The teenage years are arguably the most stressful time in a person's life. Add to that drug and alcohol use, and you have a very scary and sometimes deadly combination.
The great majority of drug use starts between the ages of 12 and 17. Studies show, by the time a parent finds out about their teenager’s drug use, it has already been going on for an average of 18 months.
Difficulties at school, legal issues, and other behavioral concerns can be big red flags that there is drug use going on in a teen's life.
Once a problem has been identified and an intervention has taken place, big changes are required in a teenager's life to maintain the recovery process.
Peer influence and the social aspects of the teen's life are of utmost importance to them.
Many teens associate drug use with having fun.
Effective treatment for teenagers must include alternative peer interaction, as well as fun and recreational activities. Education on the potential dangers of drug use along with new, coping skills for managing emotions in a healthy manner are a must.
Teaching parents and caregivers to be loving and kind their recovering teen while providing structure is key to successful treatment of teen drug addiction.
Parents may be asking themselves, “where do I get help for my teen?”, or “where can my family get help for drug abuse?”
Asking for help is the first step