It is, unfortunately, common for someone struggling with drug addiction to be a young adult. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 10 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 were users of illicit drugs in 2009. This usage rate increased from 9.3 percent in 2008. Marijuana and prescription-type drugs were the most common types used among teens of all ages; the latter are some of the most addictive types of illicit drugs. Entering rehab can be overwhelming and scary for many teens, and teen drug rehab facilities provide teens with a positive environment where they can interact with peers and develop a strong support system.
Drug Addiction in Teens
Teenagers deal with addiction very differently than adults do. They often have underlying psychological issues that are unique to their age group. For example, teens are more likely to struggle with self-esteem issues and therefore more likely to give in to peer pressure. Teenagers’ bodies are also not fully developed so they can become addicted more quickly because their biochemistry is disrupted more severely. It is important for parents to be aware of changes in their teen that may suggest drug abuse. These signs can include:
Teen Drug Rehab Options
Often, teens can feel isolated from others when struggling with a drug addiction. Drug rehab can include patients of all ages that teens may equate to a parent or teacher during their interactions. In a teen-specific program, teens interact with their peers and can openly discuss their own experiences and struggles, and how drug addiction has affected their lives. Counselors are trained in dealing with adolescents and can help teens deal with any additional issues they may be facing that led them to drug abuse. Teens are free to discuss their lives at home, families, school and friends. This type of program offers a level of support for teens that carries them beyond rehab. Older teens, those 18 and 19 years old, can participate in adult rehab programs.
Finding Help for Teen Addicts
Please call our toll-free number if you believe your teen is struggling with drug addiction. Our trained counselors can answer any questions you might have and help you find a program that best suits your teen’s needs.