More than 2 million adolescents are using drugs and alcohol right now. Drug and alcohol use among adolescents in the United States has gone down considerably in recent years, but the problem persists. As drug epidemics continue to spread, more teens are learning about drugs and avenues to purchase illegal drugs. Through social media platforms like Instagram, popularly used by teenagers, young people are finding synthetic or “designer” drugs easy for purchase. Substance abuse and addiction of any kind do have an impact on the young brain, from marijuana to alcohol or other hard drugs. “Kids who start using alcohol or marijuana at ever younger ages, who quickly escalate to more dangerous drugs, and who wind up using multiple substances in extreme amounts,” writes Youth Today. Numbers overall have improved when it comes to teen substance abuse and addiction. For those teens who continue to be affected, the effect is worse today than it has been in years. Their addictions are worsening more quickly than they have before. Sadly, like many of the adults in the country who are struggling with addiction and other mental health problems, only a small percentage of teens will get the help they need. According to the article, only one in 20 adolescents 12 to 17 years old who have been identified as needing treatment for addiction will actually receive any.
Because of the harmful impact substance use can have on adolescents, it’s crucial for parents, loved ones, and other adult figures to participate in early prevention. Through respectful conversations and education, teens can learn how detrimental substance use can be.
Screening for Drug Abuse
In school nurses’ offices, pediatrician’s offices, and pediatric psychiatrist’s offices, regular screenings need to be done on teenagers’ mental health and any sign of drug abuse. Screenings can indicate already present addiction or the warning signs of a developing problem.
Interventions can happen with a therapist, an interventionist, or a school program. Intervening with drug abuse early on can help teenagers learn about the way they cope and make better decisions for their lifestyles. When a teen is showing common signs of substance use to any illicit substance, it’s crucial to step in and hold an intervention. In doing so, you’re not only showing your teen you care, but you are also providing them with the treatment and guidance they need. The earlier the intervention, the better.
When a drug problem has become unmanageable or a teen is unable to recognize the consequences of their choices, residential treatment may be a requirement. Programs like the residential treatment programs at Stonewater help teens recover and heal in a holistic way while continuing to support their academic efforts. Focusing on building a new foundation of faith and recovery, our programs are life-cleansing for teens and families.
Help at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center
At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we aim to provide the services teens and families need to prevent further substance use and to help current issues. From dual diagnosis treatment to focusing on specific substances, we help those in need to recover.
Our treatment plans include the following services:
- Marijuana use treatment program
- Alcohol use treatment program
- Heroin use treatment program
- Opioid use treatment program
- Detox services
- Aftercare recovery program
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy program (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy program (DBT)
- On-campus family program
Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center offers the premier residential treatment program for addicted adolescents and teens. Hidden within the open spaces of Mississippi, our home welcomes each client as part of a loving family, dedicated to their clinical and spiritual healing. Building foundation and cleansing life, our programs restore values, support academic progress, and create hope for the future. Contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today for more information at 662.373.2828.