What We Treat
Family First Adolescent Services offers treatment for the most problematic, common and complex mental and behavioral health issues.Read more
An Innovative Treatment Center for TeensAddressing mental health, behavioral health, substance use,
trauma and problematic gaming
Family First Adolescent Services offers a best-in-class model of treatment for addressing mental health, behavioral health, substance use, trauma and problematic gaming affecting teens and their families. Teenage clients have a greater chance of success when the entire family is helped, so our treatment approach addresses the experiences of every family member.
We are on the cutting edge of trauma-informed care and the first adolescent program to apply the NeuroAffective Relational Model.
Continuing education as a vital part of our treatment process and crucial for helping teens build self-esteem and return to normal life.
Our Parent Interaction Program and ongoing family support provide a healing framework for every member of the family.
We collaborate with each family on a plan for ongoing clinical support and assistance while transitioning to a lower level of care after our program.
Family First Adolescent Services offers treatment for the most problematic, common and complex mental and behavioral health issues that affect teens today. Our treatment offers a teen-centric approach that taps into each client’s creativity, vitality and sense of community.
Our teen-centric approach to substance use issues means we address the underlying psychological issues that precipitate substance use disorders including depression, anxiety, and process disorders.
We approach teen mental health challenges with trauma-informed strategies, a blend of therapies, and education. We teach families how to be whole – through mutual love, support, and acceptance.
Childhood trauma can result in unhealthy barriers and emotional regulation that hinders relationships and growth in adolescents. By applying NARM we help teens learn to set healthy emotional boundaries and self-regulate on a daily basis.
A growing issue among today’s adolescents because of its accessibility and social acceptance, problematic gaming can be just as destructive as a substance use issue. We address the underlying issues using brain-plasticity assessments and treatment methods.
“The goal of Family First Adolescent Services is to help families stop being controlled by mental health and substance use disorders. Together we can begin building a roadmap based on compassion, boundaries and self care that families can use together to navigate the lifelong journey ahead of them.”
James McManus, LMHC, CAPFounder, Family First Adolescent Services
As Seen on Dr. Phil
In September of 2018, Family First Adolescent Services President and Founder James McManus was a guest on the Dr. Phil Show. James was there to help a family whose teenage son was suffering from a new type of issue: problematic gaming. Watch as James and Dr. Phil present a path focusing on love and treatment of underlying issues to an addicted boy and his parents.
“The entire staff genuinely cares about your child and your entire family. Their knowledge on healing & addictions come from personal experience as well as education. I was extremely comfortable with leaving my son at residence & in their care. I would recommend Family First with no hesitation. It helped our entire family function in a healthy way that I didn’t think was possible again.”
“Family First has taken an approach to treating our entire family. We have gotten to the core of our family dynamics and responses. The family therapy has helped my husband and I become better parents and has created open communication between us and our kids. I highly recommend this program to other families.”
“Family First is a very supportive program. I wish I would have knew about your program last summer. I’m so grateful for your program – and opening our eyes in how to communicate and support our child. Thank you for everything you do and provide.”
“The staff support and knowledge exceeded our expectations. As parents, we have gained invaluable tools to help our family communicate, respond to, and cope with life’s challenges. This is not just a facility, it is a temporary home where adolescents get a second chance at life.”
“The most impactful 3 days of my life in Family Program. The self-awakening, self-examination, and sense of shared community, sorrow, and hope. Never has sadness felt so good.”
“Our whole family experienced healing this weekend. We arrived fractured and left connected in a deeper way than I could have imagined. My husband and I experienced personal breakthroughs and breakthroughs in our relationship with our son. Words are so inadequate to express my gratitude. I will never forget the divine experience that this weekend was.”
“Family First is an amazing, amazing program. I cannot recommend the staff and program highly enough. I feel as though we finally have hope to bring our boy back.”
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