Rehab for Teens: Teens Struggling with Addiction.Published on September 23rd, 2016
It’s a parent’s nightmare: your child is on drugs. The scary world out there just entered your home, and you don’t know what to do. Maybe you’re not even entirely sure your child is using, but the signs are there. It’s hard to know what to do, but it’s easy to see something needs to be done. Drug addiction does not cure itself, and really it only tends to get worse when untreated. Also, addiction is a disease, and curing a disease almost always requires professional help.
Rehabilitation facilities exist that are catered to teenagers and/or young adults. If your child is addicted to drugs, the battle cannot be won at home and without help. Say your child was to have bipolar disease. Wouldn’t you bring him or her to a hospital? It’s the same with drug addiction; rehabs are the hospitals.
Teen Drug Abuse
In today’s world, 15% of eighth graders and 43% of seniors have tried marijuana. Over 10% of all the alcohol consumed in our country is consumed by minors. The average age an American first tries alcohol is twelve. Almost 8% of teenagers regularly use Adderall. Well over 4 million teenagers abuse prescription drugs, and every single day 2,500 kids abuse their first prescription pill.
Drug and alcohol abuse is everywhere, yes, but that does not mean your child is on drugs. However, if you are suspicious he or she may be, the time to take action is now. Addiction can form quickly once a drug or alcohol is abused. There are several things to look for to determine if your child is using drugs. While none of the indicators are irrefutable proof your child is using, there are specific drug abuse warning signs issued by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) that you can find here.
If while you read the NCADD list, you notice your child exhibits some of the signs, the next step is to find out for sure. Talk with your child. See what’s going on. Investigate however you have to. If you discover he or she is addicted to a drug or alcohol, it’s not the end of the world. An immense amount of help is available including rehab for teens and young adults with addictions.
The real message here is that drug addiction can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at almost any age. Don’t let these numbers scare you. Take action. Save and improve your child’s life by entering him or her into an addiction rehabilitation facility.
Why Teen Rehab is the Answer
There are two basic types of rehabilitation: outpatient and inpatient. When it comes to rehab for teens or young adults, outpatient is not highly recommended because the addiction is brand new. Outpatient rehab is less restrictive, and only requires 10-12 hours of participation a week. When not checked in, your child lives his or her life as normal. When most kids get their drugs from other kids, outpatient rehab seems dangerous. This is not to say outpatient rehab doesn’t work. However, with 90% of addictions forming prior to age 18, a more stringent rehabilitation process would likely be more beneficial.
A success rate for rehabilitation is impossible to determine. Each individual case is unique, and the process of sobriety lasts a lifetime. However, research indicates that just 60-90 days in rehabilitation makes one twice as likely to refrain from drug use. Relapse is relatively common, but this only proves the dedication required. Addicts who attempt to get clean without help are much less likely to succeed.
Inpatient Rehab for Teens
Those in inpatient rehab must remain at the facility for the entirety of the program. This is the main difference between outpatient and inpatient rehab for teens. Because the patient stays for the duration, (which can be anywhere from 28 to 180 days), there is 24-hour care available, both medical and emotional. Your child can completely focus on recovery without the distractions and temptations of everyday life.
Medically-assisted detoxification is a common practice among inpatient rehab facilities. Sudden stoppage of an addict’s substance of choice can be rather dangerous. With inpatient detox, there is always someone available to help. The detox is closely monitored.
Often inpatient rehab facilities offer extracurricular activities as well. Yoga, art, music, therapy, swimming, running, and various other healthy human activities are usually offered. It is widely believed that accompanying medical treatment with healthy activity is crucial in recovering from drugs.
For a detailed guide on how to choose the best facility for your child, call us today!. The moment you discover he or she is using drugs is the moment you should act. Rehabilitation not only helps battle addiction, it provides a disciplined, structured environment that is drug and alcohol free. ‘Rehab’ is not a bad word. Act today.
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