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Early Intervention and Teen Substance Abuse

teen meets with therapist for early intervention

Substance use among adolescents may be common and even expected to some extent, but that doesn’t mean this high-risk behavior should be overlooked by parents and caregivers.  The tendency in our culture to view teen drug and alcohol use as normal and experimental is causing us to ignore the associated high rates of addiction following teens into adulthood.  While there are immediate concerns to keep in mind when it comes to teen substance abuse, such as drinking and driving or the threat of overdose, the long-term implications of drug and alcohol use at a young age include a lifetime of consequences that can affect the entire family.   Teens have developing brains that are more susceptible to addiction than adults.  Unfortunately, many teens aren’t getting the help they need to end their unhealthy relationship with drugs or alcohol because the adults in their lives aren’t able to recognize the early signs of addiction.  If substance abuse is identified and early intervention takes place in the form of professional help from recovery experts, the process of addiction can essentially be stopped in its tracks. This is why it is crucial that parents stay vigilant and notice any change in behavior in their children that might indicate substance abuse. The CDC recommends pediatricians begin to screen for substance abuse at nine years old.  While this number might seem startlingly low, it is the somber truth that children often begin being exposed to drugs and alcohol in elementary school.  Children and teens who develop addiction are far more likely to suffer from substance related health issues, legal trouble, mental illness, and financial hardships in adulthood.  If you believe your teen may be abusing substances, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. A quality treatment center will provide you and your family with the tools you need to prevent substance abuse from growing out of control, and help to create a path to health and success for teens on the verge of addition.        

At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.