At Safe Landing, we treat teens — and only teens. Because adolescent substance abuse treatment is unlike any other.
In many ways, teens are more susceptible to substance abuse than adults.
Because the teenage brain is not fully developed until one’s mid-twenties, drug and alcohol abuse can impair the development of healthy coping skills — and even the ability to communicate with those around them meaningfully.
That’s why it’s vital to get your teen help as quickly as possible, so he or she can maintain healthy behavior and psychological wellbeing for optimal growth and development.
It can be utterly devastating to watch the child you love struggle with alcohol or drug addiction. At Safe Landing, we understand — and we can help your loved one recover, using both evidence-based therapies and holistic approaches. Together, we’ll help your teen to discover a life free of substances, and a brighter, healthier future.
The Facts About Teen Substance Abuse
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco are substances most commonly used by adolescents
15% of high school students reported having ever used select illicit or injection drugs (i.e. cocaine, inhalants, heroin, methamphetamines, hallucinogens, or ecstasy)
Teenage drug and alcohol use is associated with sexual risk behavior, experience of violence, and mental health and suicide risks.
The earlier teens start using substances, the greater their chances of continuing to use substances and developing substance use problems later in life.
What Are the Signs Your Teen Needs Substance Abuse Treatment?
It’s not always easy to know when a teen is exhibiting a healthy degree of rebellion, and when he or she has developed an addiction to drugs or alcohol. In fact, it can be quite difficult to recognize the warning signs of substance abuse for teens. Adolescents may make an effort to hide their drug use and drinking. However, as substance abuse progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to conceal the physical, emotional and behavioral effects.
Withdrawing from family and friends
Spending more time alone or with people you don’t know
Failure to tend to responsibilities
Social media posts that seem strange or out of character
Drastic changes in weight
Dilated or constricted pupils
Excessive sleeping and/or lethargy
Inability to sleep
Unusual body odors
Lethargy and disinterest in activities
Anxiety and restlessness
Irritability and aggression
Sudden lack of motivation
Ignoring rules (i.e., missing curfew)
Significant change in academic performance
Tough Conversations: Talking With Your Teen About Substance Abuse
Remember, it’s up to you as the caregiver to initiate a conversation with your teen if you suspect he or she may be using drugs or alcohol. Meanwhile, this isn’t the time to place blame or lecture. Approach your child with compassion and understanding as you ask questions.
Of course, it’s possible that he or she won’t be truthful at first; maintain your composure, and let your child know you’re here to help. If you still suspect drug or alcohol use, you can speak with your child’s pediatrician about next steps. Or you can talk to the team at Safe Landing about our recommendation.
If your child does admit to using drugs or alcohol, please reach out to us immediately. He or she likely isn’t aware of the severity of the problem, as addiction is exceptionally difficult to self-diagnose — even for older, more seasoned users of drugs and alcohol. The situation likely will not improve without treatment, so don’t wait.
Teen Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
At Safe Landing, our teen drug rehab focuses exclusively on the needs of adolescents. We understand that teens are impacted by addiction differently than adults — and we know how to treat them effectively.
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Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances among teens. Intervention through alcohol rehab can help your child develop the skills and tools necessary for a bright future free from addiction. Learn More >
Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions
Substance abuse is often tied to underlying mental health conditions. Adolescents may self-medicate as a way of addressing undiagnosed disorders such as anxiety, depression, and trauma or PTSD.
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What Kinds of Teen Substance Abuse Is Safe Landing Equipped to Treat?
At Safe Landing, we have extensive experience treating a wide variety of substance abuse types, including:
Many of our clients come to us with addiction to a combination of substances. We’ll spend time talking to your teen to understand their situation and get a sense of their addiction history. We also use this opportunity to diagnose any co-occurring mental health conditions that may have been contributing to your child’s substance abuse. Then, we’ll craft an individualized recovery plan exclusively for your teen — so he or she has the tools for successful, lasting sobriety.
What Can You and Your Teen Expect from Substance Abuse Treatment?
Not all addiction treatment programs are open to teens, but Safe Landing is a private treatment facility that caters to this special population. Our facility offers different levels of care, so it is equipped to help teens with different needs, goals and addiction severity. Its treatment programs include inpatient treatment or partial hospitalization programs that provide rehab while the teen lives on-site, or intensive outpatient programs or outpatient treatment that allows the teen to stay at home while receiving treatment during specific sessions.
No matter what, your teen will have access to effective, evidence-based therapy, as well as holistic options that provide a sense of wellbeing and balance throughout early recovery. Therapies include:
Motivational interviewing (MI)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Along the way, we make sure that substance abuse treatment is engaging and enjoyable for teens, so they learn to have fun without drugs and alcohol. They’ll also have the chance to build lasting relationships in recovery.
If your child is suffering, don’t wait another day. Reach out to Safe Landing for substance abuse treatment now.
Our Teen Treatment Guarantee
We’re committed to your teen’s recovery. After successfully completing 60 days of treatment at our teen rehab center, if your teenager relapses for any reason they are guaranteed an additional 60 days of treatment at no cost to help them get back on track.