Teen Opiate Abuse Treatment
According to publications from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, teen addiction to prescription drugs and other opiates has trended down through the decades, but the statistics have never approached zero. While downward trends indicate that preventative measures and drug education are impacting some young people, those measures aren't reaching everyone and teens in all walks of life can become involved with and then addicted to drugs.
Opiate abuse is especially dangerous and requires an immediate reaction from friends and family. Abusing opiates can be extremely dangerous to someone's health. When combined with alcohol or other drugs, the dangers are exacerbated, and the consequences of taking just one dose can include death. In fact, 19,000 people in the United States died in 2014 alone for causes related to opioids. Other effects of the drugs can include confusion and problems concentrating, constipation, slowed breathing, nausea and sleepiness.
If you suspect your teen is struggling with opiate abuse, the Teen Treatment Center is here to help. To learn more about our opiate treatment program for teens, please call us today at (844) 319-5239. Our admissions counselors are ready to answer your questions 24 hours a day year-round, and all consultations are confidential and free.
Any Teen Can Fall Prey to Opioid Dependence
Because teens are in a stage of life where both experimentation and peer pressure are high, the occasional abuse of illicit and prescription drugs is fairly common among them. The National Institue on Drug Abuse notes that by senior year in high school, approximately 50 percent of all teenagers have abused these drugs at least once. Parents might have a hard time believing their child has ever abused drugs, but with experimentation being so common, it's important to discuss these matters with your teenager regularly and honestly.
Teens of all types also experience more stress on a daily basis than adults might realize. Growing stress to perform well in school and extracurricular activities can lead teens to seek a respite from the world, and the social structures of middle and high school can drive teens to find solace in the highs or lows related to drugs. These drugs are often readily available, making it easy for teens to indulge repeatedly and causing their body to build an opioid dependence.
Once a teen's body becomes addicted or dependent on opioids, it can be difficult for them to stop using the drugs. In fact, they might even take unreasonable action to acquire the drugs just to stave off withdrawal symptoms. At this point, it's almost impossible for a teen to stop using drugs without professional help such as a detox program.
What Are Opiates?
Opiates are drugs that are derived from opium poppy. Opiates are available as both illicit drugs such as heroin and opium, and as prescription medications such as morphine or codeine. Some common opiates include:
- Hydrocodone, such as Lortab or Vicodin
- Oxycodone, such as Percocet
Prescription opiates are used in legitimate treatment regiments for a variety of illnesses. Various opioids can be used to treat pain, cough, and diarrhea. Often, these medications are prescribed to help someone cope with pain following a traumatic accident or surgery, and they are prescribed on a PRN basis. That means the person takes the medication as needed for the pain, and many people stop taking the prescription before they run out.
At this point, it's a good idea to throw the leftover pills away, but many people keep the pills in case they need them again. That makes the medicine easily available to teens in or around the home and can increase the likelihood of drug experimentation and addiction. In fact, more than half of teens admit to obtaining prescription drugs from their parent's medicine cabinet because of easy access. As a result, teens often abuse prescription drugs more and are at a higher risk of overdose death.
In some cases, the teen might be the person for whom the prescription was provided. If your teen is on prescription opioid medication, it's important to monitor their use because it is possible to become dependent on medication that is prescribed under a doctor's care.
Signs of Opiate Abuse
So how do you know if your teen is abusing opiates or prescription drugs? As a parent, it's natural to worry, and you can feel like you are paranoid and seeing problems where general teenage angst is the only issue. Luckily, there are some signs that you can look for to determine if your teen has a serious opiate drug problem. At the same time, some teens are better at hiding their opiate abuse, so if you suspect there's a problem, don't be afraid to reach out for information or assistance. Even if you simply want help confirming whether or not a drug problem is present, making a simple, confidential call can bring you a lot of peace of mind.
Here are some things you should look for if you believe your teen might be abusing or addicted to drugs. While one of these signs alone is usually just an indication that your child is a normal teen, if you notice several of these signs together without obvious explanations, then you might be dealing with a drug abuse issue:
- Excessive mood swings, especially those that aren't normal for your teen and aren't tied to clear social or stress factors in your child's life
- Poor decision making or increases in risky behavior
- Getting into trouble with authorities, teachers, parents or others when it is out of character for the teen
- A sudden change in grades
- Out-of-character aggression with friends and family
- Sudden and unexplained problems with family members
- Lack of interest in hobbies or activities that previously held appeal
- Sudden change in habits and hang-out location
- Sudden changes in social structures and friends
If you catch your teen stealing medication from your home, selling or offering the medication to friends, or stealing money or other valuable items, these are strong signs that drugs might be in the picture.
When faced with any of these signs, it can be difficult as a parent to know what to do. Even if you know your teen is struggling with drugs, you might not know how to find the best possible opiate withdrawal treatment options for your child.
As a top-rated facility accredited by the Joint Commission, we have the tools and resources necessary to provide effective opiate abuse treatment. Our experienced medical doctors, nurses, and licensed therapists will help your teen recover from opiate abuse in a safe, controlled environment with 24-hour supervision. Call us today at (844) 319-5239 to find out more about opiate detox options for your teen.
How Can Teens Detox from Opiates?
We take pride in helping teens transform their lives for the better. Our abstinence-focused treatment programs will help your teen overcome any early signs of dependence.
Every teen is unique, and we take that into account as we develop a treatment plan to help your child seek sobriety. Our experienced staff provides support and education throughout the process, helping your teen learn about triggers and coping mechanisms so they are able to better combat any pull drugs might have on them after they detox.
Services in our facility include:
- Individual counseling
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Academic support
- Court liaison services
- Recreational therapy
- Basic living skills
- Spiritual care
Our goal is to help your teen get back to a life that is free from drugs. We also know that it's important to work with you to educate you about the treatment process, common triggers and a future working toward constant sobriety. One of the biggest advantages a teen can have when dealing with drug addiction is a loving support system.
After inpatient treatment and detox, we can help you create a strong aftercare program. We work with your teen to develop ties to the sobriety community and help them understand the long-term importance of group and individual counseling. At the same time, we're aware that your teenager has social, academic, work and extracurricular options. We know that teenagers do need to keep up with academics, so we will work with your child during rehab treatment to maintain learning.
To find out more about our effective opiate treatment programs, call Teen Treatment Center at (844) 319-5239. Our admissions counselors are on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. All consultations are confidential and free, so don’t hesitate to call now.
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