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BNI Treatment Centers

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LAST UPDATED: July 23rd, 2020

Behavioral Neuroscience Institute (BNI) Treatment Centers offer addiction recovery and mental health services for teens ages 12 to 17. BNI Treatment Centers are physician owned and operated.

BNI Treatment Centers treat anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, oppositional defiance, and behavioral issues. Teens can also receive treatment for video game addiction, substance abuse, and sexual addiction. If your teen has both a mental health disorder and addiction, BNI Treatment Centers offers dual diagnosis treatment.

The medical professionals at BNI Treatment Centers create individualized treatment plans based on each teen's needs. While treatment plans can vary, they typically include individual, experiential, group, and family therapy and nutrition. Additional evidence-based therapies include cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior, mindfulness-based (MBCT), psychodynamic, and solution-focused brief therapy.

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The Good

  • Qualified Professionals
  • Accepts Patients from Around the World
  • Acute Stabilization
  • Medically Supervised Detox
  • Residential Treatment Programs
  • Academic Support
  • Out-Patient Treatment and Support
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment
  • Online Resources and Information

Qualified Professionals

BNI Treatment Centers is CARF accredited. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an international nonprofit that reviews health and human services for quality, value, and outcomes. BNI Treatment Centers's CARF accreditation shows that you can trust the quality of care your teen will receive.

BNI Treatment Centers's website also displays badges from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Qualified and experienced doctors are also employed by BNI Treatment Centers, which means that your teen will receive treatment from excellent doctors and therapists.

BNI Treatment Centers has such a good reputation that it is a continuing education provider for the California Psychological Association and is an approved training facility for UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Southern California University of Health Sciences. These professional development and training aspects show that BNI Treatment Centers is a leader in psychology, mental health, and addiction treatment.

Accepts Patients from Around the World

BNI Treatment Centers is located in Los Angeles county, so it is most convenient for families in Los Angeles or Southern California. However, BNI Treatment Centers offers its services to patients from across the United States and internationally. Its location near the Los Angeles Airport makes it convenient for people flying in to receive treatment.

Acute Stabilization

BNI Treatment Centers treats psychiatric and drug-related crises with acute stabilization. It involves integrated medical and psychiatric interventions and is a short-term process.

For drug-related crises, BNI Treatment Centers builds on first responders' initial treatment. Follow-up acute stabilization treatment at BNI Treatment Centers lasts a few days.

For psychiatric emergencies, including hallucinations, paranoia, perceptual disturbances, etc., BNI Treatment Centers professionals work to calm agitated patients with mild to moderate sedation. If a patient becomes harmful to others, BNI Treatment Centers staff will use physical restraints. An assessment for suicidal ideation, homicidal thoughts, presence of delusions or hallucinations follows acute stabilization. Pharmaceutical intervention and clinical psychotherapy are part of the treatment.

Medically Supervised Detox

A medically supervised detox helps ensure that your teen goes through withdrawal safely and is set-up for success with recovery. BNI Treatment Centers offers a supervised and safe medical detox. This process takes 14 days. Withdrawal symptoms start within the first 12 hours after the last dose. Symptoms will peak on the second and third days.

For the best success, the detox needs to be followed by additional treatment, either residential or outpatient.

Residential Treatment Programs

With the residential treatment, your teen will live at the center and receive more intensive support and treatment based on their needs, including the following types of therapy:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
  • Solution focused therapy

Teens also enjoy other therapeutic activities:

  • Equine therapy
  • Gardening
  • Surf therapy
  • Hiking
  • Yoga
  • Outdoor fitness
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Drama therapy
  • Journaling
  • Meditation

The program also includes fostering healthy relationships and family support. It also includes medications as appropriate.

Residential treatment helps teens with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD and trauma, suicidal ideation, psychotic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, substance use disorder, dual diagnosis of mental health and addiction, teen grief, and loss.

Academic Support

For teens in the residential programs, BNI Treatment Centers offers academic support to help them keep up with their schoolwork and education. Your teen will benefit from on-site tutors and computer stations. 

BNI Treatment Centers coordinates with school representatives, parents, and students to ensure that your teen is ready to go back to school when their residential treatment program is over.

Out-Patient Treatment and Support

BNI Treatment Centers also offers out-patient treatment and support. Treatment is again individualized to each teen's needs. However, it generally includes individual psychotherapy, group therapy, family-focused therapy, participation in a 12-step or similar support group, and relapse prevention planning.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

If your teen is dealing with addiction and mental health disorders, BNI Treatment Centers treats these co-occurring issues at the same time. These dual diagnosis treatments are also individualized based on your teen's needs. However, treatments usually include detox and withdrawal followed by active treatment. Outpatient active treatment is an option for teens with a mild substance use disorder and a mental health disorder that responds to medication.

Active treatment generally includes individual psychotherapy, group therapy, medication management, addiction education, and relapse prevention. Additional therapies including medication, mindfulness training, and art therapy are also part of active treatment.

Once active treatment is finished, continued care is still needed through counseling and group therapy.

Online Resources and Information

BNI Treatment Centers's website offers helpful educational information for parents learning about teenage mental health and recognizing symptoms of substance abuse. This information empowers you to help your teen get the help they need.

You can also view pictures of the facility online, which gives you a sense of the space and atmosphere.


The Bad

  • Limited Cost Information Online
  • Located in Los Angeles

Limited Cost Information Online

While BNI Treatment Centers offers excellent information about its services, symptoms of mental health disorders, and how to identify addiction, it does not have pricing information online.

Treatment programs are individualized, so that may cause some variability in cost. Insurance coverage will also affect your out-of-pocket cost for treatment. To have your insurance coverage verified and to learn more about costs, you'll need to reach out to BNI Treatment Centers directly.

Located in Los Angeles

BNI Treatment Centers is most convenient for families in the Los Angeles area. While it does accept patients from all over the world, families living outside of the Los Angeles area may find a more convenient option closer to home.


The Bottom Line

If your teen needs treatment for addiction, mental health, or both, BNI Treatment Centers is a trusted provider. It is physician owned and operated. It has earned accreditations from CARF and is an approved training facility for local medical schools and provided professional development education. 

Your teen's treatment plan will be individualized to their needs and the severity of their condition. BNI Treatment Centers offer acute stabilization, medically-supervised detox and withdrawal, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and dual diagnosis treatment services. Whatever your teen's needs, BNI Treatment Centers is equipped to support them through recovery.

While most convenient for families in the Los Angeles area, BNI Treatment Centers is an excellent recovery treatment center to choose for your teen.

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