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Behavioral Issues

As teenagers begin to assert their independence and find their own identity, many experience behavioral changes that can seem bizarre and unpredictable. Adolescents typically exercise their independence by questioning and sometimes breaking rules. Parents and doctors must distinguish occasional errors of judgment from misbehavior that requires professional intervention.

A troubled teen faces behavioral, emotional, or learning problems beyond the normal teenager. They may repeatedly practice at-risk behaviors such as violence, skipping school, drinking, drug use, sex, self-harming, shoplifting, or other criminal acts. Or they may exhibit symptoms of mental health problems like depression, anxiety, or eating disorders.

How to know if your child needs help?

If you observe one or more of the following behaviors in your son or daughter, you should likely consider professional help/intervention.

  • Ongoing defiant behavior
  • Decrease in enjoyment and time spent with friends and family
  • Significant decrease in school performance
  • Strong resistance to attending school/chronic absenteeism
  • Problems with memory, attention or concentration
  • Significant changes in energy levels, eating or sleeping patterns
  • Physical symptoms (stomach aches, headaches, backaches)
  • Feelings of hopelessness, sadness, anxiety, frequent crying
  • Frequent aggression, disobedience or verbal abuse
  • Excessive neglect of personal appearance or hygiene
  • Substance abuse
  • Dangerous and/or illegal thrill-seeking behavior
  • Is overly suspicious of others
  • Sees/hears things that others do not

The New Foundation prides itself on being a leading provider of services effective in treating addictions and other behavioral health problems. Our strength-based programs and trauma-informed care facility can address behavioral issues while providing a safe, compassionate environment for optimal recovery. Our program provides youth the skills to stabilize their behavioral concerns by helping them develop and utilize coping skills to maintain positive behaviors and recovery in their mental health struggles.

Behavioral Issues – Residential

If your teen is exhibiting high-risk behaviors that are posing a threat to themselves or others, he or she may need a more intensive residential treatment program until symptoms improve.

Features of the residential program:
  • Individualized Treatment planning
  • Safe, comfortable home-like environment
  • Quality education from an onsite accredited school
  • Supported and supervised 24 hours a day by trained behavioral health staff
  • Quality healthcare from licensed medical professionals
  • Nursing support and medication management 24 hours
  • Oversight from a specialized adolescent psychiatrist
  • Healthy, nutritional meals approved by licensed dietitians
  • Recreational activities including onsite swimming.
  • Weekly therapy with trained therapy dogs.
  • Art therapy, forward thinking journaling, and self-reflection activities.
  • Connected to community-based supports to establish long-term recovery.
  • Discharge planning and assistance with step down services.

Our Residential Treatment Programs

Behavioral Issues - Outpatient

Our outpatient programs provide support and structure for addressing issues surrounding behavioral health issues. Participants partake in individual, family therapy, and group counseling sessions to support development of coping skills, personal strategies for success, and establishing appropriate communication models for use at home, school, and in the community. It uses several different treatment approaches to address behavioral health issues including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Our Outpatient Treatment Programs

Over 47 Years of Successful Recovery

Since 1970, The New Foundation has been a trusted provider of treatment for Arizona’s youth. Located in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, its 52 semi-private bedroom facility situated on a three-acre campus combines evidence-based practices and individualized care to provide the most effective treatment for youth struggling with depression, trauma, mood disorders, and addiction.


Outpatient Overview

The New Foundation’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents ages 11-17 years old provides a structured therapeutic treatment environment for individuals with substance abuse challenges, behavioral health issues, or both (also known as co-occurring disorders). With decades of experience dealing with psychiatric illness and dual diagnosis, The New Foundation’s IOP is unlike any other in Arizona.


The New Foundation School

The New Foundation School provides accelerated education services for clients enrolled in residential care. Located on the TNF campus, it is fully accredited by AdvancED and teaches both regular and special education. Individualized Education Plans (I.E.P.) are reviewed to ensure we are able to accommodate each child’s educational needs.  The curriculum focuses on meeting Arizona’s Common Core Standards in the primary subjects to enable clients to rejoin their age-appropriate peers upon returning to their communities and schools.


“I have come a long way and have you to thank for it. I have my own plan and am attending college going for a history degree. I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for the time I was there.”

Robert RTC child

Most Insurance Plans Accepted

The New Foundation has held accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations since 1994. The New Foundation accepts most major private or employer-sponsored health insurance plans, AHCCCS, and most Arizona Native American Tribal Healthcare Insurance plans.

Health Choice
United Healthcare
Bluecross Blueshield
Magellen Health
American Ben
APS Healthcare
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