Teen Drug Rehab

When it comes to addiction and substance use disorders, teens are unique. Teenagers who use drugs or alcohol put themselves at risk of interfering with brain and social development. Using drugs during this critical phase of their life may cause irreversible damage to their brains.

Children and teenagers are also more susceptible to developing a long-term substance use disorder when exposed to drugs and alcohol at an early age. Social pressure plays a large role in a teen’s life, and pressure to fit in with peers can often lead to experimentation with substances. High-risk behavior comes along with being a teen, but combined with substance abuse, the consequences can be dangerous.


What to Look for in a Quality Teen Rehabilitation Program

Teens have a different set of needs that most adult treatment facilities do not cater to. There are a few differences between a teen drug rehab and an adult program. For example, a quality teen drug rehab will have a program for educational help. Most teens will have to interrupt their schooling in order to attend treatment, putting them far behind when they return home. Instead, offering continued education during treatment prevents this from happening.

Other things to look for in a quality treatment center for teens include comprehensive therapy programs, accreditations and licenses, and well qualified staff. It’s always a good idea to enlist the help of a doctor, addiction specialist, or school counselor to help choose the right facility. There are teen drug rehab options all over the country, so you’ll have plenty to choose from.

The most prominent questions you may have considered about your teen sound something like the following:

  • Is he/she just experimenting or will it turn into dependence?
  • Is he/she already dependent but we don’t know the signs?
  • How do you know when experimentation becomes dependence?
  • Aren’t there many teens that experimented and never became alcohol or drug dependent?
  • I experimented when I was a teen and I’m not dependent, right?

It’s best to avoid engaging in any of these questions, because none of them consider the facts of the situation. If you are wondering whether or not your child has an unhealthy relationship with drugs or alcohol, it’s best to consider an Early Intervention Program (EIP) that does not label them dependent or not but instead focuses on re-routing their decision-making skills when it comes to alcohol/drugs.

A quality EIP does not judge, but does:

  • A drug and alcohol assessment or evaluation
  • The teen signs an agreement to enter EIP 
  • EIP usually meets 1-4 evenings per week for 4 to 6 weeks
  • Unannounced random supervised comprehensive urine drug screens occur throughout EIP
  • EIP participants engage in cognitive behavioral group, individual and family sessions

EIP has to be voluntary.

What Happens If My Teenager Refuses Treatment?

If they respond: I’m not going, then consider implementing the following suggestions:

  • Remind them that it was their choices which got them in the problematic circumstance that has arisen
  • Highlight that it is their own decision(s) that got them to this place.
  • Where pertinent or applicable, inform your child that their choices and/or behaviors affect the whole family
  • The parent(s) should consider attending Families Anonymous
  • Look into consulting with a person trained in interventions
  • Offer financial assistance only when it is a move towards your child’s personal advancement
  • Do not offer money knowing it will take them further along the road of risky behavior.
  • Incentives should be linked to a child’s sincere efforts to better their situation.

Drugs have never been considered a “safe” thing to do. But in today’s day and age of high-powered designer drugs, they are more dangerous than ever. It is also easier than ever to obtain these drugs. Combine widespread availability and cheap powerful drugs with the youth of today, and you’ve got a dangerous combination. Even worse, many commonly abused substances can be found right in the medicine cabinet.

With accessibility at an all-time high, it’s no wonder addiction and substance use disorder have steadily increased in the adolescent population. Recent studies show that 40 percent of 12th graders and 30 percent of 10th graders tried or used drugs in the past year. When looking at the bigger picture, these statistics add up to millions of teens. Not every teen will experience a drug problem, however, drug addiction affects people of all ages.

What Causes Teenage Drug Abuse?

Although different for everyone, various factors contribute to teenage drug abuse. Most often, first time use occurs in a social setting, such as a party, where substances are easily accessible. Peer-pressure and the urge to “fit in” can drive an impressionable teen to try drugs or alcohol for the first time. Without a sense of consequence, teens can feel invincible and may not understand the potential ramifications from continued use of a substance.

The consequences of teen substance abuse can range from mild to life-altering. Just a few of the negative consequences include:

  • Addiction
    Statistically, teens who abuse drugs are much more likely to develop a serious addiction later in life.
  • Poor decision making
    Teens are quite impressionable to begin with. Combined with drug use this can lead to lowered inhibitions and poor judgment.
  • High-risk sexual contact
    As teens explore their sexuality, adding drugs to the mix can lead to high-risk situations including unprotected sex, STDs and unwanted pregnancies.
  • Dangerous driving
    As teens learn to drive, the last thing they need is impairment from drugs and alcohol. As with any driver, drugs and alcohol can impair someone to a dangerous extent. Not only the driver but any passengers are put in serious danger, including the risk of death.
  • Delinquency at school
    Academics will begin to suffer when a teen is abusing substances. This is an early warning sign of teenage drug use.

Having open, honest conversations with your teen about drug and alcohol abuse can still be very effective. Make sure to set aside time where you won’t be interrupted and can really engage with your teen. Also, make sure you know when to not have a conversation, such as when you’re angry or when your teen is under the influence. Keeping an open line of communication where your teen can talk without fear of judgment can make a world of difference.

Rehab for a loved one, especially a teen or child, can be a hard decision to make. Royal Life Centers wants to get your child the help they need. One of our treatment experts can assist with finding the right choice for you and your loved one. Call us at (877)-RECOVERY.

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