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Addicts are not just adults. Teenagers and children often can become addicted to drugs or alcohol. With the onset of teen pressure, social environments, broken homes, divorce and other challenges facing today’s teenager, drugs and alcohol seems to be one of the driving results that plague America’s youth. Here at 449 Recovery we have developed special programs that cater to teenagers. Part of the 449 plan has been assessed and developed specifically to target teenagers that are suffering from addiction.
Many teenagers may begin the process of experimentation while they are young. As a result of this, they are very susceptible to addiction. Understanding the differences between substance abuse and addiction is not simple. To sum up the concept, substance abuse means using an illegal substance or using a legal substance in the wrong way. And addiction begins as an abuse of this use. The addiction occurs when the teenager can no longer stop and feels the need to continue the abuse over and over again. The addiction begins when the teenager feels a need to escape into the euphoria felt during the time they are using. Whether it is peer pressure or the desire to escape, today’s teenagers are facing more and more problems with drugs and alcohol. Having an addiction means that a person has no control over whether he or she uses drugs or drinks alcohol. Someone who’s addicted to cocaine has grown so used to the drought that he or she has to have it all of the time. In addition can be physical, psychological or both.
The 449 Recovery program has been custom tailored to fit the needs and expectations of today’s teenager. The group discussions, personal therapy and interactions with the family are essential to effective recovery program.
Some signs that you or someone you know may have a drug or alcohol addiction include:
- use of drugs or alcohol as a way to forget problems or to relax
- withdrawal or keeping secrets from family and friends
- loss of interest in activities that used to be important
- problems with schoolwork, such as slipping grades or absences
- changes in friendships, such as hanging out only with friends who use drugs
- spending a lot of time figuring out how to get drugs
- stealing or selling belongings to be able to afford drugs
- failed attempts to stop taking drugs or drinking
- anxiety, anger, or depression
- mood swings
- changes in sleeping habits
- feeling shaky or sick when trying to stop
- needing to take more of the substance to get the same effect
- changes in eating habits, including weight loss or gain
If any of these signs or signals seem to be prevalent in a teenager then seeking help is the first step. Recognizing the problem is the first step to getting real help. Many teenagers and family members believe that they can deal with the situation on their own. Unfortunately, many parents find out much too late that they cannot. Dealing with a teenager who has an addiction is a situation that requires professional help. If you or a loved one are experiencing these signs then please contact us today.