For teenagers, substance abuse and mental health disorders often occur together. Up to 75 percent of teens who abuse drugs or alcohol also have a co-occurring mental health disorder, according to a recent report.
At Safe Landing, a recovery center for teens, we understand the importance of treating dual diagnoses simultaneously. The staff at our private teen addiction treatment center in Miami, Florida takes great care to ensure they fully understand your teen’s addiction and all the factors that contribute to it. Only then do we formulate a recovery plan and begin treatment that addresses both their addiction and any co-occurring mental health disorders.
During substance abuse rehab treatment, we work to improve your teen’s self-image, build their confidence and provide a safe place for addressing other underlying causes of their addiction. Through individual, group and family counseling, your son or daughter develops positive means of processing stress and emotional challenges. We’re dedicated to helping your teen realize a future free from addiction.
Anger Management: As a parent, you have probably experienced this: you try to talk to your teen about their addiction, only to see them react with anger and resentment. Or you may see that they are angry at themselves for not being able to stop using drugs or alcohol on their own. Whatever the reason for your teen’s anger, it’s important to understand that it must be treated along with their addiction. It’s the only way to ensure a successful and long-term recovery.
Anxiety: Anxiety is a natural human reaction that serves as an alarm that is activated when a person feels threatened. A certain level of anxiety may even be helpful. A jolt of adrenaline can provide an edge when it comes to getting ready for a major exam, class presentation, sports performance or a big date. However, it becomes a problem when the anxiety becomes so intense that it interferes with your teen’s ability to function clearly and they turn to drugs or alcohol in an effort to relive the anxiety and feel better.
Depression: Teenagers face many physical, emotional, hormonal changes, not to mention social pressures, that are unique to their age group. An estimated 20 percent of teens suffer from clinical depression, studies show, and at least 70 percent of those teens never receive treatment. This leads many of them to attempt to self-medicate by using drugs and alcohol. Many parents mistakenly believe depression can be managed simply by enforcing more discipline, but in reality this may only make your child’s situation worse.
Eating disorders: Eating disorders are very common among teenagers, especially girls. A recent study found that almost 40 percent of teenage girls believed they were overweight. Teens with eating disorders focus intently on dieting and food, and they often develop dangerous eating habits that may prevent them from getting proper nutrition. As a parent, you should be concerned by the strong connection between eating disorders and substance abuse. Half of all teens with an eating disorder also have an alcohol or drug addiction, studies have found.
Trauma and PTSD: There is a strong connection between trauma and substance abuse, especially when the trauma occurs during childhood or adolescence. Many teens who suffer from trauma experience a mental health condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Any extreme stress or trauma can bring on PTSD, whether it’s something a teen observes or experiences personally. And it might not be a single event, but rather a pattern or on-going situation, such as an abusive family relationship.