Addiction Treatment

People who start abusing alcohol and/or drugs at an early age have a greater risk of developing addiction and suffering from substance use disorder, which is a chronic disease affecting the brain. The first use of alcohol or drugs during adolescence and teen years does not lead to an addiction to the substance, but substance abuse early in life can lead to various problems later.

Teens dependent on substances, including alcohol, need a specialized treatment as per their needs. Treatment for substance abuse in adolescence must address a teen’s emotional, physical, social, family and peer environment. A comprehensive treatment for teen substance abuse at teen addiction treatment centers combines effective medication and behavioral approaches, family-based approaches, and recovery support services.

Substance abuse: Signs and Symptoms

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), some of the signs and symptoms indicating alcohol or drug addiction are:

  • Compulsive use of addictive substance
  • Strong drug or alcohol cravings
  • Loss of control over addictive substance
  • Substance tolerance
  • Physical dependence on addictive substance
  • Continued usage despite harmful consequences
  • Change in hygiene or physical appearance
  • Neglect of important activities

Substance abuse: Risk Factors

People often start abusing alcohol and others drugs in their teenage years and early adulthood. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), teen substance abuse is influenced by a combination of biological, environmental, social and developmental factors, including the following:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Sexual and/or physical abuse
  • Pre-existing emotional, behavioral or mental disorders
  • Having a parent or sibling with substance use disorder or mental health condition
  • Prevalent low risk of harm associated with addictive substance
  • Peer pressure to fit in environment
  • Curiosity or need for experimentation
  • Performance enhancement in school and extracurricular activities
  • Coping mechanism to deal with stress and other emotional troubles

Substance abuse: Consequences

Children and teens who misuse and abuse substances can face a number of short- and long-term consequences. Some of the consequences of teen substance abuse include the following:

  • Brain damage
  • Suicide and/or self-harm
  • Unplanned pregnancies
  • Mental health problems
  • Drug overdoses and death
  • Chronic medical problems
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Alcohol or drug dependence later in life
  • Alcohol- or drug-related car accidents
  • Legal, interpersonal, school, financial and work problems

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‘The Sovereign Way’ of Addiction Treatment

Sovereign Health’s Addiction Treatment Program offered at the Rancho San Diego facility is a specialized alcohol and drug addiction intervention for adolescents aged 12 to 17. Dedicated to providing the latest and cutting-edge treatment to all our patients, the substance abuse treatment teens program offered at our teen addiction treatment centers provides a combination of individual, group, and family therapies and evidence-based, complementary and experiential treatments.

Some of the evidence-based and complementary treatments offered are:

  • Neurofeedback
  • Play therapy
  • Grief counseling
  • Equine therapy
  • Anger management
  • Stress reduction skills
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution-focused therapy (SFT)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills

At Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego, we strive to ensure that all teens requiring help can receive the care they need. While undergoing evidence-based treatment, students spend the majority of their time receiving education and learning skills and other techniques that might help them in coping with stress and adverse situations after the treatment. Group therapies held for anger management and medication management can include meditation, 12-step groups, art therapy, and music therapy.

Fully accredited by the Joint Commission, Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego continually strives to use the most effective treatment methods to ensure that our patients have the best chance at a full recovery. A safe and secure facility with friendly and welcoming professionals, Rancho San Diego’s holistic and strength-based approaches are sensitive to the needs of teens who might have experienced trauma. Our teen addiction treatment centers incorporate family members into the treatment by including weekly family therapy and a monthly intensive family program. The 24/7 treatment and support offered by trained clinicians and professional staff at our addiction treatment centers for teens can assist teens to get the help they need in overcoming alcohol or drug addiction.

For more information about the Addiction Treatment Program offered to adolescents at our Rancho San Diego facility or to know about the finest addiction treatment centers for teens, near you, call our 24/7 helpline.

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