Teens who end up in treatment aren’t bad, or wrong, or broken—
they are beautiful, powerful, sensitive young adults who simply don’t fit in the box that our society has created for them. I founded Newport Academy a decade ago to embrace these teens and their families throughout the healing process, at a critical juncture of their lives. Our team of more than 200 clinicians, doctors, therapists, nutritionists, yoga teachers, and administrative faculty are continuously evolving our approach to treatment, because the dynamics impacting teens are always shifting.
Every solution starts with a problem. Ours was simple and, at the same time, complex: Many recognized facilities that seek to treat teens struggling with trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders, and mental health disorders merely treat the symptoms, not the underlying issues. Without an approach that gets to these core issues, the success rate of adolescent treatment is hindered.
Treating symptoms can sometimes lead to short-term positive outcomes, but it does not create real, sustainable success. The model of addressing symptomology doesn’t touch the deepest challenges that all teens face: anxiety, depression, feelings of inadequacy, and lack of self-worth. Without an understanding of how to process their emotions and use healthy coping mechanisms, adolescents are at a much higher risk of developing self-destructive behaviors.
I experienced this struggle firsthand, along with my family, as we faced the challenges of my adolescence. At various points, my brother, sister, and I attended as many as a dozen of the country’s premier treatment centers. Although I felt that my family perceived me as a failure each time I had to start again at a new facility, it was those “failures” that set the stage for the birth of something new and important. With each treatment center I attended, I slowly began to see that I wasn’t healing because I was simply being treated symptomatically.
We set out to build Newport Academy as a comprehensive treatment alternative to teen rehabilitation, an approach that addresses the “why,” not just the “what.” Our treatment program focuses on each teen’s unique DNA, history, temperament, and constitution, providing an integrated approach that balances their psychological, biological, social, educational, and spiritual needs.
It is our mission, pure and simple, to continue to provide the most comprehensive, impactful treatment, enabling young people to move out of the darkness and into the light, into happy, fulfilling lives.
Have the best day,
Jamison Monroe, Jr.
My odyssey started 20 years ago,
when a psychologist told my teenager that he would most likely live a miserable life, die young, and be a disappointment to himself, his family, and everyone he knew. It is a terrible feeling when you come to the realization that your child is dealing with mental health issues that you cannot fully understand. I know this firsthand, as I have three children who suffered with mental health and substance abuse issues.
About two years after my oldest son entered treatment, his younger brother took a large amount of hallucinogens, and ended up in a psychiatric hospital at 2:30 am on his mother’s birthday. A few days later, I went to the doctor’s office for a procedure. I remember crying all the way there. When the doctor asked me how I was doing, I felt as if my legs had been knocked out from under me. I eventually replied, “I’m not doing very well. Both of my sons are messed up, and I don’t know what to do.” He looked at me and said, warmly, “It will be okay.”
The sense of hope and confidence he gave me in that moment was profound. It hadn’t been okay for a long time.
After an exhaustive search, we finally found a treatment program that addressed my son’s issues by treating him holistically: mind, body, and spirit. I believe one of the keys to his success was this integrated approach to healing, which gave him the space for awareness. It was in this space that my son was able to find an inner sense of self and acceptance that he’d never known before.
Facing and working through his deepest fears in a supportive and safe environment gave my son new hope and the freedom to explore his own path forward—not what we, his parents, wanted for him, or what his recovery coaches wanted. This newfound independence was revolutionary for him and for us.
His process of easing back into daily life began in a residential treatment facility, then progressed to lower levels of care. This progression was extremely important. He went through 90 days of inpatient treatment and eight months of outpatient therapy. It was this level of programmatic commitment and structured living that made an enormous difference in the enduring success of his treatment. The long-term, holistic approach brought everything together and allowed my son to turn his life around.
After many years of having my children in and out of nationally recognized treatment centers, I realized that these institutions were like “recovery factories,” like “factory farms.” There was little to no individualization in the treatment the kids received, despite the vast differences in the issues they were facing. While other areas of medicine provide “personalized health care,” there was almost no personalized care in the adolescent mental health or substance abuse fields.
Enter Newport Academy. We’ve incorporated crucial holistic elements into Newport Academy’s treatment programs. Newport Academy offers teens and families the compassion and unconditional love that we know from experience is crucial to the healing process—the compassion I heard in my doctor’s voice that day. Newport Academy is committed to working with the entire family, emphasizing the importance of family involvement in every aspect of treatment and recovery. This is a core belief for us, a founding principle that distinguishes us from other premium treatment facilities.
Today, all three of my children have been in recovery for more than 10 years and are doing very well. We know that what worked for us will work for others. Jamison and I co-founded Newport Academy because we are dedicated to helping families navigate this extremely difficult journey and come out on the other side. Wherever you seek treatment or help, we wish you and your family the most positive outcomes on your journey.
(Parent of three, all currently in recovery
for more than 10 years)