Millions of teenagers in the United States abuse drugs, yet only a few thousand get the help they need. This is unfortunate given that professional rehabilitation is accessible to people across all socio-economic groups. We believe that parents play a major role in ensuring recovery from teen drug addiction.
Your 16-year old is at an impressionable age where he/she may start using drugs owing to peer pressure. Experimenting with drugs is a normal part of teenage life, but when it spirals into dependency, you’ve got a problem you cannot ignore.
Crestview Recovery has worked with many teens and their parents seeking sustainable de-addiction. Our rehabilitation for Pacific Northwest residents encompasses an entire spectrum of Class A drugs and prescription medication, including cocaine, heroin, meth, morphine, opioids, Oxycodone and painkillers.
How to Spot the Warning Signs of Drug Addiction in Teens
People who are addicted to drugs display certain psychological, behavioral and even physical changes that can be detected through attentive observation. Here are some signs to watch out for:
- Frequent mood swings, low energy, and problems with concentration or memory
- Slurred speech or increased talkativeness and rapid speech
- A noticeable change in personality or attitude
- Shaking, tremors or seizures (with no prior history or known medical condition)
- Changes in appetite and sleep patterns
- High energy followed by low energy and motivation, including drowsiness
- Track marks on legs or arms (indicating intravenous drug usage, this is a huge red flag that should be immediately addressed)
- Bloodshot eyes
If your son or daughter has started taking painkillers very frequently for some reason, you definitely want to confirm if there is a medical condition they’re hiding. It is also possible that an existing medical condition is making them more dependent on prescription pills than normal. In this case, you may find missing medication in your cabinets.
Planning an Intervention for Teen Drug Addiction
Rarely do teens talk to their adult family members about their struggles with substance addiction. When you step in, take care to do it sensitively and correctly in a way that encourages your teen to enter a rehab program.
Avoid being aggressive or accusatory with your child, but be firm about starting therapy immediately. You need to intervene fully prepared or else you may scare off your child and prompt them to make excuses. The goal of intervention is not to work your teen up, rather make them realize how addiction has affected their life and how it will impact them in the future.
Additionally, a good approach is to write your teen a letter expressing your feelings without blaming them. You can also talk about the changes you’ve seen in them and how they made you feel. State your concern for their well-being and reiterate that you will always be there to support them.
Evidence-based Addiction Treatment at Crestview Recovery
We are one of the few facilities offering drug rehab for young adults in the Pacific Northwest. When you’re ready to begin recovery, our addiction specialists will design an individualized plan for your treatment. After considering the facts of the case, our professionals will consider the patient’s unique circumstances and address any issues necessary to ensure a successful recovery.
Here are just some reasons why we’re the preferred drug abuse treatment for teens:
- Proximity to patients’ homes: teens entering 90-day rehab don’t feel overwhelmed or scared as their home and loved ones are a short distance away
- 24/7 medical supervision to handle withdrawal expertly
- Master therapists proficient in a range of therapies, including group therapy, dual diagnosis treatment, trauma therapy and family therapy
- Outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting, skiing, snowboarding, that encourage a change in thinking among teens bogged down by pressure
Call us at 866-262-0531 to start planning your child’s recovery journey from teen drug addiction. If you don’t help them, then no one will.