Teen Drug Rehab Centers

Drug addiction is an issue that has no age limit. Children, teens and adults can all fall victim to drug use and dependency. Millions of dollars each year go into campaigns to minimize and prevent teen drug use, but knowledge is ultimately what is needed. If teens and their parents know more about drug or alcohol dependency, including the health risks associated with prolonged use and treatment options, perhaps the number of teenage addicts will decrease dramatically.

Teenage Drug Addiction Facts

Teen Drug Rehab CentersThe National Institute on Drug Abuse’s 2010 Monitoring the Future survey polled almost 50,000 eighth, 10th and 12th graders, and found a number of fluctuations in teen drug use. Marijuana use has increased across the board, and approximately 21 percent of all 12th graders reported having used marijuana with a good deal of frequency. Prescription drug abuse has also increased in recent survey years. This includes prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, as well as medications like Adderall. Ecstasy use among eighth graders is also higher than it has been in many years.

Teens are also at risk from alcohol abuse, but MTF has determined that teenage alcohol use has decreased subtly in the last year. This is a very positive sign, as underage drinking has been linked to more than 4,000 deaths each year.

While death is obviously the most serious consequence of drug use, addicts also face difficult and painful health issues.

Health Consequences of Teenage Addiction

While all addicts run the risk of developing health issues, teenagers are especially susceptible to long-term problems. Chronic use of many drugs, including marijuana, can lead to depression. The teenage brain is still developing in many ways, and introduction of substances that lead to chemical imbalances can put them at even greater risk of mood disorders.

Addicts are also at risk of heart damage, liver damage and respiratory failure, depending on the drug and the severity of the addiction. This damage can be prevented and sometimes repaired by receiving proper medical and psychological treatment.

Treatment for Teenage Addicts

Getting addiction treatment can save your life. Changing your habits can improve your health as well as your happiness. As a teenage addict, you may participate in age-specific treatment, as you may find it more comfortable to be with your peers. However, sometimes teens, particularly those 18 or 19 years old, are not as comfortable among younger teens, and can benefit from the same residential rehab and outpatient programs as adults. Support groups and other therapy options are also available for everyone with an addiction.

If you’d like more information about your treatment options, call our hotline. We can help.