Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment for Teens
Coming to the realization that your teen is abusing prescription medications can be scary and overwhelming. You may find yourself asking, “How did this happen?” “Why are they doing this?” Despite the whirlwind of emotions and questions, one thing is certain: your teen needs help.
Troubled teenagers abuse prescription drugs for a variety of reasons, such as wanting to fit in with their peers, as a way to cope with difficult situations, or because they feel it will help them perform academically. The most common types prescription drugs abused by teenagers are:
- Adderall Abuse
- Dextromethorphan (Cough Syrup)
- Opiates (painkillers)
- Steroid Abuse
Studies have proven that the most effective treatment for prescription drug abuse requires an integrative approach. Our team of medical professionals will help your teenager work through any underlying issues that may be contributing to their substance abuse. With a focus on restoring the entire family, you and your teen will walk away equipped with tools needed to live happy, healthier lives.
Our admissions counselors are available 24/7 by phone or chat to answer any questions you may have about our teen rehab: (844) 319-5239. All consultations are free and confidential.
Teen Prescription Drug Abuse: FAQ’s
- How many teenagers are abusing prescription drugs?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), recent teen drug use statistics show that more than 20% of high school seniors have used a prescription drug for a nonmedical purpose. Another report shared that nearly 1.4 million adolescents ages 12-17 were currently abusing prescription medications.
- What are the most abused prescription drugs by teenagers?
The most common prescription drugs abused by teenagers are opioid pain relievers such as OxyContin and Vicodin, stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin, and Benzos such as Xanax and Valium. The over-the-counter medications that are most often abused are cough/cold medicines. Recent teen drug abuse statistics show that Adderall and Vicodin are the most commonly abused substance by high school seniors behind alcohol and marijuana.
- What are the signs of prescription drug abuse?
Each prescription medication has different side effects, but there are a few telltale signs that your teen may be under the influence of an rx drug, such as having suddenly lost or gained weight, an extreme change in their sleeping pattern, erratic behavior, and bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils. You may also notice other behavior changes such as a sudden need for privacy or constantly asking for money.
- What are the dangers of abusing prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes?
Teens who abuse prescription medications put themselves and others at risk for serious injury and for overdose. In addition, NIDA found that 25% of individuals who begin abusing prescription medications at age 13 or younger will develop a substance use disorder in their lifetime.
The Importance of a Medically-supervised Detox
When making the decision on a teen rehab center, it is imperative to choose one that offers a medically-supervised detox. The purpose detoxification is to safely remove the prescription drugs from your child’s system. Another goal is to ease their withdrawal symptoms.
Having your teen detox at home can put their life in danger, especially if they have become dependent on substances such as alcohol or Benzos. Our team of medical professionals evaluates each teen upon admission and throughout the detox process to ensure their comfort and safety. After removing the prescription medications from your child’s system, they will be prepared to start the next phase of treatment.
Treating Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
Our treatment program for troubled teenagers utilizes evidence-based treatment methods to help them heal mentally, physically and emotionally. Teenagers receive the highest standard of care and support from our board-certified medical doctors, psychiatrists, therapists, nurses and more. Some of the evidence-based treatments and services that may be incorporated into their treatment plan include:
- Medically-supervised detox (if necessary)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Individual and group counseling
- Family therapy
- Academic support
- Recreational therapy
- Life skills training
- Dual Diagnosis treatment
- Court liaison services
You and your teenager are not alone in this struggle. Many families have shared how Teen Treatment Center restored their hope and got their lives back on track.
Help is available today. Our admissions counselors can be reached by phone or chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays: (844) 319-5239.
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