addiction involves recognizing what changes are happening in teens’ brains based on gambling, gaming, or social media use, and moving forward with a change plan based on that information.
Benefits of Technology Addiction Treatment for Teens
As a parent of a teenager with anxiety, we understand the heartache and helplessness you may feel watching your child experience panic, fear, and worry. At Discovery Ranch South, our evidence-based anxiety disorder treatment can help your teenager make positive changes in their life and move confidently towards healing.
Our personalized care, provided by licensed therapists and mental health professionals, focuses on empowering your teenager to develop healthy coping mechanisms that can effectively manage stress and fear.
Anxiety disorder treatment brings many benefits to both teens and their families. These benefits include:
With therapeutic interventions and connections with others facing similar challenges, your teen will have the resources and support to take control of their anxiety and live their best life. Don't let prolonged and intense anxiety prevent your teen from participating in daily routines, enjoying simple pleasures, and forming meaningful relationships. Enroll them in our anxiety disorder treatment program today.
Choosing the Right Anxiety Treatment for Your Teen
Navigating through the different options for anxiety disorder treatment can be overwhelming, but finding a treatment center that offers individualized care is crucial. At Discovery Ranch South's Residential Treatment Center, we understand that your unique experiences, strengths, and treatment goals require tailored programs.
Our residential program offers round-the-clock care in scenic lodges that provide a comfortable and home-like environment. Our individualized care approach is trauma-informed and incorporates a variety of therapeutic modalities to provide the best care possible for your teen’s anxiety disorder treatment.
With experienced staff and customized treatment plans, you'll practice coping and processing skills during group, individual, and family therapy sessions. Our goal is to help your teen create long-lasting positive changes and lead a fulfilling life. Don't let anxiety hold your teen back any longer; enroll them in our residential treatment program today.
How We Treat Teenage Anxiety
At Discovery Ranch South, we understand that your teen's anxiety can be a challenging experience, which is why we offer a premier treatment program that provides holistic care. Our team of experienced therapists is dedicated to ensuring that your teen receives the best possible care that is personalized to their unique needs.
We focus on building close therapeutic relationships with our clients, which helps to ensure sustained change occurs. With small caseloads, our team can give your teen the attention and care they need to overcome anxiety and thrive.
Our therapeutic environment is designed to be fluid and responsive to your teen’s clinical needs. We believe that the power of long-lasting change comes from providing a comprehensive therapeutic environment that is always available to address clinical issues in the moment. Our treatment team includes clinical, residential, academic, experiential, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle services team members who are fully integrated into your teen's daily life, ensuring they receive the highest level of care possible.
By choosing Discovery Ranch South, you can be confident that your teen will receive the comprehensive care they need to overcome anxiety and live a fulfilling life.
Some of the unique therapies & therapeutic activities we offer include:
- Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Trauma-focused Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Experiential Therapy
- Equine Therapy
- Cow Therapy
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Adventure & Outdoor Recreation
- Art Therapy
- Therapeutic & Coping Skills Groups
- Mindfulness & Meditation Groups
- Individual Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
Why Choose Discovery Ranch South?
When addiction rules our lives, we feel our choices are limited and out of reach
Technology addiction can be overwhelming, eroding one's ability to make healthy choices and leaving them feeling trapped and disconnected from their loved ones. Like all individuals, your child deserves the chance to explore their own interests and make choices that align with their unique identity, free from the limitations of technology addiction.
Rediscover your teenager's boundless potential and empower your family to take back control of its future, free from technology addiction. Take charge of your teen's treatment by focusing on what you can control and finding a treatment approach that blends clinical sophistication with time-tested values and practices.
Through Nurturing Relationships...
Relationships are the foundation of our most meaningful experiences. Whether it's a family member, friend, or mentor, the people we care about shape our lives in profound ways. At Discovery Ranch South, we view relationships—with us, with you, with other family members, and with peers—as the most fundamental agents of change in your teen's life. We know that no other aspect of their care is as powerful in shaping their future success as the connections they make while recovering from technology addiction.
...And Challenging Experiences...
"Experiential" can have a variety of meanings in the world of addiction treatment. At Discovery Ranch South, experiential treatment is not just an activity we go and do; it’s who we are. It is the bedrock of our approach.
Learning comes from doing. Therapy can be a powerful tool for developing insights and building coping skills, but by itself is not enough. Our experiential program challenges addicted teens to practice what they've learned in a supportive, real-world setting.
Every part of the "Discovery Ranch Experience"—whether caring for animals, participating in local cultural events, or engaging in outdoor activities with staff and peers—is selected and designed to enhance your child's therapeutic progress and "turn experience into understanding."
...In a Healing Environment
Surrounded by the beautiful sandstone cliffs of southern Utah, we offer a healing environment that mirrors our surroundings, both expansive and embracing. Discovery Ranch South nestles comfortably into the surrounding desert and mountains, drawing on its quiet beauty, inherent strength, and enduring ability to inspire.
What Makes Discovery Ranch South Different?
We believe that families play an essential role in helping their loved ones overcome technology addiction. At Discovery Ranch South, we offer various opportunities for family participation, including weekly family therapy sessions, on-campus visits, and Parent Seminars. We prioritize the development of healthy family relationships through fundamental communication, life skills, and social & emotional learning skills to ensure a supportive and nurturing environment for your child to recover.
At Discovery Ranch South, your child will have the opportunity to thrive in a small, supportive community immersed in the beauty and adventure of southern Utah. From outdoor activities like hiking and horseback riding to attending local technology conferences, there are countless opportunities for growth and exploration. With caring staff members and a focus on lasting change, Discovery Ranch South is the perfect place for your child to heal and develop the necessary skills to live a balanced and healthy life.
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Our research & outcomes show teens can live a life free from mental health issues
75% of students report they are more comfortable sharing feelings with their parents.
75% of students & parents report significantly better family functioning
90% of parents report teen is much better compared to the beginning of treatment
96% of both parents and students showed consistent improvement on problem behavior (Y-OQ) and emotional problems tests (BPFS-C)
100% of students report their problems are much better than when they began
Six months after graduation, 100% of parents and students say that their problems are much better than when they began
Don't Take Our Word For it
(all testimonials were taken from reviews left by alumni families on our google profile)
Have Questions? Ready to Get Started?
Our Trusted Admissions Specialists Are Here to Serve You
We understand that seeking help for a technology addiction can be a daunting task, especially when your family is in crisis. Taking the first step towards seeking professional help for your teenager's technology addiction takes immense strength and courage. Our goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where your teenager can heal and grow. We believe that every teenager has the potential to thrive, and we are honored to be a part of their healing journey.
We recognize the challenges and fears that families face when navigating the world of mental health treatment for technology addiction. That's why we're here to provide support and guidance through every step of the process. Our compassionate and experienced team is dedicated to helping families find the right treatment option that meets their unique needs.
Here is a brief overview of what to expect when starting your technology addiction treatment journey with us:
- Speak with one of our friendly admissions team members who'll conduct a comprehensive assessment to identify your unique treatment needs.
- During the admissions process, you'll tour our facility and meet our compassionate staff.
- We'll then create a personalized technology addiction treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.
Let us help you begin transforming your life through our evidence-based technology addiction treatment program. Remember, all calls are always confidential, and we are here to listen and provide guidance. Don't hesitate to reach out to us - we're here to help you and your family through this difficult time.
Meet One of Our Admissions Specialists Answering Your Call
You don’t need to provide anything if you have some questions about how to help your teenager with technology addiction. If you decide Discovery Ranch South is right for your family, we’ll send you a student profile sheet in order to get more detailed information about your family’s situation.
It's common to feel overwhelmed by the various technology addiction treatment options available. That's why it's vital to consult a treatment professional who can guide you through the process and ensure that you make the best decision for your teen and family.
We’re happy to spend as much or as little time as you need to answer your questions. If you wish to complete your initial enrollment, typically we can do that in just under 60 minutes.