Drug Addiction

Addiction to various substances, including drugs and alcohol, can start at any age. Teens usually develop drug addiction when they use drugs to have a good time, to be more like their friends, or simply to deal with stress.

Teens can use drugs for various reasons. Some of the reasons are:

  • it seems exciting
  • promotes a feel-good factor
  • makes them feel more grown up
  • makes them fit in within a certain group

What starts as a harmless activity can soon become a serious problem in the form of teen drug abuse and in certain cases it can even be fatal. As per the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2015, there were 4,235 drug overdose deaths involving those between 15-24 years. As per the agency, prescription drug overdose accounted for 2,242 deaths, opioids accounted for 3,082 deaths and illicit drugs accounted for 2,151 overdose deaths among teens in 2015.

As compared to older substance abusers, adolescents and young adults have different treatment needs and might not seek treatment on their own. Therefore, drug treatment for teens involves a combination of evidence-based therapies and traditional therapies for drug and alcohol addiction.

Drug abuse among teens: Reading the warning signs

Teen years are often a confusing and challenging time when teens run the risk of getting trapped in the destructive patterns of drug and alcohol use. If an adolescent starts behaving differently for no particular reason, it could be a sign that he or she is developing a drug-related problem.

Some of the common signs of teen drug abuse include the following:

  • health complaints like unusual tiredness, bloodshot eyes and frequent hunger pangs
  • losing interest in academics, drop in grades and skipping classes
  • unusual behavior like avoiding eye contact, secretive behavior and loss of interest in activities
  • diminished personal appearance, poor hygiene, smell of smoke on clothes or breath

Teens with a family history of drug or alcohol abuse and those not connected or valued by their friends or family are also at a greater risk of developing substance addiction. 

Drug abuse among teens: Consequences

When drug use takes the form of an addiction, there is a high probability of teens losing their friends, losing motivation, suffering academically, showing unpredictable mood swings, developing other health issues and showing strained behavior with family or friends. Substance abuse can force teens to change their behavior when that start avoiding activities that they previously enjoyed.

Though a treatment at a teen drug rehab can interfere with academic, personal and possibly, athletic milestones expected during teen years, one needs to remember that treatment works.

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Drug rehab for teens

Addiction is treatable and the first important step toward treatment is accepting the problem and asking for help from professionals. However, early intervention is critical to help young people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives.

Seeking help for a child or teen with a possible drug problem demands a lot of courage and hard work from both the parent and the child. It may take time and patience, but teenage drug abuse treatment at a certified facility can help teens in proper recovery from addiction. Parents or relatives of a teen with drug abuse problem can start by bringing the teen to a doctor for a screening of drug use and other related health conditions. They can also contact an addiction treatment specialist directly.

Why choose Sovereign Health

The Rancho San Diego facility of Sovereign Health, licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services and the Joint Commission, offers drug treatment for teens aged 12 to 17 years. During the treatment for drug addiction at Rancho San Diego’s teen drug rehab facility, patients spend majority of their time picking up learning skills and techniques to overcome problems related to substance abuse and addiction. Such steps would help them cope with adverse situations after treatment and avoid any relapse.

Dedicated to helping our young patients overcome problems related to the misuse and abuse of alcohol and drugs, Sovereign Health’s teen drug rehab centers provide evidence-based treatments along with complementary and experiential treatments and activities. For more information on drug rehab for teens, call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-615-7266 or chat online with our representatives to know about teenage drug abuse treatment offered at our Rancho San Diego facility.

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