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Teen drug abuse can tear a family apart. When your child is abusing drugs and acting out as a result, you can feel helpless. It is hard sometimes to accept the fact that your child who was so sweet just a few years ago is now addicted to drugs and dependent on their substance or substances of choice. Addiction is typically not associated with being a teenager. When we think of addicts, we picture the alcoholic who has been drinking for over 20 years, or the street addict who panhandles for money to buy drugs. When your child is showing signs of teen drug abuse, tough decisions need to be made. Often times your efforts will produce no results, and your child will continue to abuse drugs.

Addiction is a viscious cycle, and you might have noticed that certain efforts on your part have not had any effect on your teen's drug abuse. When your child/teen is dependent on using drugs, no punishment given or privilege taken away will stop their cravings for their drug of choice. They will continue to get high, and your relationship will continue to get more volatile. Home life can be stressful enough even without teen drug abuse, but when you add it into the mix life often becomes unmanageable for both you and your child. It is something no parent is prepared for, and in some cases it can tear a family apart. What is the best solution?

Addiction is a disease. Although people of any age can become addicted to drugs, the earlier drug use begins, the more likely it is to progress to more serious abuse. Like other diseases addiction can be treated and overcome. When you are ready to admit to yourself that your child is addicted to drugs, you have made the first step in correcting the problem. You will likely want to participate in a teen intervention.

Consequences of Drug Use and Abuse
School problems, such as higher absence and poor or failing grades
Social problems, such as fighting and lack of participation in youth activities
Legal problems, such as arrest for driving or physically hurting someone while drunk
Physical problems, such as hangovers or illnesses
Unwanted, unplanned, and unprotected sexual activity
Disruption of normal growth and sexual development
Physical and sexual assault
Higher risk for suicide and homicide
Drug-related car crashes and other unintentional injuries, such as burns, falls, and drowning
Memory problems
Abuse of other drugs
Changes in brain development that may have life-long effects
Death from overdose

Teens sometimes start using drugs just out of curiosity. Using drugs—and sometimes just being around people who use them—can have legal, health, social, and financial consequences. Always remind your child/teen of the consequences of for example been in a car with a driver who's high, been in a car and get pulled over and your friends have drugs or paraphernalia in the car, and the most important question: What can happen if you make the decision to use drugs? The first time it's a choice. After that, it may not be and it's hard to know the the end of the consequences of that one little choice.
   
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Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications, when necessary, with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most teens/patients. Treatment approaches that are tailored to address each teen's drug abuse patterns and co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drug abuse.

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There are many types of drug rehabilitation/drug addiction treatment programs for teens. Treatment types are determined by the adolescent's level of use and other mental health and medical issues.

Detoxification, short-term and long-term rehabilitation, intensive outpatient programs, 12-step programs and individual, family and group therapy are all forms of drug addiction treatment. Some types of treatment such as detoxification may last one week whereas other such as long-term, residential alcoholism treatment can last 30 days or longer.

Each type of drug addiction treatment program has its own advantages. Including parents in the teen's drug rehabilitation treatment is critical to success, so a good drug rehab includes parents and family in their addiction therapy programs . Detoxification might be needed if the teen is heavily dependent on their drug of use.

When choosing a teen drug rehab treatment program, it's important to ensure that the program is specifically for teens due to their developmental needs. Also, if the teen has mental health issues, the facility should be able to treat them at the same time. Some adolescent teen rehabs provide along side addiction treatment an educational program which will help your child in keeping their school credits while away from home in a treatment center.

Some specialized addiction treatment facilities for teens, offer extra-curricular activities such as sports and special outings. These types of activities will help teens complete the treatment and will positively influence teen’s social behavior like team play skills, trust in others, sense of responsibility and self confidence.

So talk to a counselor or therapist and ask questions about the staff, the facility and the addiction treatment programs offered before sending your loved one to the treatment center.

Choosing the right treatment facility is the most important step in choosing the right treatment.

Most parents recognize when their child needs help. If you have a teen struggling with substance abuse please seek help. Prevent a tragic outcome. Don't let your child become a statistic.

Teen Drug Rehab Centers can guide you in the right direction in choosing an adolescent rehabilitation center that will provide the treatment and therapies specifically related to your child’s needs. If your doctor has recommended that your teen stay in an inpatient/residential addiction treatment program, we can help you get admitted. Give us a call at 1-888-610-2046 and we will help identify the most suitable treatment program for your child.

Content compiled above is intended for informational use only and it does not endorse or recommend services available in this site.

Information throughout this site is courtesy of:
www.drugabuse.gov
www.samhsa.gov
www.nimh.nih.gov
www.nida.nih.gov
www.cdc.gov
www.teens.drugabuse.gov
www.justice.gov

Remember, as parents, the earlier you start talking to your child about drugs, the more influence you may have on their values and decisions. Several short conversations are better than one long lecture.
 
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