Teenagers longing to fit in— or who are trying to manage negative feelings while coping with developing mental health issues, may struggle with drug abuse.
Many teens experiment with drugs as a way of fitting in with their peers, while others abuse addictive substances to try to make themselves feel better. Teens may also ‘self-medicate’ to treat undiagnosed mental health disorders such as:
Although undiagnosed mental health disorders require professional diagnosis and treatment, physical aliments, physical and sexual abuse, and extreme stressors largely contribute to substance abuse among teens. Teenagers are also disproportionately in danger of abusing substances boosting academic and athletic performance.
Regardless of the reason for drug abuse, it’s important that teens go through a specialized teen drug rehab if they have been using or abusing drugs.
Not getting help early on with addiction leads to lasting consequences. Substance abuse eventually develops into a full-blown substance use disorder when left unchecked.
For teens, the earlier the intervention the better.
With continued use (without treatment) teens develop a tolerance for their substance/s of choice, causing them to abuse substances frequently, or in higher doses. In many cases, without enrollment into an accredited rehab facility for teens, adolescents carry their addictions into adulthood.
Teen substance treatment focuses on identifying the underlying causes of substance abuse and addressing those issues head-on. Substance use is a symptom of a larger problem.
Teenagers are known for abusing marijuana, prescription pain medications, adderall, xanax, and alcohol.
Marijuana is a common drug that teens use when they’re beginning to experiment or abuse drugs. Amphetamines, synthetic marijuana, cough medicine, tranquilizers and other drugs may also be commonly misused among teens.
Teens may abuse drugs for a variety of reasons including:
Parents who recognize the signs of teen drug abuse, including significant changes in attitude, isolating oneself from others, taking high doses of prescribed medications, or symptoms of withdrawal are better equipped to enroll their adolescents into a teen drug rehab facility.
Parents who find drugs or alcohol in their teen’s possession must find a way to intervene!
Speak with our Safe Landing Recovery team.
We’ll walk you through the particulars of teen drug rehab.
Marijuana is considered a gateway drug leading to smoking other substances. Similarly, opioid painkillers may later lead to the use of heroin for a cheaper, more accessible high. Essentially, a gateway “opens the door” to experimentation with addictive substances.
The longer substance abuse remains untreated among teens, the farther they spiral into the depths of addiction. Using “harder” substances including heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. These substances cause irrevocable psychological and neurological damage to the developing brain.
Many don’t believe the gateway theory, but researchers have shown that there is evidence through trends of those struggling with addiction to support the theory of gateway drugs. For example, many people who abuse drugs today once smoked cigarettes or started with marijuana.
Alcohol is not excluded from being a gateway substance. Teenagers commonly combine the substance with over-the-counter medicine. Stay keen on the whereabouts and happenings of your teen. Including keeping abreast of their social circles.
Teens who use gateway drugs are approximately 266 times more likely to become addicted to cocaine in the future. Those who drink are around six times more likely to use cocaine.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reveals teens exposed to cannabinoids may have decreased reactivity of dopamine later in life. That means that they may be less capable of feeling pleasure or the sensation of a reward for doing well or being successful.
This is a real problem and something that should be addressed within a teen drug rehab program immediately.
The short answer is a resounding: yes!
The teen’s developing brain is particularly susceptible to addiction.
For example, the pleasure centers of the teen brain develop faster than other parts, such as the areas that analyze risk— lending to better decision-making control. Teens quickly become risk-takers who don’t necessarily understand or think through the consequences of their actions.
Drug and alcohol experimentation during those formative years leave lasting consequences.
Substance abuse affects teens in a few ways including:
How a teen’s brain develops during their formative years has a significant impact on their brain as an adult. In teen years, it’s vital to maintain healthy behavior and psychological wellbeing for optimal growth and development.
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Early intervention is a must. With teens, substance abuse has a lasting impact. It’s dangerous not to treat an addiction when it’s first recognized.
The length of substance abuse and addiction is a critical factor when considering a teen rehab program; the longer one’s abuse continues, the more difficult treatment becomes. Treating substance abuse (or addiction) head-on once identified is crucial to recovery!
Addiction is a chronic disease, becoming compounded as time goes on. Addictive substances force permanent changes in one’s physiological makeup. Neurobiology reveals addictive substances are toxic to neurotransmitters and important emotional regulators within the body— including opiate receptors.
At Safe Landing, we focus on teen drug rehabilitation exclusively. We know that teens are impacted by addiction differently than adults.
Usually, teen drug or alcohol abuse is a matter of coping with unresolved trauma, family issues, and/or developing mental health concerns. Teens may develop destructive behaviors interfering with their home life, academic performance, or job.
It is our goal to help teens correct negative self-images and build their confidence. We also work to improve self-esteem while determining the underlying causes of addiction.
We understand continuing education while your teen attends rehab is paramount.
Safe Landing is equipped with remote learning and an in-house teacher to assist in all aspects of academic success.
Academic instruction is just one important aspect of recovery. During treatment, professionals work closely with teens to improve self-confidence, developing emotional processing skills, effective communication, stress and anger management, living mindfully, and personal growth and development.
We offer educational services through supplemental in-person instruction and eLearning, GED/SAT/ACT test prep, employment prep, and assistance with scholarship applications and higher learning enrollment.
Here at Safe Landing we take a well-rounded approach to support teens.
We provide parents and guardians with regular progress reports and encourage family counseling once a week throughout the length of the program.
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At Safe Landing Recovery, we focus on addressing the core underlying causes of addiction. We implement life skills programs and cognitive behavioral therapy modalities, empowering teens to change their lives.
We provide clients with the tools they need to take their lives into their own hands and work toward a sober future.
Call a nationally-renowned teen drug rehab today at 1-855-403-6454!