Articles on teen drug addiction

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The abuse of alcohol and illicit and prescription drugs continues to be a major health problem internationally. It is estimated that alcohol abuse results in 2. In addition to causing death, substance abuse is also responsible for significant morbidity and the treatment of drug addiction creates a tremendous burden on society.

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During adolescence, life is challenging enough just dealing with fitting in and the changes that occur as you grow into an adult. CBS News reports that a recent survey indicates approximately two million teens between the ages of 12 and 17 currently need treatment for a substance abuse problem, but only aboutget the help they need. This high number is largely due to the fact that it is easy for teens to access many kinds of drugs but trying anything just once can lead to drug addiction.

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Regrettably, many teens consider experimenting with drugs and alcohol to be an important part of growing up, despite the significant risk and many disastrous consequences. Some teens are introduced to drug use through prescriptions and then begin to use recreationally. Some teens begin experimenting with drugs as a result of friends or become curious after listening to a song referencing drug abuse.

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You will also find information on spotting the signs and symptoms of substance use and hotlines for immediate assistance. Treatment for addiction takes many forms and depends on the needs of the individual. In accordance with the American Society of Addiction Medicine, we offer information on outcome-oriented treatment that adheres to an established continuum of care. In this section, you will find information and resources related to evidence-based treatment models, counseling and therapy and payment and insurance options.

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Ninety percent of addictions start in the teen years. If something appears wrong, start taking action. But there are biological and environmental factors you can watch out for to help you figure out if your child may be at a greater risk for addiction.

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Our focus on sustainable healing puts teens and young adults on a pathway for success. The incredible success stories from our alumni inspire us every day. See for yourself.

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People from all walks of life can experience problems with their drug use, regardless of age, race, background, or the reason they started using drugs in the first place. Some people experiment with recreational drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or to ease problems such as stress, anxiety, or depression. Prescription medications such as painkillers, sleeping pills, and tranquilizers can cause similar problems.

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Trying drugs may fulfill all of these normal developmental drives, but in an unhealthy way that can have very serious long-term consequences. The family environment is also important: Violence, physical or emotional abuse, mental illness, or drug use in the household increase the likelihood an adolescent will use drugs. The adolescent brain is often likened to a car with a fully functioning gas pedal the reward system but weak brakes the prefrontal cortex. The teenage years are a critical window of vulnerability to substance use disorders, because the brain is still developing and malleable a property known as neuroplasticityand some brain areas are less mature than others.

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Why do some teens get involved in substance abuse while others do not? What factors or influences increase the risks that adolescents will smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, get drunk and use illegal and prescription drugs, while others go all the way through high school abstinent? Sincethis survey has attempted to identify characteristics, situations, and circumstances that increase or decrease the likelihood of teen substance abuse.

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Many addictions develop from drug abuse that starts during adolescence. The teenage brain is still developing, increasing the risk of addiction. Call Now. Treatment Center Locator.

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