Substance Abuse Prevention for Teenagers

Teenagers are more likely to try experimenting with substances than adults are, and the consequences of doing so can be long-lasting. In fact, studies show that people who begin using substances at a young age are much more likely to become addicted later in life. Preventing teens from using drugs or alcohol is essential because it is such a vulnerable time in their lives. Because brain development continues until a person’s mid-twenties, teens don’t yet have the capacity to weigh decisions the way adults do. So, using drugs or alcohol can be especially dangerous for teenagers.

Consequences of Teenage Substance Abuse

Teenage substance abuse isn’t something that should be downplayed. Parents are sometimes quick to assume that their teens using drugs or alcohol is a phase that they will outgrow, or they attempt to help their teen by covering up for them or hiding the fact that they are using. While some teens may be going through a phase that they will outgrow later, the consequences of teenage drug and alcohol use are still too risky to ignore. They include:

  • Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression
  • Broken relationships with family members and friends
  • Medical problems
  • Disciplinary issues at school
  • Poor academic performance
  • Legal issues
  • Injuries due to accidents, physical and sexual assault

Teenagers Who May Be at Risk of Substance Abuse

While substance abuse and addiction can affect anyone, from any walk of life, there are some adolescents who may be at a higher risk of developing problems with drugs or alcohol. Some of the common risk factors are:

Teens in transitional periods of life. This may seem like the total of teenage years, as there is much changing that goes on for adolescents. But for teens who are moving from middle school to high school or changing schools for other reasons, or who are going through a life-changing event such as moving to a new city, parents divorcing or remarrying, or a loss of a friend or family member to death, it can be a particularly vulnerable time. This is a time that parents should pay close attention to their teens.

Teens who have mental health issues. Depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other mental conditions all put teens at a higher risk of becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol. Parents must ensure that their teens are being properly treated for any mental health issues.

Teens who don’t have positive role models. Teens who live in broken or abusive homes are some of the most likely people to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. It’s essential that parents or other adult family members step in and help these teens to navigate the difficult situations they are in.

Substance Abuse Prevention Methods for Teens  

Communities, government agencies, schools, and parents are always looking for new ways to prevent teenage drug use and drinking. While it is still a huge problem nationwide, the rates of substance abuse and addiction have decreased over the last several years. This can only be seen as the result of the preventative measures that are currently being used. It may not be eliminating the problem of teenage substance abuse, but it is reducing it. The two biggest factors in substance abuse prevention for teens are education and parental involvement.

Education as Substance Abuse Prevention

As stated earlier, the human brain is not finished developing until a person is about 25 years old. That means that the teenage brain is still in a stage of development and that can lead to unpredictable behavior and poor decision-making. Providing teens with education about drug and alcohol addiction and the risks associated with drug use and underage drinking can help them to make better decisions about their physical and emotional health and their future.

Family Involvement as Substance Abuse Prevention

Perhaps the biggest impact on teenage drug and alcohol use is parental influence and involvement. Teenagers who have grown up with parents or adult role models who have talked with them about the risks of drug use and underage drinking are far less susceptible to drug abuse and addiction. Some of the methods parents can use to instill strong anti-drug use values in their children include:

Setting the right example. Parents are the biggest influencers on children. By showing them responsible drinking and abstinence from drugs, they are able to lead their kids by example. That means not driving after drinking, abstaining from drugs, and showing an overall responsibility when it comes to alcohol.

Debunking Misconceptions. It’s essential that parents debunk misconceptions like “everybody drinks” or “one time won’t hurt” with their teens.

Opening the lines of communication. Parents must work diligently to make sure that the lines of communication with their teens stay open. That means that being judgmental and condescending must be avoided. It also means that parents should be honest about their own experiences with drugs and alcohol and not try to avoid any discussions about substance abuse.

Dispelling the media that glamorizes and romanticizes drug and alcohol use. Movies and television often make it seem exciting and glamorous to drink alcohol or use drugs. While parents may be able to minimize their kids’ exposure to things like that, it’s impossible to avoid them completely. That means that it’s important for parents to engage their teens in conversation about what they see on-screen and let them know the truth – that drugs and alcohol are not as harmless as they make it seem.

Getting Help for Your Teenager

If you have a child in their teens who you think might be abusing drugs or alcohol, it’s important that you deal with it sooner rather than later. Serenity at Summit offers treatment programs for teens and young adults that are designed especially for those age groups. We can help your family find hope and healing.

Drug Use In America: The Shocking Truth

Here are some of the key takeaways from this comprehensive report

The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health is the most recent big-picture study about drug use in America and provides a revealing look at popular drugs of choice and demographics related to drug users. It also analyzes alcohol use in the U.S. Here are some of the key takeaways from this comprehensive report.

Illicit Drug Use Is Rampant Across All Major Age Groups

More than 27 million people age 12 or older in the U.S. are users of illicit drugs. But what’s even more staggering is that 10 percent of the U.S. population that is 12 years or older admitted to using illicit drugs in the month prior to the survey. (1)

Worse yet, more than two million adolescents age 12 to 17 use illicit drugs in the U.S., and nearly 23 percent of young adults in the 18 to 25 age group were drug users. An additional 17 million adults 26 or older used illicit drugs within the past year.

What this tells us is that illegal drug use is growing in all segments of the U.S. population, a terrifying prospect if even a quarter of these people turn out to be addicts who require a comprehensive drug treatment program in the future.

Marijuana Remains a Preferred Drug of Choice

Not surprisingly, marijuana remains a popular drug of choice, with an estimated 22 million people in the country using the drug on a regular basis. In fact, marijuana use has trended upward from 2002 to 2013, with a brief downturn in 2014 that was followed by another spike in 2015.

Undoubtedly, part of the reason marijuana use is steadily increasing is that many states have decriminalized or legalized marijuana use for recreational purposes or for medicinal reasons.

The negative perception of marijuana as an illicit drug has markedly decreased over the past decade.

Many people who smoke marijuana don’t even refer to it as a drug because marijuana is not considered to be a narcotic that is as dangerous or addictive as cocaine, heroin or prescription painkillers such as opioids.

As a result, marijuana use has become much more socially acceptable among most age groups, an activity that is considered as normal as smoking a cigarette.

Prescription Pain Reliever Misuse Is On the Rise

The existing opioid crises in states such as Ohio have publicized the abuse of prescription pain relievers. And the 2015 survey confirmed this trend, with nearly four million people 12 or older abusing prescription pain pills.

Part of what is driving opioid abuse in many states is the fact that pharmaceutical companies have downplayed or mislead users about the highly-addictive nature of these drugs. In some instances, drug companies have incentivized their representatives to wine and dine physicians in an effort to persuade them to prescribe painkillers to their patients to drive up profits. (2)

But as millions of people have become addicted to these pain killers, drug companies have continued to insist that the drugs are safe if used in moderation.

Binge-Drinking Is a Huge Problem

The survey also found that binge-drinking has become a huge problem for a large segment of the population.

For example, nearly 67 million people age 12 or older in the U.S. admitted to binge-drinking (5 or more drinks at one time for males, 4 or more drinks at one time for females) in the previous month, and 17 million admitted to heavy alcohol use during that same time period.

Binge-drinking often occurs at house parties, raves, and clubs were drinking heavily is part of the social contract participants make when they agree to attend. In addition, a party-all-the-time culture has taken over many college campuses in the U.S., leading to incidents of high alcohol use, violence, and sexual assaults.

But of even greater concern is that a staggering 138 million people in the U.S. age 12 or older admitted to current alcohol use in the month prior to the survey.

Underage alcohol use is a persistent problem despite the fact that every state restricts alcohol consumption to people who are 21 or older.

Drugs – An Undeniable, Easily Accessible Threat

The Need For Long-Term Solutions

Drug use in America is trending upward, and illicit use is starting at a much younger age than in the past.

Some of the respondents in the 2015 survey may never turn into addicts, but many will, and they will need access to drug detox facilities that can also provide in-house and outpatient counseling to ensure long-term recovery.

About Summit Behavioral Health (NJ, MA, PA)

Summit Behavioral Health offers both inpatient and outpatient programs to help people overcome drug addiction and co-occurring disorders. Our programs are medically supervised and designed to fit your specific needs and goals. Call our behavioral health professionals today at 844-432-0416 to speak to a substance abuse expert about your treatment options.

SOURCES

  1. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015.pdf
  2. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/31/ohio-ag-sues-pharma-companies-over-their-role-in-the-opioid-epidemic.html

Will Smoking Disappear by 2050?

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health

Anyone who has ever tried to give up smoking knows it can be an especially difficult challenge. Because research shows that smoking and drinking alcohol often go hand in hand, it’s important for people who wish to stop drinking to also make an effort to give up cigarettes. Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health.

Data from the CDC shows that the number of people who smoke cigarettes has declined dramatically in recent years. In fact, if rates continue to drop, researchers think smoking could completely disappear by 2050.

How Many Americans Smoke?

In 2005, about 21 percent of the U.S. population smoked cigarettes. In 2014, that number had dropped to 16.8 percent. The dean of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says less than 15 percent of the American population smokes. Furthermore, this trend spans all age groups, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. No matter who you are or what community you live in, you’re less likely to smoke than your parents or grandparents.

These shrinking numbers are actually quite astonishing when you consider that even just a generation or two ago, a majority of people in the country smoked. In the UK in the 1950s, for example, 80 percent of the population smoked. Tobacco companies marketed their products as macho, rugged, and even healthful. Obviously, we know today that cigarettes cause lung cancer, but past generations didn’t have that information.

Tips for Kicking Your Nicotine Habit

Are you addicted to nicotine? Like any other addiction, nicotine can be conquered. And like other types of addiction, what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. Fortunately, Once you’ve kicked your smoking habit, you may even find that addressing your addiction to alcohol or drugs is easier. Here are some top tips for stopping smoking.

Get motivated – Find a good reason to quit, whether it’s saving money, getting healthier, or having better-looking skin.

Accept that you have an addiction – Quitting cold turkey works for some, but many people find that just stopping sets them up for relapse. Chances are you’ll need to address your nicotine addiction in stages.

Get a support person – Tell people close to you that you want to stop smoking. The support of your loved ones can make a big difference.

Don’t be afraid to fail – Relapse happens, and it’s okay. If you have a “cheat day” or pick up cigarettes again, this doesn’t mean you’re doomed to fail. It’s okay to try quitting again when you’re ready.

Contact Serenity at Summit

Serenity at Summit provides people with the resources they need to address their addictions. Whether you’re struggling with alcohol abuse disorder or an addiction to prescription drugs or street drugs, our behavioral health professionals can help you. Call us today at 844-432-0416 to speak to a substance abuse expert about treatment options for you or someone you love.

Sources:

  1. http://www.thedailybeast.com/no-one-will-smoke-cigarettes-by-2050
  2. https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa71/aa71.htm
  3. http://podcasts.hopkinsmedicine.org/2017/01/06/january-10-2017-smoking-rates/
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/apr/01/tobacco-industry-marketing
  5. http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/ss/slideshow-13-best-quit-smoking-tips-ever

 

Teen Drug Use – Marijuana, Alcohol, Prescription Drug Facts!

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, recently published the results of its 2016 survey on teen drug use.

The survey is important, as it gives researchers and behavioral health experts insights into drug use trends among teens and young people. Here are some noteworthy stats from the survey, which includes data from 45,473 students in both public and private schools across the U.S.

  • Marijuana use — 68.9% of high school students said they don’t view marijuana use as harmful, however, 68.5% said they disapprove of regular marijuana smoking.

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  • Alcohol use among high school students declined in 2016, however, a third of high school seniors report drinking alcohol.

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  • Prescription and over-the-counter drug use — One positive stat to come out of the survey concerns drug use among teens. Misuse of prescription drugs among high school seniors has dropped steadily over the past five years, and drug use is at its lowest across all grades. Among students in grade 12, misuse of Vicodin has decreased from 7.5% in 2012 to 2.9% in 2016.

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Illicit drug use other than marijuana among students in grades 8, 10, and 12 has reached historic lows. Among eighth graders, illegal drug use has dropped to 5.4%. For students in grade 10, illicit drug use fell to 9.8%, and for twelfth grade students the illegal drug rate decreased to 14.3%. Alcohol use and binge drinking also declined across all grades surveyed.

On the other hand, the survey found that students’ perceived risk of harm also declined, which means that teens don’t view drugs and alcohol as being as dangerous as they used to.

Contact Serenity at Summit Today

Although the most recent numbers behind teen alcohol and drug use are encouraging, there are still students using these substances. The proliferation of social media has made it easier than ever before for young people to be negatively influenced. If you suspect your child has been using drugs or alcohol, it’s important to get help as soon as possible. Early intervention is key to helping a young person recover from a substance abuse disorder.

Serenity at Summit teen addiction offers residential and outpatient programs, as well as medical detox, to help teens and young adults overcome prescription and illegal drug and alcohol addiction. Give us a call today at 844-432-0416 to speak to a substance abuse professional about a treatment plan designed to help your son or daughter achieve long-term sobriety.

The Risk of Binge Drinking for College Kids

Serenity at Summit, an NJ alcohol rehab center, explains and breaks down the risks of binge drinking for college students.

Parties, alcohol, and freedom have long gone hand in hand with college – for as long as teenagers have been leaving mom and dad to begin their educations. It isn’t any wonder that college students make up one of the highest ranking demographic groups for alcohol abuse. Estimates reflect that just over 60 percent of college students have used alcohol in the last 30 days, and that as many as two-thirds of those students have taken part in binge drinking in the same period. That is a change from college students’ drinking habits from the past. While the use of alcohol has remained constant for the last few decades, instances of binge drinking have increased dramatically over that time frame, and that can carry some serious risks, reports NJ alcohol rehab center Serenity at Summit.

What is Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking is defined as imbibing 5 or more consecutive drinks for men, and 4 or more consecutive drinks for women. It’s an excessive amount of alcohol consumed in a short period of time. In other words, it’s when someone is drinking with the intention of getting drunk. Binge drinking typically causes blood alcohol levels that significantly exceed the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08%.

College students often believe that they are just trying to have a good time with their friends, but patterns of binge drinking are subject to dangerous and sometimes devastating consequences.

What are the Risks of Binge Drinking?

The risks of binge drinking vary from the minor discomfort of a hangover to accidents and injuries to extremely serious consequences, including death. The National Institute of Health1 (NIH) reports that more than 1,800 college students die each year from alcohol-related injuries and accidents. That’s a frightening number, and it doesn’t include the instances where the consequences are not fatal.

Other significant risks include:

  • Drunk driving – Nearly three and a half million college age students get behind the wheel after drinking.
  • Risky Sexual Behavior – 13% of college students have reported that they have engaged in unprotected sex after a night of excessive drinking. That number is self-reported, so the actual number is likely much higher.
  • Assault – Nearly 700,000 college students are assaulted by another student who has been drinking each year.
  • Sexual abuse – Every year, 97,000 students suffer date rape or another form of sexual abuse that is alcohol-related.
  • Injuries – Almost 600,000 college students go to the emergency room with alcohol-related injuries each year.
The Risks of Alcohol-Related Hazing

Hazing and initiations have been around on college campuses for a long time. They are especially popular among the Greek communities (fraternities and sororities) and sports teams. But the nature of hazing is no longer like that of our grandfathers. It now often includes dangerous behaviors that are abusive and sometimes illegal. Alcohol is frequently involved in those behaviors. Over the last few decades the number of deaths due to hazing has continued to increase each year, and it is estimated that as many as 82% fatalities are alcohol-related.

The Risks of Alcohol and Energy Drinks

Energy drinks have gained popularity over the last five years; they can be seen in abundance on college campuses. The purpose of the drinks is to boost the drinker’s energy with caffeine, vitamins, herbal extracts, and sugar. Most people who drink energy drinks consume one to give them the energy they need to be productive throughout the day. It isn’t the same when college students are out at a party or bar drinking though. On a typical night out, those who drink energy drinks combined with alcohol commonly have at least three of the mixed drinks.

The combination of caffeine, which raises the heart rate, and alcohol, which lowers the heart rate, sends the body mixed signals that can be dangerous. The over-consumption of energy drinks with alcohol can cause heart problems, motor skill problems, confusion and dizziness, and exhaustion. Additionally, because the caffeine in energy drinks is a stimulant that can mask the effects of alcohol, people drinking the mixture are more likely to drive drunk than those who are only drinking alcohol. They are also at least three times more apt to binge drink.

Alcoholism and Other Risks

One of the biggest and most serious risks of binge drinking is alcoholism. Often times, college students believe that binge drinking isn’t that serious because they are not drinking every day. The truth is, there’s a natural progression from abstinence to alcoholism in people who have an alcohol use disorder. How long it takes a person to become alcohol dependent varies depending on several different factors, including both environmental and genetic components. In those individuals who become alcoholics, there is a line that is crossed and recreational use becomes physical or psychological dependence. Once that happens, it’s very difficult for the person to walk away from alcohol without professional help.

That’s not the only risk though. There are many other problems that arise for college students due to drinking excessively. Some of them include:

Health issues – College students are young and usually feel like they are immune to suffering medical problems, including the health risks of binge drinking. However, those who suffer from alcohol poisoning can have long-term health issues no matter what their age. The longer and more consistently a person drinks to excess increases health risks exponentially.

Legal problems – The legal drinking age is 21, which most college students have not yet reached. That means that anytime they engage in any type of drinking, they are breaking the law and run the risk of getting into trouble with law enforcement. When they choose to drink and drive, their chances of arrest increase significantly, and the punishment can be extreme depending on where they go to school.

Academic discipline – Each college has its own set of standards for student behavior, but those standards typically extend to life outside of the classroom. It is common for incidents that involve binge drinking to result in negative consequences for college students. In fact, in 2013 there were 165,000 academic disciplinary actions taken against students for alcohol-related incidents.

Getting Help for Alcohol Abuse

There is help available for college students who have a problem with alcohol. Treatment options include detox, inpatient, outpatient, 12-step programs, and alcohol and drug addiction therapy. The good news is that college students can get and stay sober before they suffer many of the negative consequences that lifetime drinkers do. The first step is to recognize the problem and call our NJ alcohol rehab center and ask for help.

 

Footnotes:

1     National Institute of Health http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/CollegeFactSheet/CollegeFactSheet.pdf

Solo Drinking Linked to Higher Risk of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse For Teens

Teens generally don’t have the social maturity to filter out potentially negative influences, including those that encourage them to experiment, leading to alcoholism and drug abuse.

Parents today have a lot more to worry about than parents from just a generation ago. Social media has opened gateways to unprecedented connectivity that allows young people to have almost unlimited information literally at their fingertips. The problem is that teens generally don’t have the social maturity to filter out potentially negative influences, including those that encourage them to experiment with drugs and alcohol, leading to alcoholism and drug abuse.

Peer pressure has always been a teenage problem, and most teens encounter pressure to consume drugs or alcohol at some point. However, today’s teenagers are burdened by 24/7 social expectations. The pervasiveness of social media has caused teens to begin experimenting with substance abuse at an increasingly earlier age. In the U.S., the average age for a child’s first drink of alcohol is now 13 for girls and 11 for boys.

In the case of alcohol, consumption doesn’t always stop at the experimentation stage. For certain teens, drinking at a young age leads to future substance abuse.

Drinking Alone Puts Teens at a Higher Risk for Substance Abuse

Although it might make more sense that teens who drink with friends would have a higher risk of developing alcohol dependency down the road, the opposite is true.

In fact, studies show that teens who drink alone are the ones more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. In a joint study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, over 700 young adults were asked about their drinking habits. Researchers found that teens and 20-somethings who drank alone had a 50 percent higher chance of developing alcoholism by age 25 than their counterparts who drank with others.

According to researchers, young people who drink alone may be turning to alcohol in an attempt to cope with emotional disturbances, depression, and negative external factors.

The Alcohol Problem in the United States

Although the abuse of prescription painkillers has received a great deal of attention over the past few years, alcoholism remains the leading substance abuse problem in this country. Alcohol kills 88,000 Americans every year, making it the fourth-leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.

Moreover, a significant portion of individuals with an alcohol use disorder are young people. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that about 679,000 children and teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 had some form of alcohol dependency in 2014.

Is Your Child Struggling with Alcohol Use Disorder?

Alcoholism is not just an “adult” problem. If your child or teen is consuming alcohol, it’s important to get help as early as possible. At Summit Behavioral Health, we offer a variety of programs for teens. Speak to an addiction specialist today to get answers and explore options.

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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Benefits Of A Teen-Only Rehab Program

Being a teenager is one of the most difficult developmental stages of life that any of us will ever encounter. When you add addiction into the mix, the challenges become even more complex. If you’re searching for help for a teen who is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, there’s a lot to consider.

Most programs are geared to adults, and treatment is focused on the adult psyche. When it comes to teens, these programs are not always beneficial and often fall short – leading many teens into a cycle of relapse.

The Many Benefits Of A Teen-Only Rehab Program

The following are several important factors and benefits of a teen-only rehab program.

The Teen Brain And Addiction

The teen brain is still growing and changing. Because of this, addiction treatment must be geared specifically to the unique needs of teenagers and their developing and limited view of their environment. Substantial cognitive, physical and emotional changes occur between childhood and adulthood. In other words, adolescent brains are a work in progress. Teens who become addicted to drugs or alcohol can benefit from a teen drug rehab program that addresses this stage of development, as well as any co-occurring psychiatric issues and emotional problems.

A Focus On FamilyA Focus On Family-Teen Rehab Program

A teen only rehab program provides a greater emphasis on the family dynamic. Since many addiction problems are intertwined with family issues, it only makes sense to incorporate family therapy and other family-focused treatment options into the continuum of care.

Education

Often, teens begin using drugs or alcohol without a clear understanding of the consequences. Age-appropriate education can go a long way to help provide the information that addicted teens need to begin making more informed decisions and to use better judgment that can help set them on a more positive path for the future.

Working With Peers

One of the key components of addiction treatment is addicts helping other addicts. Thus, it only makes sense that teens are placed with other teens who share similar addiction challenges. In teen groups, young addicts are more likely to feel open and comfortable about sharing their particular issues and will relate to the stories of others.

Do You Have A Teen Who Is Struggling With Drug Or Alcohol Addiction?

With effective treatment, teens have the ability to recover from addiction and to embrace a positive life in recovery. Because addiction is a progressive disease, it’s important to get help right away.


Don’t delay, call one of our addiction specialists now.

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What’s Different About An Individualized Substance Abuse Program For Teens?

When your teen has a substance abuse problem, it can be heart-breaking, and it can send the entire family into turmoil. The first step in stopping this downward spiral is finding the right treatment to break the cycle of substance abuse. Yes, there is hope for long-term recovery!

Individualized Substance Abuse Program For Teens

However, it’s important to know that not all addiction treatment programs for teens are created equal. In fact, many are simply slightly modified versions of adult programs. At Serenity at Summit, we believe that individualizedsubstance abuse programs for teenagers is most effective in treating teenagers who are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol.

The teenage years are volatile by nature, and because of this, a cookie-cutter approach to substance abuse treatment is often not effective. When a teen is going through rapid physical, psychological, and emotional changes, treatment needs to be carefully adapted to their specific needs. Compassion, understanding, and sensitivity also needs to be carefully integrated into a program.

Our Teen Rehab Program

It’s simply a fact that most adult interventions and programs often don’t meet the needs of teens. A teen rehab program must be tailored specifically for them. At Serenity at Summit, we offer the following as part of our teen programs:

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

Treatment For Dual Diagnosis Issues

Many teens who are facing the challenge of drug or alcohol addiction are also suffering from co-occurring disorders like depression or anxiety. Because of this, we take the time to diagnosis and treat any underlying mental issues to provide teens with the best chance for living healthy, productive lives.

Help is available. By calling now, we can set up an initial assessment and address any resistance issues while guiding you through the process of getting help.

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