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Teen Drug Rehab & Treatment
Glendale, Arizona

Teen Mental Health Arizona

Nexus Teen Academy

Navigating Adolescent Struggles in Glendale, Arizona

Is your Glendale teen struggling with drug abuse or addiction?

According to recent data from the Arizona Youth Survey:

  • 38% of Glendale 12th graders reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days
  • 25% of Glendale high school students used marijuana in the past month
  • 11% of Glendale 10th graders misused prescription drugs in the last year

These alarming statistics highlight the urgent need for accessible, high-quality teen drug treatment in Glendale. At Nexus Teen Academy, we’re committed to being part of the solution through our evidence-based, compassionate care.

The experienced team at Nexus Teen Academy is here to help. Our Glendale teen drug treatment program combine evidence-based therapies, compassionate support, and a tailored approach to give your child the tools they need to achieve lasting recovery.

Don’t wait until your child hits rock bottom to seek professional help. Early intervention is key to preventing the devastating consequences of progressive addiction.

Evidence-Based Teen Drug Rehab Treatment for Glendale Adolescents

At Nexus Teen Academy, think of us as clinical experts, not just for the teens but also for their families. The journey through the teenage years can get unstable, and when things go sideways (unexpected disruptions), it’s not just the teens who feel the heat; the whole family does.

That’s where we step in. Before we dive deeper, let’s touch on some facts. There was a 72.2% upsurge in RX stimulant usage among Glendale youth.

Even more shocking was the 485.7% leap in RX sedative usage among the youth. Seeing these numbers makes you think, doesn’t it? That’s why we’re here discussing the vital role of residential treatment in 2024.

Our approach differs from what you might find in other residential treatment centers in Glendale. We don’t just offer any therapy; our acclaimed residential therapeutic program is hard to come by, esfpecially here in Glendale.

We have a team of experienced – therapists, doctors, and counselors who really know their work. They get to the bottom of (that issue) what’s bothering a teen, whether it’s anger, sadness, acting out, substance abuse, or just being unable to focus or keep their emotions in check.

They try to figure out the big “whys” behind their feelings and actions. And it’s not just about coping. We want these Glendale teenagers to start dreaming again and to see a life full of happiness, meaning, and success. Part of our residential treatment program in Glendale is about putting what they learn into practice right here in the safety of our residential center.

So, at Nexus, we’re not just talking about improving things. We’re doing it, one teen at a time, helping them rewrite their stories for a happier, more successful life. Moreover, here’s a short list of teen therapy services that we provide to Glendale teens in our residential program:


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect teens who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events. It can lead to flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety.


Traumatic events in teens can cause overwhelming anxiety or distress and include experiencing, witnessing, or being confronted with physical, verbal, and emotional abuse or another event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury to oneself or someone else. When fight, flight, or freeze are triggered, the body responds to the perceived threat by sending more blood and oxygen in vital organs, which can result in increased heart rate, nausea, clammy hands, blurred vision, and/or feeling spacey to name a few trauma reactions.

Teen Self Harm

Adolescent self-harming behaviors are often a coping mechanism for teens grappling with emotional distress. Our experienced clinical team will help discover the root causes and guide your teenager in developing long-term emotional well-being and happiness strategies.


Anxiety disorders in teens can cause excessive worry and fear, impacting daily life. Our treatment strategies offer residents space to process, investigate triggers, and establish tools to manage anxiety and build resilience.

Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal ideation in teens can be scary for both the person experiencing those thoughts and their family. Beyond monitoring your teen's behavior, it is not uncommon to feel at a loss about how to support your child. Our clinical staff will provide your loved one with the compassion and care this critical situation requires.


Teen depression is a common mental health condition that can affect how your teenager thinks, acts, and behaves. While depression can occur at any age, symptoms vary between adolescents and adults. In teens, symptoms can chronic irritability, cause a lack of interest in activities and a persistent feeling of sadness

Low Self-worth

Low self-worth can hinder a teen's personal growth and ability to create secure relationships. Our program uses trauma-informed modalities to address teenager's low self-worth. We work together to help them heal those wounds, and start establishing tools to support them in creating a healthier self perception.

Mood and Behavior Disorders

Teens who are chronically acting out, demonstrating aggressive behaviors, or chronically irritable moods may be suffering from Disruptive Mood Deregulation Disorder, Dysthymia, Oppositional Defiant Disorder(s), or other Mood Disorders. At Nexus Teen Academy, teens chronically challenging authority, fighting with peers or family members, or demonstrating explosive moods will get the support they need.

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ADHD/Impulse Control

A teen with ADHD might have trouble staying on task. They may start on a project only to end up starting five others before finishing. Being easily distracted can lead to stress, anxiety, and careless mistakes at school and at home. At Nexus, inattention, restlessness, and impulsivity that continue to cause issues at home or school will be addressed.

Psychotic Disorders

Teens with psychotic disorders may experience hallucinations or delusions. We have specialized treatment plans that provide the necessary support for managing these challenges.

Personality Disorders

Personality disorders can disrupt a teen's sense of self and relationships. Learn about our therapeutic techniques to help teens navigate and conquer these complex issues.

Mood Swings & Anger

Teens often struggle with mood swings and anger issues. Find out how our programs teach teens healthy ways to express their emotions and improve interpersonal relationships.

These services are not confined to the boundaries of Glendale; we warmly welcome parents and their teens from all across Arizona, whether you’re from Downtown Glendale, Adams Hill, Verdugo Woodlands, Montrose, Northwest Glendale, Rossmoyne, The Canyons, La Crescenta, La Canada, Sunland/Tujunga, Arrowhead Ranch, Markvale, Sahuaro Ranch or Cholla District. Together, let’s walk this path toward a brighter future. Contact us today.

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We Accept Most PPO and Private Health Insurance Plans

Insurance may cover up to 100% of your teenager’s treatment costs. We unfortunately don’t work with AHCCCS. You can confidentially verify your insurance benefits here online.

We work with most major insurance providers. You can confidentially check to see if your treatment is covered by insurance. Our admission experts are here to guide you through the process.

Glendale Teen Substance Abuse Help Therapy & Counseling

It’s worthwhile for parents to approach school counselors as a starting point in Glendale. But, remember, each counselor’s ability to dive deep into issues like mental health or substance use can differ. School counselors wear many hats—they’re not just about grades and schedules.

They also guide on career paths, academic choices, admission process, and social & personal issues. So, when it comes to specialized knowledge about mental health or substance use, there might be gaps.

That is why when it comes to finding the right help for a teenager struggling with substance abuse, mental health, and other issues, we get how tough it is for families. But the journey to recovery begins with understanding the challenges and seeking professional guidance.

The first step for families in Glendale, Arizona, is to consult with a licensed teen therapist who is equipped with the knowledge and experience to navigate the complexities of teen mental health, substance abuse, and related issues. That’s why we highly recommend parents connect with one of the following Glendale-licensed teen therapists for an initial consultation:

Glendale Teen/Adolescent TherapistLicense Number
Alison GamezLPC-13402
Devan BriggsLPC-18960
Hannah CarrLPC-16514
Kristopher SchleppLPC-16113
Raquel Dorame LPC-13967

Note: The Nexus Teen Academy team has carefully verified these names to ensure you receive trustworthy and professional advice. Each therapist is an active, licensed practitioner approved by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

Moreover, if you would like the highest level of care for your teenager, then contact us to learn more about Nexus Teen Academy’s Teen Residential Treatment Program. It’s typically a 30-60 day stay at our beautiful 9,000 sq ft house in Cave Creek, Arizona. We have a private chef and many daily activities, including therapy, group therapy, outdoor activities, and, most importantly, self-growth.

High Schools Where Your Glendale Teen Thrives

Here at Nexus Teen Academy, we deeply understand just how crucial high schools are in shaping the lives of teenagers in Glendale, Arizona. It’s more than just books and grades; it’s about growing up healthy in mind and body.

That’s why we’ve compiled a thoughtful selection of Glendale high schools known for their commitment to students’ social-emotional mental wellness, including:

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These schools excel in education and provide robust support systems, where there’s no shortage of counselors, and have new models for counselors and services to ensure students thrive in every aspect of their lives.

Furthermore, they are governed by the Glendale Union High School District (GUHSD), which is known for providing a wide range of support services, including counseling.

Note: While curating this list of schools, we have considered myriad factors, including, but not limited to, test scores, equity, parental reviews, and school curricula. We recognize that each teen is unique, and a perfect school for one might not be right for another. Please be aware that Nexus Teen Academy isn’t officially connected to any of the schools we discussed.

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Recreational Centers, Clubs, Youth Development, Reading Programs, and Community Centers In Glendale, Arizona

Like Glendale’s high schools prioritize student well-being through counseling, the city is filled with a wealth of community recreational clubs, community leagues, and literary engagement programs designed to empower teens in amazing ways.

But why these centers? Stigma and fear of society’s judgment among teens often create a barrier to seeking help. These centers offer a friendly, non-medical setting that feels more welcoming and less intimidating than traditional therapy settings.

These centers and programs foster social interaction and support, which is crucial for teens’ mental health. Being part of a community or program can help teens feel less isolated (which peaks in adolescents’ years, says a study by NIH), understand that others share their struggles, and foster a sense of belonging.

Picture this:
Your teen is dealing with Juvenile Primary Fibromyalgia (JFM) or debilitating PTSD. Participating in Foothills Recreation and Aquatic Center can help teens lessen their anxiety, augment their self-esteem, increase flexibility, and boost their mental health.

Note: Don’t forget to check out their membership rates.

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On the other hand, when teens participate in Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch – Glendale (with an annual membership of $30), GCC After School Program, GCC Summer Drop-In Summer Camp, or Lego Park, it does more than just fill your teen’s daily schedule. It opens a treasure chest of life skills. By this, we mean real-life skills like confidence (that calms them down and keeps unnecessary arguments at bay), a sense of purpose, coping techniques, problem-solving, clever strategies planning, resilience, teamwork, clever risk-taking, sportsmanship, and critical and analytical abilities that are valuable not just in overcoming their current challenges but for the future as well.

Perhaps if teens need access to quality literature, Glendale Public Library is the place they should visit. Despite “everything” being available on the internet today, libraries are a quiet, calming space—and still relevant! Beyond mere joy, the library shelves held invaluable resources. Self-help guides offered practical strategies for managing cravings and emotional distress. Memoirs of individuals (like Dry: A Memoir, by Augusten Burroughs) who overcame addiction can instill hope and a sense of shared experience.


Besides this, if teenagers in Glendale, Arizona, have a passion for sports, Youth Sports Leagues might be the teen’s alley. These leagues are more than just venues to sharpen your teens’ sports skills; they’re places designed to practice routine and build ethics, integrity, competitiveness, consistency, and discipline.

You see, skills honed through these programs among teens can act as a buffer against symptoms of substance abuse and mental illness.

Find Your Teenager's Fitness Flow in Glendale

Glendale boasts a vibrant selection of gyms, dance studios, and martial arts centers, offering dynamic classes specifically designed for teens. Whether you’re looking to groove to the beat, learn self-defense techniques, or get your fitness on, there’s something for everyone.
Think of it as a chance to challenge yourself physically and mentally, build confidence, and blast alongside other teens.

Note: (All of these are paid)

Dance Nation

  • Address: 6780 W Deer Valley Road, Glendale, Arizona 85310
  • Phone: (623) 606-3030

Spisak Dance Academy

  • Address: 5255 W Phelps Road, Suite 2, Glendale, AZ, 85306
  • Phone: (602) 547-0547

Planet Fitness

  • Address: 5121 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301 United States
  • Phone: (623) 748-9223

Anytime Fitness Glendale

  • Address: 6640 W Cactus Rd Ste A 112, Glendale AZ 85304
  • Phone: (623) 594-2422

How To Get Started?

Whether your child is beginning or continuing their recovery,
getting into Nexus Academy’s Program is a simple 3-step process that starts with one outreach.

The initial phone call

Tell us your teen’s story, explore treatment options, and discuss payment options.


Confirm treatment, verify insurance coverage, and review details about what to expect.

Start Therapy

Arrive at Nexus Teen Academy, meet our staff, tour the facility, and get settled in.

Meet Our Clinical Director

Hannah graduated from Arizona State University with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona. She began her work as a therapist ten years ago in South Phoenix with an intensive outpatient program for teens and their families. In the program, she worked with teens and their families, specializing in intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, adverse childhood trauma, and other mental health concerns using group, individual, and family therapy modalities.

Hannah Carr LPC, BC-TMH

Clinical Director of
Nexus Teen Academy

Resources For Parents of Teens Facing Substance Abuse:

Helping A Teen Who is Using Drugs
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