Opioids have been gaining attention in recent years as one of the most dangerous types of drugs, for adolescents in particular. Their availability, high chance of dependence, and potentially lethal overdoses make opioids a serious problem. And, as rates of opioid use have been on the rise across many age groups, healthcare professionals have been working hard to spread awareness about how important it is to keep these drugs away from young people. Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center provides adolescent opioid use treatment in response to increased opioid use. Our boys’ substance use treatment programs provide the comprehensive care young men need for lasting recovery.

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, opioids are the third most-used mind-altering substance among Americans aged 12 to 17 — trailing alcohol and marijuana by only a few percentage points. But what are these drugs, and where are our youth finding them? Much of the danger stems from the fact that most opioids are prescription drugs, commonly prescribed for pain conditions or after surgery or an injury. Many people supply these drugs by visiting multiple doctors’ offices complaining of severe pain, receiving prescriptions, and selling the pills at a profit. These drugs can include common painkillers such as:

  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Fentanyl (Demerol)
  • Codeine
  • Methadone
  • Tramadol
  • Buprenorphine 


Opioids also include less common drugs and illegal drugs, such as morphine and heroin. But all opioids are equally dangerous when misused or overused, regardless of whether the drug is a prescription medication or not. If you or your child is given a prescription for a narcotic painkiller, you should be sure to take them as directed and promptly dispose of any unused pills. When it’s found your teen is abusing prescription drugs, our teen boys’ opioid treatment program is available.

Your body actually produces a form of opioids on its own — these natural chemicals are called endogenous opioids, and function in the brain to dull pain, calm the mind and body and produce feelings of pleasure and happiness. Endogenous opioids might be produced as a response to mild pain or as a means of rewarding your body for something good, like the endorphins produced during exercise. Addiction therapy brings back healthy emotional responses to find the joy in life for each adolescent.

Synthetic opioids use the same pathways in the brain as endogenous opioids and produce similar effects. However, synthetic opioids have a much stronger effect, flooding the brain with a pleasant numbing sensation and a rush of euphoria. If there is no real pain for the opioids to correct, the drugs produce a high rather than balancing out your body’s sensations.

Opioid drugs become dangerous with continued use, as the brain and body grow accustomed to experiencing the heightened levels of pleasure and can no longer achieve happiness with natural, endogenous opioid responses. An opioid addict relies on drugs to feel calm and content in everyday life and craves the drug to avoid the anxiety and sadness that comes between highs. What’s more, tolerance to opioids builds quickly. If you use these drugs, you’ll need increasingly higher doses to achieve the same effects. This puts users at a very high risk of overdosing — and opioid overdoses can be fatal, as the relaxing effects of the drugs can slow breathing and heart rate to dangerously low levels. Stop the risks of the cycle of dependence at our adolescent opioid use treatment program.

Signs of Opioid Use

Opioid use may be easy to hide at first, but as it progresses toward physical and psychological dependence, there will be increasingly obvious signs that something is wrong. If you are noticing changes in your adolescent’s behavior, and you are worried that they might be drug-related, you should seek professional help right away. With the assistance of a doctor or therapist, you can identify the issue at hand and get the right kind of treatment.

If you have any of these signs, the problem might be opioid use-related:

  • Mood swings
  • General lethargy
  • Drowsiness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Slowed reaction times
  • Withdrawal from normal activities
  • Loss of enjoyment in hobbies
  • Drug-seeking behavior (e.g., complaining of pain or asking to see different doctors)

Abusing opioids for a long time will change the way that the brain functions naturally. It’s vital to attend an adolescent opioid use treatment program to avoid long-lasting damage; the effects can include poor social functioning, mental health concerns, heightened risk of certain diseases, and reduced cognition. The adolescent brain is still in development and is especially susceptible to lifelong problems from serious opioid use at a young age. Knowing your child and their behaviors, and being proactive when they seem to be changing for the worse, can be the best way to catch opioid use early and ensure that your adolescent gets the help they need. Our teen boys’ substance use treatment center is here for all the care your adolescent needs for sober living.


Opioid dependence can be successfully treated at a teen boys’ opioid use treatment program, but it does require a program with the right kind of services and expertise. Opioid withdrawal is notorious for being difficult and potentially dangerous, so choosing an adolescent opioid use treatment program with medical detox is essential. It’s also vital to find a recovery center that focuses on individualized treatment because this gives residents the best chance at long-lasting recovery from opioid dependence. Our adolescent opioid use treatment program provides care that is tailored to each resident means that the solutions offered during recovery are ones that resonate with every individual. Residents are more likely to find ways to stay sober when their coping mechanisms truly work for them and their unique needs. As an adolescent-specific program, Stonewater is also especially aware of the distinct problems faced by this age group and how those concerns may have led to a substance use disorder. We know how important it is to get young people to engage in their recovery process fully. They need to be able to see and feel that a sober life is possible and fulfilling and that they don’t need opioids or other drugs or alcohol to live a happy and successful life. We work with every resident and their family to find therapies and treatments that make sense for their interests, lifestyles, and experiences. With this approach, we are best able to give Stonewater residents the new beginning they deserve.

Our treatment programs include a full range of levels of care to help residents at all stages of recovery:

  • Medically monitored detox
  • Residential substance use treatment center
  • Aftercare recovery program for teens
  • Full-time monitoring and screening


Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center is located in Oxford, Mississippi, in a beautiful private facility on sprawling green grounds. We welcome adolescents who are local to our area and Mississippi, as well as individuals from across the country who are seeking an adolescent opioid use treatment program with our level of quality and care. If you want to learn more about our options for treating opioid dependence, call 662.373.2828. We encourage you to reach out to us right away and get started toward getting the help that you or your child needs by contacting Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today.