Addiction Treatment for Teens
As a parent, you want nothing but the best for your child. From the moment he enters the world, your primary focus becomes his health, safety, and well-being, from his first steps to his first day of high school.
Unfortunately, even the best influences and opportunities in the world can't protect children from everything. Some teens feel the need to push limits, rebelling against rules and guidelines by sneaking out, disobeying parent requests, and even using drugs and alcohol.
Teen addiction is a deeply serious issue, and recreational drug use can pose significant problems throughout the remainder of the teen years and into adulthood. If you suspect drug abuse in your teen, please call Teen Treatment Center today at (844) 319-5239 to get the help you and your family deserve.
Teen drug use comes in many shapes and sizes, from casual drinking with friends to party drugs at raves. With a rise in both synthetic and prescription drug abuse, there are now dozens of substances that can hook your teen, trapping him in an addiction that won't be easy to escape.
At Teen Treatment Center, we are happy to provide assistance for a wide range of problematic addictions, from street drugs like heroin to performance aids like Adderall. Here are some of the addictions we are prepared to treat:
- Cocaine Addiction
- Crystal Meth Addiction
- Ecstasy and MDMA Addiction
- Heroin Addiction
- Inhalants Addiction
- LSD Addiction
- Marijuana Dependence
- Marijuana Edible Addiction
- Mushrooms Addiction
- Salvia Addiction
- Synthetic Marijuana Addiction
- Adderall Addiction
- Ativan Addiction
- Benzodiazepines/Benzo Addiction
- Modafinil Addiction
- Dextromethorphan Addiction (Cough Syrup)
- Opiate Addiction
- Oxycodone Addiction
- Steroid Abuse Addiction
- Suboxone Addiction
- Valium Addiction
- Vicodin Addiction
- Xanax Addiction
How Common is Teen Addiction?
Exploration and an interest in independence are natural parts of young adulthood, and many consider drug use to be a step in this journey. After all, it's extremely common: approximately 13% of 8th graders, 30% of 10th graders, and 40% of 12th graders have used drugs over the last year. Furthermore, nearly 70% of teens try alcohol before age 18 while 22.5% of 12th graders use marijuana on a monthly basis.
Despite the frequency with which teens use drugs, the risks are significant. With the ability to threaten everything from academic performance to relationships, a little drug use now can mean serious problems with addiction later. Additionally, the younger substance abusers begin using, the more likely they are to have long-lasting struggles with sobriety; nearly nine in 10 adult addicts began using before age 18 and those who begin experimenting before age 15 are seven times more likely to develop a substance abuse disorder than those who wait until after age 21 to use.
What Is Addiction?
An addict is anyone who has developed a physical or behavioral dependence on a particular substance, despite harmful consequences. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5), individuals must meet at least two of the following criteria to be clinically diagnosed with a substance use disorder:
- Use in excess of expectations or intentions
- Failed efforts to cut down on use
- Significant time spent using, even with unpleasant aftereffects
- Desiring use so strongly it's hard to think of anything else
- An interference with normal life, like a job or schooling
- Continued use in spite of resulting interpersonal problems
- Reckless behavior due to use
- Neglect of formerly pleasurable hobbies and activities due to use
- Continued use even when use triggers feelings of depression or anxiety
- An increased tolerance
- Withdrawal symptoms
Per the DSM-5, substance use disorders can also be classified as mild (two to three symptoms), moderate (four to five symptoms), or severe (six or more symptoms) depending on the number of diagnostic criteria met
Addiction is frequently physical. Most drugs are effective due to their changes to the body, attaching to receptors in the brain to change behavior, increase happiness, induce relaxation, or prompt hallucinogenic responses. Over time, regular use can cause temporary or permanent changes, altering the ways in which the body functions, processes emotions, and responds to stimuli.
Can a Teen Be an Addict?
In society, addicts are often painted in an extremely negative light, bringing to mind adults who are now homeless, unable to hold down a job. or maintain strong relationships. As such, many parents refuse to use the term "addict" to describe their child, instead chalking up regular drug use to youthful indiscretion.
However, despite the resistance to admitting the truth, it is fully possible for teens to develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Teens who use drugs are at great risk for both physical and mental addiction, with increased threats due to the still-developing nature of the adolescent brain. In fact, addiction is more efficient in the teenage brain, meaning that teens are far more likely to develop dependence after casual use than adults over the age of 25.
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While the brain plays a substantial role in teen drug abuse, not all addictions are chemical in nature. In fact, many addictions are related to behavior rather than changes to the body, creating habits that drive urges to act.
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, "Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one's behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response." This detailed description does not, of course, relate specifically to changes to the brain; accordingly, addiction can be both mental and behavioral as well as chemical.
While substance abuse habits are generally physical in nature, with the exception of habit-forming drugs like marijuana or LSD that do not have strong ties to changes within the brain, many other forms of addiction are not. These can include food, gambling, love and sex, shopping, and even exercise. While these are primary focuses of Teen Treatment Center, we do understand that non-chemical addiction can co-occur with substance abuse disorders, creating a devastating chain of behavior that requires professional assistance to address.
The Negative Effects of Addiction
While teen substance use and experimentation may seem normal to some parents, addiction is often the start of a debilitating cycle. Addiction carries with it numerous far-reaching negative effects on everything from academic performance to relationships with friends and family, creating an uphill battle for your family to fight.
The consequences of addiction can be extremely problematic, including:
- A risk of long-term substance abuse issues when early treatment is foregone
- Academic problems, including a reduction in grades and damaged chances of college admissions
- Deterioration of friendly and romantic relationships
- Increased chances of neurological disorders, like anxiety, depression, mood swings, and memory loss
- Physical effects, like organ damage, increased risk of some cancers, brain damage, heightened probability of HIV/AIDS, and gastrointestinal disease
Facing addiction in your child is very challenging. You may feel overwhelmed, scared, isolated, or even hurt. However, the steps you take next can make all the difference.
With assistance from a rehabilitation and detox facility specializing in working with teens and their families, it is possible to see a light at the end of the tunnel. From medically-supervised detox to ensure a safe, supported withdrawal process to individual and group counseling to provide education and coping strategies, Teen Treatment Center is able to offer everything your teen needs to break free from drugs or alcohol.
We know that no two teens are equal, and our treatment programs reflect this. With a personalized approach to therapy, we are able to provide assistance suited to your family's wants, needs, and expectations. Our capabilities include:
- Individual therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy)
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Academic programs
- Basic living skills
- Spiritual care
Throughout our programs, our primary goal is to prevent relapse and restore the family, focusing on techniques that address drug addiction at its roots. With a customized array of available programs ranging from legal aid to vocational education, we can create a course of treatment that works best for your teen, no matter his unique situation.
Facing teen drug addiction can be immensely overwhelming, but help is here. Teen Treatment Center is a licensed, accredited facility dedicated to treating adolescents in need. With a wide range of treatment opportunities for both substance abuse as well as co-occurring disorders, we can create an individualized treatment path designed to foster positive growth and change.
Contact Teen Treatment Center at (844) 319-5239 today to explore the options we have available. All consultations are fully confidential.
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