Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse in Teens

During a time when teens are meant to be attending school dances, enjoying summer vacation, and graduating from high school, they are often instead participating in underage drinking. Teenage drinking can have some serious short-term effects including making the young person sick, making poor choices, accidents and injuries, and engaging in risky sexual behaviors. However, what many young people don’t consider are the long-term effects of underage drinking that often have lasting consequences.

The Dangers of Underage Drinking

The consequences of teenage drinking are shocking in their magnitude and they affect not only teens, but the people around them and society as a whole. The teenage years are the time of life considered to be the most physically healthy with the lowest occurrence of disease. However, due to the rise in alcohol consumption by minors, the mortality rates now increase 200 percent between the beginning and the end of the teenage years.

Alcohol playing a part in teenagers’ lives causes severe and adverse outcomes and tragedies by increasing risk-taking behavior. According to the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, Facing Addiction in America, the following are just some of the more prominent consequences of underage alcohol use:

Annually, about 5,000 people under age 21 die from alcohol-related injuries involving underage drinking. Approximately:

  • 1,900 of the 5,000 deaths involve vehicle accidents,
  • 1,600 result from homicides, and
  • 300 result from suicides

Additionally, underage drinking:

  • Plays a significant role in risky sexual behavior, including unwanted, unintended, and unprotected sexual activity, and sex with multiple partners. Such behavior increases the risk for unplanned pregnancy and for contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
  • Increases the risk of physical and sexual assault.
  • Is associated with academic failure.
  • Is associated with illicit drug use.
  • Is associated with tobacco use.
  • Can cause a range of physical consequences, from hangovers to death from alcohol poisoning.
  • Can cause alterations in the structure and function of the developing brain, which continues to mature into the mid- to late twenties, and may have consequences reaching far beyond adolescence.
  • Creates secondhand effects that can put others at risk. Loud and unruly behavior, property destruction, unintentional injuries, violence, and even death because of underage alcohol use can afflict innocent parties. For example, about 45 percent of people who die in crashes involving a drinking driver under the age of 21 are people other than the driver.Such secondhand effects often strike at random, making underage alcohol use truly everybody’s problem.
  • In conjunction with pregnancy, underage drinking may result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, including fetal alcohol syndrome, which remains a leading cause of mental retardation.

Long-Term Effects of Underage Drinking

Understanding the long-term effects of teenage drinking is important whether you are a teen or the parent of a teen. In addition to the above listed consequences, there are some effects that have consequences that can last a lifetime.

Legal Problems

Teens usually feel like nothing bad can happen when they drink, but many bad choices are made when they do. Their poor decisions while drinking can result in getting arrested for disorderly conduct, assault, driving drunk, and other offenses. These negative legal consequences can cause problems for a long time to come. They may follow teens as they apply for college, scholarships and jobs.

Chronic Medical Conditions

Teens who begin drinking at a young age and continue into their adulthood run the risk of suffering from the accumulated effects of alcohol use on their health. Chronic illnesses such as cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, hepatitis, hypertension, anemia, and nutritional deficiencies can result. Alcohol use at a young age can also interfere with the development of bone density, causing osteoporosis.  

Developmental Issues

Because the brain continues to develop into a person’s mid-twenties, teens who consume alcohol run the risk of cognitive problems that can continue far into adulthood. It can cause memory problems and actually cause brain damage. The hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls memory, is seen to be much smaller in those people who frequently used or abused alcohol during their teen years. Other areas that are affected include the attention span, the ability to think spatially and to plan.

Injuries or Death

As seen in the statistics above drinking can result in various types of accidents and injuries from falling to drowning to vehicle accidents. While some of these accidents have serious short-term consequences, they can also impact a teen for a lifetime. When an accident takes a teen’s life, it is gone forever. But for the underage drinker who caused someone else’s life to be cut short, the guilt and other psychological effects can be a lifelong burden. Serious, permanent injury can also cause a teen to suffer for a lifetime.

Relationship Problems

Teenage drinking can seriously impact a young person’s relationships with family and friends. The negative consequences of teen drinking (legal issues, health problems, accidents, etc.) all affect the family dynamic. Some of these consequences can cause crisis in the family that causes suffering for everyone for a long time.


Becoming addicted to alcohol is one of the worst risks of underage drinking. Anyone who drinks, including teenagers, runs the risk of becoming an alcoholic. But for teens who drink, even if it is not to excess, there is the added risk of developing addiction later in life. Research has shown that people who began drinking alcohol at a young age have a higher propensity of addiction in adulthood. Addiction is a disease that often requires professional addiction treatment and a lifetime of work to overcome.

There are so many negative consequences and risks involved with underage drinking, yet it is still a huge problem in this and other countries. Everyone who has ever had too much to drink knows just how easy it is for bad things to happen while drinking. What most people, of all ages, fail to consider is the long-term effects that their actions while drinking can have. Brain damage, lifelong guilt, chronic health problems, and the hell that is addiction, are all possible outcomes of teenage drinking.

At Serenity at Summit we offer treatment programs that are designed especially for teenagers and young adults. Please contact us, so we can help your family heal.

Helping A Child Understand Addiction Through Empathy

Empathy is a unique characteristic only found in humans, one that serves as the foundation for caring for others and sustaining strong relationships. Empathy is the ability to consider another’s perspective or to methaphorically walk in another’s shoes.

By developing the skill to be compassionate toward others, family members become better equipped to deal with the many of challenges of a loved one struggling with addiction. For children, the ability to have empathy can help put the problem of addiction into perspective and potentially minimize the negative impact of addiction on their future.

Although salespeople, politicians, marketers and even actors are all skilled at identifying the perspectives of others, this doesn’t mean that they actually care about others. In fact, sociopaths, such as con men and other criminals, are experts in identifying weaknesses in others and exploiting them to their advantage. So, how can a parent foster empathy in a child, particularly when there are family members struggling with addiction?

Ways To Help Your Child Understand Addiction Through Empathy

The following items are a few guidelines that can help draw out this most human of traits.

Model Empathy

Like with many other skills, children learn empathy from example. When we demonstrate empathy, children develop greater trust and attachment. It’s these very attachments that propel children to want to emulate empathetic behavior.

It’s also important to show empathy toward others, regardless of their social status. By demonstrating that the server, gardener or family member with addiction deserves the same level of respect as a wealthy neighbor or boss, you can teach, by example, a very important lesson that we all deserve respect and empathy.

Make Caring A Priority

Caring for others shouldn’t be a secondary issue. Rather, it should be the driver of how relationships are managed. Consider reminding children daily to remember the importance of caring for others, and stress the reality that the world doesn’t revolve around them. This more outwardly focused perspective can not only help a child deal with family members who have addiction, but it may also prevent them from developing addiction in the future.

Practice Empathy

Empathy isn’t just a concept. It needs to be carried out in our daily lives. Acts of giving time, talent and treasure to others who are less fortunate can stress the importance of helping other people and can instill good habits of practicing empathy daily.

Teach Understanding

Encourage children to develop an understanding of those who are struggling, such as friends or family members with addiction. Help them to look at others’ perspectives and to develop ways to comfort those who are struggling.

Learn To Identify Feelings

Often children can have a difficult time understanding their feelings towards a difficult situation or person. They may feel frustration, sadness or anger that blocks their empathy. By encouraging children to express and manage their feelings, you help them be better positioned to resolve conflicts and develop a level of self-control that can lead to greater empathy.

If A Loved One Is Struggling With Addiction?

Sadly, addiction can tear apart a family. If you have a family member who is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, don’t wait for the situation to get worse. It will! Call us now to speak with an addiction specialist.

Effects Of Having Your Kids Try Alcohol For The First Time At Home: Part 4

Effects Of Having Your Kids Try Alcohol At HomeThis is the Final Part of a 4 Part Series. Read Part 3 Here.

Being a parent involves making an endless amount of judgment calls, from the time your child is born until they grow up and are ready to leave the nest. One of the many decisions that parents have to make has to do with alcohol. Some parents insist on total abstinence while others prefer to allow their children to experiment with alcohol at home, when they are underage.

The Pull Of Your Personal Beliefs

Much of the debate is jumbled with how adults themselves consume alcohol. Some believe any level of drinking is detrimental. Others only consume alcohol to celebrate with friends and family. Still others drink alcohol on a daily basis with meals. Unfortunately, there is a segment of parents who are alcoholics.

Because of this, there are parents who take a firm stance on alcohol consumption with their kids and simply don’t condone underage drinking in any capacity. Others believe that letting kids try alcohol at home gives them an introduction to drinking in a safe and controlled environment.

Factors To Consider Regarding Kids Trying Alcohol For The First Time At Home

While every family has its own set of circumstances and concerns when it comes to alcohol, there are certainly some considerations that all parents need to weigh before allowing their underage children to drink at home for the first time.

Kids allowed to drink at home were four times more likely to have binged on alcohol by high school.

Early Drinking Linked To Binge Drinking

In a study conducted by the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, researchers followed American students for three years and discovered that those who had been able to sip alcohol at a young age were five times more likely than their peers to have a full drink by the time they were in high school. They were also four times more likely to have binged on alcohol by this time, too. Interestingly, the study also showed that nearly 30 percent of students had sipped alcohol. In most of these cases, the alcohol was provided from their parents at a party.

Yes, In Europe They Drink At An Early Age, But Is It Even Comparable?

Some parents who do give alcohol to underage children present the “European model” of introducing kids to alcohol early so that it’s not considered to be an off-limit or taboo substance. Yet, it’s important to remember that there are substantial cultural differences between the United States and Europe. High school and college binge drinking is less common in countries like France where wine consumption is often considered a natural part of meals. Alcoholism rates throughout Europe are also comparable to those in the United States, proving that early drinking may not be the best option there either.

Reasons Why Early Alcohol Consumption Is Risky

Researchers have long known that the age at which an individual starts drinking is a good predictor of whether or not he or she will later develop an addiction. For example, a child who starts drinking between the ages of 11 and 14 has a 16 percent chance of becoming an alcoholic. The percentage drops to just 1 percent for those who start at the age of 19 or older, according to results of an Ontario Canada Health Survey.

Researchers believe that the higher percentage of early drinkers becoming future alcoholics may be partially linked to how alcohol impacts brain development. Children who are able to drink at an earlier age may also have unstable family environments or have a family history of alcoholism which puts them at an even greater risk of developing an addiction.

Remember, if you allow your kids to try a beer or glass of wine every now and then or on “special” occasions, you may be sending mixed signals which could be detrimental to their young minds and futures. Without even realizing it, you may be paving the path to a future addiction.

Learn More About Why Underage Drinking Is So Bad

Getting Help

For those children, or parents for that matter, who find themselves struggling with alcohol addiction, the best decision is getting early treatment. Alcoholism is a progressive disease that doesn’t resolve itself on its own. Are you concerned that you or your child may be drinking too much? Speak to an addiction specialist now and get answers to your questions.

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Pt. 1: Dangers Of Alcohol Overdose After Graduation

How To Keep Your Kids Safe During Graduation: Part 3

Tips To Keep Your Kids Safe During GraduationThis is Part 3 of a 4 Part Series. Read Part 2 Here.

After the pomp and circumstance of a high school or college graduation ceremony, it’s natural to want to unwind and celebrate. Graduation is often a time for sharing memories with friends and family and looking to the future. It’s a time of exuberance that’s combined with retrospection and nostalgia. While graduation is an incredibly important marker in an individual’s life, it’s all too often marked by binge drinking and sadly, sometimes injury or even death due to alcohol-related overdoses and accidents.

Even teens and young adults who otherwise are responsible about drinking can fall into the trap of over-imbibing after a graduation ceremony. Un-chaperoned, unsupervised parties are notorious for high levels of alcohol consumption on graduation night, and this is when a car crash, an overdose, or any number of devastating situations can occur. Sadly, many young adults don’t understand the concept that excessive drinking is full of risks, even on an important day like graduation. This is exactly why parents need to be the voice of knowledge and reason.

The Risks Of Drunk Driving

One of the most common dangers of excessive drinking is motor vehicle accidents. In fact, they result in more than 2,000 teen deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these accidents are linked to alcohol. The percentage of automobile fatalities that involve alcohol increases from 33 percent to 40 percent on graduation night. And, one-third of individuals under 21, who are in accidents, do so during graduation season. In other words, there are very real risks when it comes to graduation parties, drinking and getting behind the wheel.

Tips To Keep Your Kids Safe During Graduation

As you can see, it’s important to find strategies to keep your teens safe during graduation. Below are a few helpful tips.

Sober Graduation Get-togethers

Because of the higher risks of drinking during graduation parties, many schools, parents’ groups, churches and community organizations are now holding sober graduation get-togethers. While these are fantastic options for avoiding the risks of graduation parties, they are not the only choice.

Open Up To Your Teen

Frank, honest parent-teen discussions about alcohol, partying and graduation can greatly reduce the risk of accident or overdose. Parents can bring up statistics, personal anecdotes and stories from the news to help present the dangers of alcohol. It doesn’t have to be a lecture. Rather, an open conversation can be far more effective.

Offer A Safe Ride Home

If teens choose to drink despite being warned, they should be given the choice to call home and get a safe ride home with no questions asked. Parents can also work together to be designated drivers for a group of friends. The key is making sure that no teen gets behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking.

While it may seem counterintuitive to offer a ride home if a teen drinks alcohol if you don’t condone drinking, it can potentially save a life. A teen who knows they don’t have to hide drinking is far more likely to be responsible.

Should You Offer Alcohol In Your Own Home?

Some parents justify serving alcohol to teens in their home by saying that it’s better than them drinking elsewhere. However, the risks are still substantial, and it is illegal in all 50 states. Not only is there a risk of binge drinking, teens can still leave a party after drinking, get behind the wheel and cause a devastating accident. In these cases, the adult who served the alcohol is also held responsible for the accident.

Do You Think Your Child Has An Alcohol Problem?

Many parents are concerned that their children are partying too much and entering the realm of addiction. This is a valid worry because alcoholism is a progressive disease. What may seem like normal teenage behavior at first may be the beginnings of a lifelong addiction if it isn’t treated. Don’t wait and see if your child improves or outgrows drinking. It rarely happens. More likely, their habit will continue and get worse. Call now to speak with an addiction specialist to learn more about treatment for teen alcohol abuse.

Read on to the final part of this essential 4 part series below.

Pt. 4: Effects Of Having Your Kids Try Alcohol For The First Time At Home

Should Parents Provide Alcohol During Grad Parties?: Part 2

Should Parents Provide Alcohol During Grad PartiesThis is Part 2 of a 4 Part Series. Read Part 1 Here.

Completing high school is one of life’s most memorable moments and biggest achievements, which is often punctuated with celebrations with friends and family. While high school graduates are officially heading into young adulthood, this doesn’t mean the celebration with alcohol has to automatically co-occur.

It has become commonplace for parents, often in an effort to be “friends” with their children, to provide alcohol at graduation parties. What’s wrong with a celebratory glass of champagne or a cold beer to toast the monumental achievement of graduating high school, right?

Sadly, promoting underage drinking is a recipe for big problems that can lead to devastating consequences for both parents and teens. From legal problems and accidents to dangerous overdoses, the risks of giving minors alcohol at parties are very real.

One Drink Becomes Too Much

Many teens simply do not have the capabilities of knowing when to say when. In other words, they do not have the experience yet to know when they’re crossing over from enjoying a glass of alcohol to becoming dangerously intoxicated. For some, a single glass is enough to fuel poor decision-making. When there is free-flowing alcohol, the likelihood is great that a teen will continue to imbibe until they are drunk. Just consider the numbers.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 5,300,000 young people, ages 12-20 engage in binge drinking.

And, nearly 2,000 of those under the age of 21 die each year from alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes.

Under The Influence Of Alcohol

Alcohol can have a profound influence on a teen’s decision-making skills. This greatly increases the chance of accidents, fights and making poor decisions about sex. If you’re the parent who is hosting a party for underage drinkers, you may be forced to break up a situation or even call the police when your event spirals out-of-control.

The Legal Ramifications Of Serving Alcohol To Minors

The legal drinking age in the United States is 21, and every state has made it illegal to sell or supply alcohol to anyone who is underage. Providing alcohol to minors is normally a misdemeanor offense. However, it can be considered a felony depending on the specific case and the state in which it occurs. The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony offense typically depends on intent and whether anyone was seriously injured or killed as a result of supplying the alcohol. I.e., a minor who causes a motor vehicle accident following a party where they received alcohol from an adult could result in that adult being convicted of a felony.

Penalties for such cases can result in:

Jail time – Sentences for misdemeanor convictions of supplying alcohol can be as long as a year in county jail. Felony convictions may result in federal prison time of a year or longer.

Fines – Misdemeanor fines for supplying alcohol can range from $500 to more than $5,000. Felony fines can often exceed $50,000. There is also court costs and the high price of a defense attorney.

Probation – Probationary sentences are commonplace for first-time offenders. These typically last 12 months and require specific actions and regular check-ins with a probation officer.

Don’t Be That Parent

As a parent, your first and foremost responsibility is to protect your child. By serving alcohol, you may think that you’re giving your teen a celebratory treat for graduation, but rather, you’re simply putting them at risk. You’re also placing yourself in the dangerous position of being responsible for other minors who drink under your supervision. There are plenty of other ways to celebrate the end of school. Alcohol isn’t the answer.

Do You Have A Problem With Alcohol?

You’re not alone. More than 16 million individuals, ages 18 and older have an alcohol use disorder in the United States, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The good news is that help is available. Call Summit Behavioral Health now to speak with an addiction specialist. A future free from hangovers, regrets and bad decisions can be yours.

Continue reading in part 3 of the 4 part series below.

Pt. 3: How To Keep Your Kids Safe During Graduation

Dangers Of Alcohol Overdose After Graduation: Part 1

This is Part 1 of a 4 Part Series. Read Part 2 Here.

Graduation from high school or college is a joyous time of culmination and celebration for most students and their families. Nervous energy permeates campuses across the country as young men and women rush to complete their senior projects and pull all-nighters in order to ace their final exams. Emotions run high as nervous seniors count the days, worry about grades, contemplate their futures and prepare to say goodbye to teachers, coaches and friends.

Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow

And let’s not forget the parties. Graduation parties abound, where the alcohol flows as freely as the promises to stay in touch and remain best friends forever. Many friends and fellow students are departing school for the final time to go their separate ways – some never to be seen again.

Let’s face it. Graduation is an emotionally-charged celebration, filled with equal parts excitement, exhaustion, apprehension, anticipation and a tinge of sadness – just the kind of social situation that can lead to disaster when fueled by too much partying and excessive alcohol.

Happy Time, Scary Statistics

Graduation is enough to make you want to stay home or keep your graduating kids far away from any parties. Graduation is a high-risk time of year for students. Did you know that the U.S. Department of Human Health and Services reports that approximately 1,900 youths under the age of 21 die each year from alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes? Close to 700,000 young people, ages 12 to 17, have an alcohol disorder, and over 5,000,000 young people engage in binge drinking? Simply put, just like New Year’s Eve, graduation often means those who’ve worked hard all year at school may find themselves overdoing it at their graduation celebration.

What Are The Symptoms Of An Alcohol Overdose?

In the giddy emotion of graduation parties, many students forget that alcohol impairs judgment and affects memory. Often in the excitement of the moment, grads lose track of how many drinks they’ve had and go overboard. Unfortunately, each year thousands of students end up in the emergency room, suffering from dangerous alcohol overdoses, which occur when high levels of alcohol in the bloodstream suppress the nervous and respiratory systems.

Signs of this life-threatening condition include:

  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Slowed or irregular breathing
  • Mental impairment/confusion
  • Stupor
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Passing out or coma (Don’t assume someone is just “sleeping it off” as they may be slipping into a coma)
  • Hypothermia or low body temperature
  • Bluish or pale skin

All of these symptoms are indicators that immediate medical attention may be necessary. Remember, overdosing on alcohol can lead to permanent brain damage or even death. So, any person showing one or more of these symptoms may require immediate assistance. If you observe any of these symptoms in friends, family members or fellow graduates, do not hesitate. Call 911 immediately and get help before it’s too late. Better to be safe than sorry.

What Else Can You Do?

There are alternatives to alcohol-fueled graduation parties. Consider hosting an alcohol-free party. Celebrate the end of the school year with a spirit-lifting, early morning hike with friends or kick off your future by volunteering time with a worthy organization.

If you’re the parent of a graduate, talk openly about the dangers of alcohol. And, always encourage your child to call if they have been drinking so that you can get them home safely. By taking proactive steps, lives can be saved.

Is Your Child Abusing Alcohol?

It’s important to remember that alcohol is a progressive disease. What may seem like a minor issue now can lead to a lifetime of addiction problems down the road. There is also a substantially greater risk of overdose and accidents. Don’t wait another day. Call now to speak with an addiction specialist.

Continue reading in part 2 of the 4 part series below.

Pt. 2: Should Parents Provide Alcohol During Grad Parties?

Help! My Child Is Addicted To Drugs And I Am Afraid For Her Life

Throughout school, my oldest daughter “Suzy” was an A student, on the honor roll and participating in student council. She was the type of kid who wanted to get her homework completed in study hall. She turned her book reports in before they were due, and went to bed early every night. She tended to be a bit of a worrier and a perfectionist but that never seemed to be too much of a problem.

My youngest daughter was more of a tomboy. She did not do as well in school and absolutely hated homework.  It was a nightly battle to get her to complete her assignments. As a single mom with two girls, I worried more about her than I did my older daughter.

Unhappiness Spawns The Beginnings Of Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Yet, something happened halfway through high school. Suzy was unhappy with some of her teachers and said she wanted to make a change to a more “creative” environment. After a lot of soul searching and a few heated discussions, I reluctantly agreed to allow her to switch schools. She said, “If I really loved her, I would trust her to make the right choices.” Suzy went from a very structured environment with a lot of honors classes to an open campus concept (almost like a small college) which allowed the students a tremendous amount of freedom.

The beginning of her junior year went ok, but I noticed her grades were beginning to slip. Suzy started to fall behind in her classes, which was something that had never happened before. On a few occasions, she would oversleep and tell me she wasn’t feeling well and needed to stay home from school.

“Since she had always been the perfect child, I justified in my mind that she was just having a hard time adjusting to her new school.”

A Death In The Family Fuels Addiction

Midway through her junior year, Suzy’s grandfather died after a long battle with cancer. He had always enjoyed a special relationship with Suzy, and I know she counted on him after my husband and I divorced when Suzy was nine.  You never really plan for someone to die, but dad had been ill for such a long time, I thought we were more or less prepared for his passing.

“Boy was I wrong.”

At the reception after the funeral, I had the feeling that Suzy and a few of her new friends might be sneaking drinks. However, there was so much happening, I just didn’t have time to keep track of her. That is until my sister came up to me and whispered loudly, “You need to go out to the front yard RIGHT NOW!”

I walked outside and there was my Suzy, doubled over on the lawn vomiting. I thought to myself, this doesn’t happen from sneaking just one or two beers. I wanted to throttle her and hold her all at the same time. I knew she missed her grandfather terribly, but seeing my Suzy like that was a sight so shocking I couldn’t believe my eyes. She was crying, babbling and making no sense at all. Her dress was completely ruined, and the guests were coming to see what all the commotion was about. I immediately wrapped Suzy up in my coat, walked her to my car and left my father’s reception as fast as I could.

“…unfortunately, it was only the beginning…”

I wish I could tell you that the funeral scene was an aberration brought on by emotional stress, and it never happened again, but unfortunately, it was only the beginning. When she woke up the next day, she didn’t remember anything. I later learned that these are called blackouts. It turns out her new friends gave her some pills to help her deal with the anxiety of losing her grandfather. When she mixed those pills with alcohol, she was in way over her head.

The next two years proved to be a daily nightmare. Suzy’s drinking and drug use went from non-existent to an everyday occurrence in a matter of months. Her school work suffered terribly. She skipped classes and barely managed to pass her classes. I tried to get her father involved, but he had started a new family with his second wife. I wasn’t sure if he just didn’t have time to address the issue, or if he simply didn’t care.

It Was Time To Get Addiction Treatment

No longer could I manage the situation on my own. I was overwhelmed, and Suzy was sinking fast. After many lies and broken promises, I got tough and knew I needed to get her professional help. We sought an outpatient teen rehab program that provided her with a personalized treatment program. This was her start to sobriety. Today, she has the foundation for long-term recovery and is focused on her future without drugs and alcohol. I am forever grateful for the program and for getting my daughter back.

Do You Have A Teen Who Is Struggling With Addiction?

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With a professional treatment program, your child can overcome their addiction and regain their future.

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Is Teen Prescription Drug Abuse Leading To Heroin Addiction?

Teen Prescription Drug Abuse Leading To Heroin AddictionIt’s an unfortunate reality that prescription drug abuse is increasing among teenagers. Drugs like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin are among the most common medications that are being abused and leading to addiction.

Approximately 1 in 5 teens will abuse prescription drugs before they graduate from high school. And, 2,500 teens abuse prescription drugs for the first time each day. These numbers are a wakeup call to all parents of teens.

These medications not only lead to prescription drug addictions, they are also responsible for many teens becoming addicted to heroin. Many parents are unaware that teens who begin abusing prescription painkillers are at a high risk of turning to heroin.

Heroin Is No Longer An Inner-City Drug

Heroin was once thought of as a drug primarily used in rough, urban areas. That is no longer the case. In fact, heroin can now be found in nearly every community across the United States. Because heroin has a similar chemical makeup as prescription painkillers, it is a cheaper, more widely available alternative.

Interestingly, heroin was a prescription medication until the 1920s when it was discontinued because of its high potential for addiction. However, many of today’s “opioid” painkillers are made from a synthetic version of heroin. All opiate painkillers are derived by the opium poppy just like heroin, and oxycodone, the active ingredient in OxyContin is chemically nearly identical to heroin.

The Transition To Heroin

Teens often start taking prescription painkillers due to a sports injury or following a surgery. Drug dependence can happen quickly, and it can lead to addiction and a progression to heroin. This is why it’s so important to monitor any prescription painkillers, as well as their use for treating pain.

In addition to pain pills, if possible, it’s important for your teen to incorporate other forms of healing therapies including physical therapy, holistic therapies like massage and acupuncture, pain management programs, etc.

Teen Sitting Against Wall-The Transition To Heroin For Teens

Ways To Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Tips for preventing prescription drug abuse in your teen include:

  • Have an open conversation about prescription drug use with your teen and share the risks.
  • Discuss the proper use and side effects of prescription drugs with your teen’s physician or pharmacist.
  • Dispose of all unused medication at an authorized location.
  • Ensure that your teen isn’t ordering drugs through online stores.

Do You Believe Your Teen May Have A Prescription Drug Addiction?

It’s important for your teen to obtain professional treatment for prescription drug abuse. Going it alone rarely works and can lead to a worsening of the problem. By taking this proactive step, you may be able to prevent an escalation to heroin abuse. A teen drug rehab program that is geared specifically to the unique needs of teenagers is the best option.

Call us now to learn more, time is of the utmost importance.

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New Addiction Treatment Strategies For Teens

Because teens’ bodies, minds, and emotions are rapidly changing, they have special health and wellness needs under the best of circumstances. When you throw an addiction to drugs or alcohol into the mix, teens require highly specialized care that addresses their stage of development and the causes of their addiction.

Addiction treatment is particularly important and challenging for teens because their future is at stake. As well, family members are greatly affected, and education can be impacted. The best treatment programs for teens are those that are focused on specific adolescent substance abuse problems and the co-occurring issues that frequently go hand-in-hand with teen addiction.

Addiction Treatment Strategies For Teens

Learn more about new and important addiction treatment strategies and programs for teenagers.

Early Family Intervention

Even though this isn’t necessarily a “program”, it is an important strategy. The family is closely intertwined with a teenager who is struggling with addiction. Family members are often the first to notice a problem, and early intervention can often be beneficial before a substance abuse turns into a more complex problem of addiction. When possible, doing an early family intervention, that is successful, is key to the effective long-term recovery and prevention of relapse for teenagers.

Youth-Centered Treatment Approach

Unfortunately, many rehab centers either don’t accept teens for treatment, or they utilize a cookie-cutter program for all of their clients, regardless of age. For teens facing substance abuse and addiction, an adult treatment program may not address their specific needs. The teen years are full of many changes throughout the transition to adulthood. There is cognitive, physical and emotional development taking place. Thus, treatment must be geared to address these developmental issues along with overcoming addiction.

Motivation-focused Addiction Treatment

Motivation-focused therapy combines treatments including cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. CBT encourages teenagers to develop an undesirable view of their addiction, while creating a desire to adjust their own behaviors.

Without the experience and level of maturity to truly understand the long-term ramifications of addiction, teens often struggle with more adult-focused treatment. Research has shown that an approach that is more motivation-focused can offer better results with sustaining long-term recovery.

Successfully Utilizing Family Therapy

Family Therapy-Teen Addiction Treatment

Family involvement is essential in helping a teen overcome addiction. Programs that specialize in alcohol and drug treatment for teens will often include family therapy, family group meetings, as well as individualized programs to meet the specific needs of both the teen and their family.

Along with family-based services, a quality teen-focused addiction treatment program will also include a thorough evaluation, education, individual psychotherapy, teen group meetings and urine screening.

Is Your Teen Abusing Drugs Or Alcohol?

It can be devastating to witness your child struggle with substance abuse and addiction. You may be searching for answers and unclear of where to turn for help. The first step is speaking with an addiction specialist. At Serenity at Summit, we are available 24/7 to answer your questions and to help your child in their journey to recovery with our clinical and holistic, individualized teen rehab program.

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New Drug Trends For The New Year

New Drug Trends For The New YearEach decade as well as each new year brings with it new drugs and new dangers. Unfortunately, the drugs of today are more dangerous than ever because of the advancement and availability of technology and chemicals. This is compounded by the fact that the Internet has made many drugs accessible in a way that has never been seen before.

Drug Trends For The New Year

Increasing Dangers From Flakka

Currently, one of the most dangerous new street drugs to be aware of, called Flakka, has emerged and wreaked havoc in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where up to 20 users per day are rushed to the overworked hospital emergency rooms. This treacherous, highly addictive substance nicknamed the “devil’s drug” can be purchased inexpensively in the U.S. online or through the mail.

Use of Flakka, a synthetic cathinone, has reached epidemic proportions in Florida because of its wide availability and inexpensive cost. Similar to bath salts, the drug is sold in the form of a white, granular crystal that can be snorted, ingested or vaporized in an e-cigarette. Once taken, users experience an excited delirium that can produce superhuman strength, psychotic behavior and extreme paranoia.

Addiction specialists are particularly concerned about this dangerous drug because of the extreme reactions that users have and because of its high rate of addiction.

Weed Candy Availability

With marijuana dispensaries in many states, the availability of candy and even marshmallows produced from marijuana is becoming an increasing problem on school campuses. Although manufacturers will state otherwise, it’s apparent that these products are geared toward children because of their packaging, flavors and consistency. This drug is also proving to be difficult to detect because it has the appearance of candy and can be concealed in a backpack or pocket.

One of the other problems with weed candy is the fact that it often contains higher concentrations of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. This makes it difficult to regulate dosages and it can lead to overwhelming experiences – especially for children and teenagers.

Help For Teen Drug Abuse

With the ongoing evolution of drugs, it’s important for parents to be aware of the current trends and the signs and symptoms of drug abuse. Are you concerned that your child could be abusing drugs or alcohol? Don’t wait another day. With each passing day, an addiction can get worse and more difficult to treat.

Addiction Treatment Program For Teens

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The Role Childhood Abuse Plays In Future Substance Abuse

Did you know that if you suffered abuse as a child, your likelihood of becoming a substance abuser as a teenager or adult increases substantially? Studies have shown that childhood abuse primes the brain for problems later in life such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and addiction.

As unfair as it sounds, the trauma of childhood abuse can continue to haunt individuals in their teens, twenties and beyond. It’s an unfortunate reality that the old adage that time heals all wounds doesn’t necessarily apply to victims who have experienced abuse as a child.

Using Drugs Or Alcohol As A Coping Mechanism

The pain and suffering associated with physical, mental or sexual abuse, or some combination thereof, is so great and so central to an individual’s core self that the trauma and the resulting damage to the brain cannot be underestimated. Victims of childhood abuse often find themselves self-medicating with drugs or alcohol to alleviate the psychological pain they live with each and every day. Oftentimes, the victim doesn’t even understand or recognize the full extent of the damage they have suffered.

Childhood Abuse’s Impact On The Brain

Researchers are still in the early stages of understanding the full impact of childhood abuse on the brain. What is known is that abuse interferes with normal brain function and development. To cope with distressing experiences, the brain has the ability to alter signaling from pathways which can leave regions of the brain underdeveloped. The result of abuse can be varied but it commonly leaves victims prone to mood swings and depression and with either extreme or dulled emotional responsiveness. Some experts believe that these characteristics are a self-protective response that unfortunately can interfere with developing healthy behaviors and habits.

There Is Hope

While it may seem like substance abuse is an inevitability for an individual who has suffered abuse as a child, the reality is the vast majority of abuse survivors don’t develop addictions. And, those who do can overcome them. With the right type of support, emotional nourishment, and, in some cases, addiction treatment, there is very real hope for a positive, emotionally-healthy future.

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Why Speaking To Your Children Is The Best Way To Help Them Beat The Odds Of Addiction

Speaking To Your Children-Best Way Beat Odds Of AddictionIf you’re like most parents, you make every effort possible to protect your children from everyday dangers. Yet, you might not be doing enough to prevent them from one of the most common risks that plague teens – drug and alcohol abuse.

While it comes as second nature to tell a child to wear a helmet when they ride their bike or to always buckle their seatbelt in the car, it’s often not so simple to have a discussion about drugs or alcohol. Yet, the conversation needs to start early enough so that they’re not getting information from their less-informed peers and needs to continue throughout their adolescence. It’s simply a fact that teens who don’t receive information about the dangers of drugs and alcohol are more likely to experiment with them at a younger age.

How To Talk To Your Child At Different Ages To Combat The Chances Of Addiction

Starting Early

Conversations about drugs and alcohol can start at an early age if the discussion is age-appropriate. These can begin with discussing medicine and when it should and shouldn’t be taken. It’s also beneficial to point out examples in the media such as someone smoking or drinking.

The Tween Years

As children gain increasing independence toward the end of elementary school and the start of middle school, they are already hearing stories from their friends about drugs or alcohol. This is primetime for welcoming open discussion, and it’s important to be there to listen whenever they want to talk. From these chats, you’ll gain insight into their thoughts and feelings, as well as the opportunity to provide more information about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

High School And Beyond

Drugs and alcohol can be found at nearly every high school across the United States. However, teens and young adults are notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to discussing sensitive topics. Still, it’s important to stress that you’re always available when they want to talk. Preventing teenage drug use when kids are young requires ongoing communication and an atmosphere of trust. The dialog needs to start at a young age and carry on throughout childhood.

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Am I Enabling My Son’s Addiction?

Addiction is often referred to as a family problem. Every member of the family is affected, and often parents are guilty of enabling a son’s addiction. However, most have no idea that they are doing it.

What Is Enablement?

Enabling a son who is addicted to drugs or alcohol means helping to make it possible for them to use their substance of choice. This is typically done unwittingly and often while there is intent to provide help. Unfortunately, these behaviors lead to a worsening of the problem.

How Do I Know If I’m Enabling My Son?

You may be asking, “How do I know if I’m an enabler?” Some forms of this very common family dysfunction include:

  • Giving or lending money that will be spent on drugs or alcohol
  • Making excuses
  • Having drugs or alcohol in the house
  • Doing the addict’s “dirty work” such as calling their school or workplace to say they’re sick
  • Repeated attempts to “fix” the problem
  • Giving too many chances to stop damaging behaviors
  • Being in denial and pretending there isn’t a problem

Why Parents Enable

From the outside, it can be very difficult to understand why a parent would enable a son who is struggling with addiction. Yet, there are some specific reasons why. In many cases, the parent feels that the situation is out of control and uses certain enabling tactics in an attempt to gain control.

It’s also natural for parents to want to take care of their children. Under normal circumstances, offering money or help can be a kind and positive gesture. For an addict, this same behavior can cause an addiction to become worse. As well, parents ultimately want their children to like them. When conflict ensues with a son who is using drugs or alcohol, it can seem easier to accommodate their addiction than to take a proactive stance against it.

Stopping The Cycle Of Enabling An Addict

Yes, there are ways to love an addict without enabling them. Boundaries are essential for dealing with a son who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. This means making it clear what behaviors are acceptable and what will not be tolerated. When boundaries are crossed, there must be follow-through and clear consequences. In other words, practice tough love! Being vigilant about sticking to boundaries is the best way to protect yourself during this challenging time. It also sends a clear message to your son that things will only change when they choose to get help.

Getting Help For Your Teen

It’s never wise to take a wait and see approach to drug or alcohol addiction. Over time, addictions only become more serious and harder to treat. If your son or daughter is showing signs of addiction, get help now. Our caring and supportive addiction specialists are waiting to hear from you.

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5 New Street Drugs To Be Aware Of

5 New Street Drugs To Be Aware Of-SummitBHDrug trends are propelled by what is being pushed on the streets. Illegal drug makers are always working on creating new substances that are inexpensive to manufacture and easy to sell. The following are some of the newest street drugs that are wreaking havoc on teens and adults who are looking for a new high.

Five New Street Drugs To Be Aware Of:


1. Smiles

Also called 2C-I, Smiles is a drug that is primarily used by teens. The drug’s popularity has been largely fueled by teens who create online videos of themselves using it. Similar to bath salts, the drug has unpredictable effects, including severe hallucinations.

2. Wet

This dangerous drug cocktail of PCP and marijuana is being found more often on the street. Often causing violent behavior in users, wet has recently been a contributor in several murders across the United States.

3. Weed Candy

An emerging trend in marijuana use in schools is “weed candy” that is manufactured from grinding marijuana and mixing it with glucose-based liquids that harden into a rock-like candy. Because it can be easily hidden in a pocket and doesn’t require a user to light up, it’s difficult to detect and can easily get into schools.

4. Etizolam

Sold primarily by illegal pharmacies online, etizolam or “etizzy” is a benzodiazepine-like drug that causes users to relax and zone out. The drug also delivers some very unpleasant side effects including eyelid twitching and skin lesions. Because of its risks, the teen drug trend of etizolam is causing particular concern for parents, schools and local drug enforcement.

5. Acetyl Fentanyl

Emergency room doctors are seeing an increasing number of patients who appear to have suffered a heroin overdose, but who have actually taken a designer drug called acetyl fentanyl. Five times more potent than heroin as a painkiller, the drug is particularly dangerous because of the high rate of overdoses caused by it.

Getting Help For Drug Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to one of the new street drugs or any other substance, help is available. Summit Behavioral Health’s outpatient drug addiction treatment program offers personalized treatment that provides individuals with the best chance of recovery and long-term sobriety.

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Most Commonly Abused Drugs By Teens

Despite a recent decline in drug and alcohol use, substance abuse remains one of the most common problems teens face in the United States. Nearly 20 percent of high school seniors reported binge drinking, and more than 27 percent used illicit drugs in 2014, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Why is drug and alcohol use so common during adolescence? Much of the problem can be chalked up to teens being influenced by their peers along with them not seeing a clear link between their actions today and consequences tomorrow. Unfortunately, the consequences of early alcohol abuse and early drug use are substantial. Many teens who experiment with these substances develop a dependency that can be very difficult to treat.

Most Abused Drugs By Teens



Because of its wide availability, alcohol is considered to be the most widely abused substance by teens. The most common age for beginning to drink alcohol is only 15.


Another frequently used substance is marijuana. In a statistic quoted in the Huffington Post, it was reported that 6.5 percent of teens in the United States smoke marijuana on a daily basis. With the legalization of the drug in some areas and its availability as a treatment for some conditions, it has become more accessible. Because of this, its usage by teens has nearly tripled in the last 20 years.

Prescription Drugs

A growing problem in recent years that is plaguing both teens, as well as many adults, is prescription drug abuse. Highly addictive medications like Vicodin, OxyContin, and Adderall, are often first obtained from parents’ medicine cabinets. Nearly one-third of teens who experiment with prescription drugs will end up purchasing them on the street.

Illicit Drugs

Of course, dangerous street drugs, such as crack cocaine, methamphetamines, and ecstasy, remain very real problems. Street dealers commonly target high schools, and many teens who start abusing substances like alcohol or marijuana eventually begin experimenting with other drugs that can lead to life-threatening abuse and addiction.

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Are Medications Causing Teens To Become Addicted?

Teens have long been vulnerable to the dangers of drugs. According to a study published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), as many as 30 percent of teens experiment with drugs, and a growing number are becoming addicted. While alcohol and marijuana are the most commonly abused substances, prescription drug abuse is becoming more common.

What Is Causing An Increase In Teens Using Prescription Medications?

Medications Causing Teens To Become Addicted-SummitBehavioralHealthIt’s a multi-faceted problem. First, many more children and teens are being prescribed medications for conditions like ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Taking medications to control moods and behaviors has simply become a normal part of life for many youths. It isn’t always a big jump from medication use to medication abuse, particularly for those who have a less than watchful doctor.

Second, teenagers’ attitudes about prescription medications have changed considerably in recent years. Many believe that drugs like Ritalin or Adderall, prescribed for ADHD, are safe and can be effectively used as study aids. This unfortunately has led to many high school and college students becoming addicted.

There is also simply more prescription medications available on the street. Commonly abused drugs including opioid painkillers like Vicodin, sedatives, depressants like Xanax, and stimulants such as Adderall and Concerta are all easy to find. According to the NIDA, eight percent of teenagers have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. Some will acquire the medications from their doctors, but many others are buying them on the street or from other teens.

Watching For Signs Of Prescription Medication Abuse In Teens

Many teenagers can function relatively normally while using alcohol or marijuana. However, there is usually marked changes in those who are abusing prescription medications.

Unusual behaviors can include:

  • mania
  • extreme irritability
  • unusual fatigue

Other hints that prescription drug use may be a problem can include:

  • changes in school performance
  • new “friends”
  • lying
  • stealing
  • a sudden lack of interest in extracurricular activities

What Parents Can Do

There are some preventive steps that can be taken to help minimize the chance of drug abuse from occurring in the first place. These include:

  • Locking up medications
  • Getting involved in anti-drug community programs
  • Talking openly and honestly about the dangers of drug abuse
  • Setting an example by being personally responsible about drug and alcohol use

Substance Abuse Program For Teenagers

If abuse has been discovered, parents are wise to find a professional substance abuse program for teenagers like Summit Behavioral Health, that specializes in prescription drug addiction. Breaking the cycle of drug addiction is not easy, but it can be achieved with the right treatment. To get help or to learn more about prescription drug abuse treatment for teens, call Summit Behavioral Health now.

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Vap-Contests – Talking To Your Teen About The Dangers Of Vapor Cigarettes

For a growing number of thrill-seeking teens, the latest craze is competitive vaping. Commonly referred to as “cloud chasing,” this potentially risky activity involves contestants inhaling e-cigarettes to try and create the largest vapor cloud possible.

In the last several years, these competitions have grown in popularity and have even developed into a pseudo-sport with fans, team sponsors and even cash prizes. While these competitions will only attract a relatively small number of teens, the reality is that sales of e-cigarettes are on the rise. The $1.5 billion market is expected to grow by 24.2% per year over the next three years according to projections from market research firm Research and Markets. The tremendous growth in the e-cigarette market certainly contrasts the significant drop in sales of traditional cigarettes which have fallen nearly 30 percent since 2004.

The Risks Of Vapor Cigarettes

With more and more teens experimenting with this latest in teen drug trends, it’s important to understand that there are real risks when it comes to using e-cigarettes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in 2013 that a laboratory analysis of electronic cigarette samples showed that they contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals, including diethylene glycol, an additive found in antifreeze.

Frequently marketed to teens and available in shopping malls and online, e-cigs distribute highly-addictive levels of nicotine into a vapor which is easily inhaled. Many public health experts believe that these products are increasing nicotine addiction in young people.

With the current popularity of “vaping,” the question “are cigarettes a gateway drug” is once again being debated. The reality is that cigarettes are addictive. Nicotine addiction is one of the hardest addictions to kick, and many people who try to stop relapse again and again. Many addiction experts also believe that cigarette usage can lead to the use of other substances such as alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine.

For teens who use traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes, it’s important for them to be aware of the health risks of using and the complications of withdrawal.

Help For Teens Who Suffer From Addiction

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How Quickly Do The Brains Of Teens Recover From Binge Drinking?

It’s an unfortunate reality that many teenagers participate in binge drinking. And, with no pun intended, the statistics are sobering. More than 20 percent of all American teenagers binge on alcohol each month, and over 90 percent of all of alcohol consumption by both male and female adolescents is in a binge drinking context.

However, there is some interesting new research about how binge drinking impacts teenagers who are not yet addicted to alcohol.

In a study published in the July 2015 journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers found that teenagers do not have the same brain changes that adults have when they partake in binge drinking. Unlike adults who undergo brain changes that make them more sensitive to environmental cues that increase their likelihood of future alcohol consumption, teenagers’ cue sensitivities diminish quickly once they abstain from alcohol for at least a month.

What Are Alcohol Cues?

Alcohol is consumed in a social or environmental context. This association can lead to the development of cues that increase an individual’s chances that alcohol consumption will occur in the presence of certain individuals or within a particular location. Both researchers and addiction specialists have strong evidence showing that alcohol cues are closely linked to alcohol cravings and the development of alcoholism.

What Do These Findings Mean?

The research, conducted by the University of California, San Diego, along with the Veterans Administration and the Medical University of South Carolina, indicates that teenagers have the ability to recover from binge drinking quickly and can greatly reduce their chances of acquiring alcoholism by not partaking in this risky behavior. The findings may also showcase the need for early intervention to prevent the development of alcohol cues that potentially lead to addiction.

In other words, early behavior modification or treatment for binge drinking may enable a teen’s brain to reduce the sensitivity to alcohol cues and their chance of future suffering from alcoholism.

Getting Help For Your Teenager With A Teen Alcohol Rehab Program

Because teenagers are rapidly growing and changing, they need specialized substance abuse treatment. Summit offers a personalized teen alcohol rehab program that specifically addresses these unique physical, mental, emotional, and chemical changes while providing them with healthier coping skills to thrive now and as they enter adulthood.

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Why Underage Drinking Is So Bad

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals between the ages of 12 and 20 drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United States. And, more than nine percent of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinking. In a 2013 study of underage drinking, more than one-third of teens admitted to drinking some amount of alcohol, and 22 percent have been a passenger in a car driven by someone who has been drinking alcohol.

These statistics are alarming and help to explain why underage drinking is such a problem. However, there’s more to the story. While underage alcohol consumption delivers many immediate risks, it also can lead to substantial problems in the future. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, more than half of the estimated 20 million alcoholics in the United States began their drinking in their teens.

Long-Lasting Consequences Of Early Alcohol Abuse

Early alcohol abuse can also cause a host of other long-lasting consequences including:

  • School problems with higher absences and poor grades
  • Social problems
  • Legal problems
  • Unwanted or unplanned sexual activity
  • Higher risk of suicide and homicide
  • Alcohol-related car crashes and other unintentional injuries
  • Experimentation and abuse of other substances
  • Changes in brain development that can have life-long effects
  • Death from alcohol poisoning

Getting Alcohol Abuse Help For Your Teen

If you have a teen who is abusing alcohol, you may be unsure how to best address the problem. However, with the risks of underage drinking so great, it’s important not to take a “wait and see” approach to getting help.

Alcohol abuse can quickly turn into alcohol addiction in teens. During this crucial time of physical, mental, and emotional development, taking a proactive stance on your teen’s alcohol problem may go a long way towards preventing a lifetime of addiction.

Teen Alcohol Rehab Program

At Summit Behavioral Health, we provide a teen alcohol rehab program that is adapted specifically to the unique needs of adolescents. This includes extensive support in helping them get back on track so that they can lead productive, fulfilling lives free from future addiction.

We encourage you to call us to find out more about our:

  • Education and Extended Evaluation
  • Adolescent Early Intervention and Prevention
  • Intensive Outpatient Program

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Etizolam: A Teen Drug Abuse Trend

While not authorized for medical use in the United States, etizolam is an increasingly-used benzodiazepine-like drug that was originally developed to treat insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks. The drug’s effects include hypnotic, sedative, and anticonvulsant attributes. It is widely available for sale on the Internet from online drug sellers, primarily located in India and Japan.

An increasing number of teens are experimenting with etizolam because of its accessibility and affordability. While it is dangerous when taken on its own, the drug is particularly risky when it is used with other depressants, including alcohol.

Like with other benzodiazepine-like drugs, etizolam is highly addictive and withdrawal symptoms can be particularly difficult. If you or a loved one is using etizolam, it’s important to know the dangers of the drug and that withdrawal becomes more difficult over time.

Help For Teens Using Etizolam

Etizolam addiction is serious and requires professional help. The first step is interrupting the cycle of substance abuse. This starts with safe and professional detoxification and then requires an appropriate treatment program to overcome urges to use and to prevent future relapse.

Because the teen years are a time of physical, mental, and emotional transition, substance abuse treatment must address their specific needs. Understanding these needs is critical to an effective treatment program. Whether your loved one is involved in the earliest stage of experimenting with the drug or has already headed down a path of serious addiction, we provide individualized treatment for all levels of substance abuse.

Many teens who use substances like etizolam are suffering from co-occurring disorders such as anxiety or depression. This is why we also offer dual diagnosis treatment to address both the addiction and any underlying mental illness.

Get Help For Your Teen

Drug addiction is not something to overlook. The problem will not go away on its own, and, over time, it will only become more serious. Now is the time to help your teen!

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