If adolescent substance abuse has taken over your life or the life of your child, don’t wait – call American Addiction Centers today at 877-417-6237 to begin treatment at our comprehensive, premier adolescent-based treatment program.
We can all agree, being a teenager isn’t easy — there’s peer pressure, the challenge of keeping up your grades and the highs and lows of young relationships. Lots of teens turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with all the stress, but addiction only makes problems worse in the long run.
Adolescent drug rehab vs. traditional rehab
Drug rehab is focused on overcoming addiction, one day at a time, and rehab programs for teens share that same fundamental goal. But in adolescent drug rehabilitation programs, how they get there is different. For example, one of the biggest obstacles in treating teenaged drug users is simply getting them to admit there’s a problem. Adolescents typically harbor deep feelings of denial, in part because they’ve only been using for a couple of years — they haven’t yet lost a spouse or a career because of addiction.
If they don’t seek help, of course, teen addicts may never have a spouse or career, and an overdose could end their lives before the age of 20. Adolescent addiction treatment programs specialize in bringing this message home to teens — sometimes through the use of peer counselors and other young adults with whom these clients can better relate.
Another unique offering of adolescent drug rehab with American Addiction Centers is education. Oftentimes a teen will have to go to treatment during the school year, or they may have already dropped out of school completely. We offer G.E.D’s or daily tutoring to keep teens up-to-date with their studies while attending treatment. To learn more, call 877-417-6237.
How does adolescent drug rehab work?
The most important step is for the addicted teen to enter treatment. An addiction intervention may be necessary in convincing the adolescent there’s a problem. Because denial is so prevalent in younger addicts, concerned parents may have to force their child to seek help — threatening, for example, to kick them out of the family house if that doesn’t happen. Did you buy your son a new car for his 18th birthday? Threaten to take the keys back. You may be saving your child’s life.
Once a client enters adolescent drug rehabilitation with American Addiction Centers, he or she can expect:
- An intake process that will identify any particular issues, in addition to substance abuse, that the client is struggling with – such as eating disorders or mental illness/dual diagnosis.
- Detox, a difficult but necessary process that removes all drug toxins from the body.
- The intensive residential treatment stage kicks into high gear, complete with individual/group therapy and family counseling. Unlike adult drug rehab centers, adolescent drug treatment includes an academic component. Teens will continue their studies while in rehab, ensuring they return home healthier, happier and still caught up with their classmates.
- After the teen returns home, continued outpatient treatment is an essential part of a successful recovery. Relapse prevention requires a sustained effort, and outpatient care may include counseling or attending local 12-step support groups.
I strongly suspect my son or daughter has a drug problem. How can I know for sure?
It’s a tricky thing, to figure out if your teen is using — as you’ll see, many of the signs and symptoms of adolescent drug abuse can be part of typical teenage behavior. In some cases, there may be mental health issues going on, but not necessarily substance abuse.
Warning signs include:
- Messy appearance, or lack of care for personal hygiene
- Track marks on arms or legs (or long sleeves in warm weather to hide marks)
- Reckless driving, car accidents or unexplained dents in the car
- Avoiding eye contact
- Secretive phone calls
- Mood changes or emotional instability
- Loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies, or sports
- Truancy or loss of interest in schoolwork
If you’re not sure, seek professional help
When trying to decide if your teen has a problem with drug abuse, you may want to turn to a pediatrician or child psychologist. Don’t be afraid to err on the side of caution. Your child may ask whether you yourself have tried drugs, and it’s okay to say ‘yes,’ if that’s the case. Most parents these days tried drugs when they were younger – 60%, according to a 2006 Partnership For a Drug-Free America survey – and experts increasingly say it’s best to disclose your past to your child when asked. Call 877-417-6237 for advice now.
Your teen, in turn, may feel more comfortable telling you about the drug use happening in their own life.
Some ways to start the conversation:
- “I tried drugs because some kids I knew were experimenting. I thought I needed to try drugs to fit in. It took me a while to discover that’s never a very good reason to do anything. Do you ever feel pressure like that?”
- “Everyone makes mistakes, and trying drugs was a mistake I made. It made me do some dumb things. I love you too much to watch you repeat the bad decisions I made.”
No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find an adolescent drug rehab. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury rehab programs.