Teen drug rehabs are not easy to find. While many teens experiment with alcohol or drugs, most do not create a dependency. The issues become serious when a teen begins to suffer consequences that affect their daily life. These types of issues are usually shown by a poor performance in school, a lack of interest in activities they at one time were interested in, change in friends, a hopeless attitude that exhibits anywhere from anger to helplessness, sometimes legal problems, and even self mutilation or suicidal ideation.
Choosing a drug rehab that can truly help an adolescent requires a search for the right components. There are programs that focus on addiction, others that focus on addiction and dual diagnosis issues. Some focus on academics and others are wilderness adventures. The best way to choose a program is to begin with an assessment from a therapist, educational consultant, or even a local treatment center that offers confidential assessments.
There are many reasons Teens use alcohol and drugs.
Teens may want to fit in with their peers and therefore justify that using alcohol or drugs is just socially acceptable. Unfortunately in many teen peer groups it is socially acceptable. Usually teens enjoy the way they feel when drinking or using drugs, and believe they can stop any time they want. Since most adolescents tend to be risk-takers, they may take drugs or drink because it seems exciting. There is risk factor for developing serious alcohol or drug problems and even addiction.
There are popular drugs in the teenage community based on the accessibility and economics. Prescription medications have become a regular way for teens to get high. Marijuana and alcohol are also very common. Harder substances like heroin, speed, crack, and inhalants are usually abused by a sub culture within the peer groups of those teens who abuse drugs.
There are many consequences of teen substance abuse.
Risk-taking behaviors increase when anyone becomes intoxicated and with teens this increase can cause long-term consequences. Car accidents, suicides, self-mutilation, and pregnancy are some of the main issues that are seen. Sexual promiscuity is prevalent amongst teens and those abusing drugs have a tendency to be in compromising situations.
Many teens begin to show behavioral problems and emotional problems. Many teenagers have low self-esteem, lack of interest in social activities, lack of involvement with their families. Drugs and alcohol affect every single relationship with the abuser, even if that is not the intent. Many substance abusers really believe they can quit any time they want to… they just don’t want to. This is the paradox of substance abuse. The denial is very strong and hard to break.
How to recognize signs of substance abuse in teens.
Begin to notice changes in behavior and mood at home, in grades and attitude toward school, and in friends and leisure activities. Become aware of the smell of smoke and alcohol on clothes or on breath. Most parents will recognize these behavior changes, which can lead to a teen falling into addiction versus knowing if their son or daughter in abusing drugs or alcohol.
What to do when you think substance abuse may be a problem for your teen.
Seek professional help from a counselor, therapist, interventionist, doctor, or clergy. No one knows his or her kid better than a mom or dad, however in this situation, professional help will guide you to make the next indicated step. Not all teens that experiment with drugs or alcohol turn into an addict. Remember to stay calm and seek help. Timing can be very important. DO NOT wait to see if this is a phase or will pass on it’s own. The only thing an individual cannot recover from is death, and drugs kill in many ways. Do not hesitate to get your loved one the help they need.