Adolescent Mental Health Treatment.

Millions of teens and adolescents struggle with mental health problems. Research shows that 1 in 5 teens struggles with mental health problems, and most remain undiagnosed or even detected. Yet, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in adolescents aged 14-19. This tragedy can be averted by recognizing the deeper, underlying problems. If your child or loved one is struggling with mental health issues, getting them help now will ensure they can grow into adulthood with the tools to live a healthy life. The team at 12 South Recovery in Orange County, California is here to ensure that help is available.


Our team is comprised of certified and licensed medical experts, therapists, and counselors, dedicated to providing quality of care, confidentiality, and compassion. We’re dedicated to providing the comprehensive care teens and adolescents need to recover to the fullest possible extent, with holistic treatment to help each individual through their unique problems. And, our program offers a full range of family treatment, reintegration, and aftercare to ensure our patients have everything they need to get back to their life.

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More than half of all mental illnesses start before the age of 18, with 1 in 5 teens struggling with mental illness

43% of teens with substance use problems have a co-occurring mental health problem, but most mental health problems are never treated 

Depression is the 4th leading cause of illness and one of the leading causes of death in teens 14-19 years old

12 South Recovery offers a comprehensive treatment program specifically designed around the needs of teens and adolescents 


Adolescents struggle with more pressure, more work, and more mental health problems than ever before. 

Over the last few decades, school workloads have gone up as high as 3 hours per night for private schools, and kids face new and intense pressure from social media. As a result, even teens not facing extra factors such as socio-economic stress, bullying, or mental health disorders can feel pressured and may have poorer mental health. And, for many, family, genetics, epigenetics, home situation, and physical health can result in poor mental health, substance abuse, and substance use dependence. Many also go through trauma, whether accidents, family separation, bullying, or natural disasters, which can greatly scar the psyche and result in PTSD and trauma-related disorders.

1 in 6 people alive is under the age of 18. And, while half of all mental illnesses start before the age of 14, most cases remain undetected and undiagnosed according to the World Health Organization. Or, that is until they majorly impact life and health. The same survey reveals that 30-40% of all childhood mental illnesses become lifelong problems, especially when not treated.


While millions of teens experience mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and substance use disorders, they remain untreated. 


This can greatly negatively impact those people now, and in the future. Teens are still developing, and imbalances in emotional and mental health can negatively affect brain development, increase risk-taking behaviors, and result in reduced physical health through stomach upset and lack of sleep.

Mental illnesses can further result in self-harm, starvation and food deprivation, substance use disorders, suicidal ideation, and suicide.

Getting treatment for a mental health disorder is critical, not only to allowing a teen to continue their life, to focus on learning and education that build the foundation of their future, but also to ensure that mental health problems don’t result in physical health problems or death. Getting help is about quality of life now, and in the future.


Dual diagnosis, or instances where adolescents are diagnosed with both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, is incredibly common.

The World Health Organization identifies that some 13.8% of all teens binge drink, the Monitoring the Future Study shows that 13% of all American teens use drugs, and some 7% of adolescents meet DSMIV criteria for a substance use disorder. SAHMSA reports that 1 in 4 adolescents with a severe mental illness also suffer from a substance use disorder.


Substance use can cause further harm to teens, directly causing physical and mental health problems, preventing the creation and maintenance of healthy social relationships, and preventing teens from adapting and growing or learning for their future.

Getting help is critical. Most importantly, the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Drug Use and Health agree that seeking intervention and behavioral therapy can be beneficial to drug and alcohol abusing adolescents, even if they don’t meet criteria for substance use dependence. 


At 12 South Recovery, we understand that adolescents face unique challenges to their mental health and stability. 

Our Adolescent mental health treatment program is designed to cater to those unique needs, and the personalized needs of each individual in our care. Adolescents heavily rely on their social groups, including family, friends, and school. Our program is designed around the following premises: 

Every adolescent is unique, and treatment must be tailored to developmental stage, life experience, sexuality and gender identity, and culture. Our therapists work with each individual to design a holistic treatment program tackling individual problems. 

Family must be involved; relationship management and family therapy are included wherever family (including family chosen by the individual) are beneficial to the treatment.

Interaction with the program, including actively participating in planning, organizing, and leading program activities and projects, is essential to continued motivation and engagement.


Our adolescent treatment program includes guided care intended to build on the natural supports, strengths, resiliencies, and perspectives of the individual, focusing on the individual needs and goals of the client. We combine this with a complete focus on protecting the safety, autonomy, and privacy of the patient, so that an adolescent may safely seek treatment, whether inpatient or outpatient. 

Get Your Questions Answered Now.


12 South Recovery is dedicated to providing personalized care and support to teens and adolescents moving through our program. 

That’s why our admissions process includes a screening to determine whether we can meet your needs, what care is most appropriate, and how we can meet needs.


Self-identify as needing mental health or have been referred from a medical professional as being appropriate for non-hospital-based treatment.

Have completed our 10-question intake inquiry assessment with the help of a 12 South staff member and been approved for admission.

Indicate interest and motivation in working towards recovery.

Not have legal or medical impediments precluding treatment.

Admission must be approved by clinical and medical staff following review and deciding whether 12 South Recovery can fully treat the patient and their needs. 

Intake screenings assess for health, mental health, and behavioral health issues. Questions are designed to highlight the possibility of trauma, suicide risk, depression, and co-occurring disorders, and are designed to help us identify and understand what further assessments are needed during treatment.


Following admission, 12 South Recovery will conduct a complete assessment of mental and physical health. This may include a thorough psychological assessment, lab testing of blood or urine, and follow-up testing as determined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and ASAM criteria. The result may include diagnosis, as well as the utilization of material submitted by medical professionals, family members, schools, legal guardians, probation, etc., to verify the necessity and form of treatment.


In line with recommendations offered by SAHMSA, we offer an Early Intervention program, designed to assess and counsel at-risk adolescents who appear to have mental health risks. This program offers education, coping mechanisms, and ultimately aims to reduce the effects of mental health disorders when they do appear.


All patients receive a customized treatment plan, tailored to their health, mental health, environment, strengths and weaknesses, needs, skills, capabilities, and the conditions they face in environment, at home, and at school. This program will be updated throughout treatment to ensure that it remains relevant to the individual and their needs. Our goal is to leverage existing support frameworks and motivation (family, friends, goals) and strengths, while helping individuals to tackle their own fears and weaknesses.  

What to Expect at 12 South Recovery?

Our Orange County mental health treatment facility offers inpatient and outpatient care,

built around a schedule suitable for school-age adolescents, and delivered by licensed and trained professionals.  Our programs address family and community influences, home environment, behavior, and physical health to ensure a holistic treatment.

Types of Treatment

12 South Recovery offers a highly regarded, state licensed outpatient treatment program specifically for adolescents.



Outpatient treatment is conducted at our facility in Orange County, but teens continue to stay in their home. Outpatient treatment provides more freedom, a lighter treatment schedule, and more room to attend school, but may be less ideal in the case where students face stress at home, extreme peer pressure or bullying at school, a substance use disorder, or a disabling mental illness. 

We provide dinner to all clients, with a half-hour dinner break between groups.

who are able to deliver treatment programs using evidence-based therapies and techniques. We offer treatment for mental health, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, borderline disorder, bipolar disorder, and others. Our adolescent program is open to ages 12-17, male and female. While our base program is not divided by gender, we strive to ensure that gender-oriented options are available where necessary. Programs last an average of 60-90 days but are tailored to the individual and their needs.

Behavioral Therapy - We offer individual and group therapy using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. These therapies are designed to help individuals recognize, control, and modulate behavior and emotions, using coping skills, by developing better habits, and by managing their state of mind.

Family Therapy - Family therapy includes weekly individual sessions and monthly group sessions, which may be updated on a needs-basis. 

Educational Groups – This includes Peer support, emotional regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal skill development, trigger identification, grounding techniques, psychoeducation, cognitive distortions education, anxiety education, depression education, trauma education, relationship building, boundaries, self-esteem building, coping skills, emotional awareness, opposite action, self-soothing, anger management, role playing, life skill development, spirituality, and decision-making. 

Individual Therapy

National Alliance of Mental Illness

12-Step – 12 Step Meetings and Attendance are included in the treatment program. We will invite the individual to join their local Alateen upon leaving our facility. 

MAT – In a tiny percentage of cases, 12 South Recovery will rely on Medication Assisted Treatment as part of our program. This is avoided wherever possible, because we believe that it is better for adolescents to avoid medications which may not have been tested for safety on younger patients. In any case where medication assisted treatment is prescribed, it will be done so by a qualified medical professional such as our on-site physician, who will closely monitor the treatment following prescription.

Aftercare – Every program at 12 South Recovery includes comprehensive aftercare, including a written discharge plan designed to help the individual leverage their strengths, and their network. We offer ongoing support with optional sober-living, spiritual and faith-based support, drop-in centers and crisis call lines and services, and ongoing education. In addition, we work to ensure that every individual can integrate back into their community and into a local Alateen or equivalent to receive ongoing support.

Every program is completely tailored to individual needs, updated on a weekly basis throughout treatment, and designed to provide holistic treatment. 

The Treatment Program

Treatment includes:

12 South Recovery maintains a team of licensed therapists, medical doctors, and counselors, 

Adolescent Friendly

It’s crucial that family be able to send adolescents to treatment,

Program Hours – Adolescent programs are held between 4:30 and 8:00 PM or 5:00 and 8:30 PM, allowing students to attend school first. These programs are completely separate from our adult programs and students will never interact with adults on our campus.

knowing that their safety, privacy, and special needs are taken care of. It’s also critical that any student be able to continue attending school. We are committed to ensuring the safety and privacy of every young adult in our care.

Clinical Supervisors – Therapists and a counselor are on-site during program hours. An American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists clinical supervisor will always be present during program hours. 

Getting Help

If your adolescent loved one is struggling with a mental illness it’s critical to get help. 

Adolescents are especially vulnerable to mental illness, and repercussions can be significantly greater for the developing brain and body than for an adult. 12 South Recovery offers an evidence-based program designed to meet the needs of adolescents. We’re passionate about delivering that program with compassion, care, and understanding. We care about people, and our team are experienced in providing care to and helping young people to learn, develop, and to heal. 

Call us at 888-830-8374 to schedule a consultation, or to learn more about our adolescent mental health treatment program.