While adolescents typically do not develop an addiction to alcohol or drugs upon first use, substance abuse early in life can contribute to a number of problems for them later down the road. Young people who begin abusing alcohol and/or drugs at an early age are at a much greater risk of developing a substance use disorder, also known as substance abuse or addiction, which is a chronic disease that affects the brain.
People who develop substance use disorders drink alcohol or use drugs in a problematic and/or dangerous way. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), signs and symptoms that indicate that a person has alcohol or drug addiction include:
- Compulsively using alcohol and/or drugs
- Having strong drug or alcohol cravings
- Having difficulty or being unable to stop or cut back
- Tolerance, or the need to drink more or use more of a drug to achieve a desired effect
- Physical dependence or the inability to stop without having unpleasant withdrawal symptoms (e.g., trembling, nausea, headaches, vomiting, insomnia, depression, fatigue, etc.)
- Difficulty cutting down or controlling how much or how often the person drinks or uses drugs
- Continuing alcohol and drug use even after experiencing negative or harmful consequences, such as legal, employment, financial, health or relationship problems
- A change in appearance (e.g., lack of hygiene or poor physical appearance)
- Neglect of the activities or people who used to be important to the person (e.g., family, friends, work, school, etc.)
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All our locations treat addiction and dual diagnosis, while some offer additional specialized programs.
We offer adults and adolescents residential, outpatient and other levels of care.
A multidisciplinary team works together to provide the best care for every diagnosis.
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