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  • Is Kratom a Substitute for Opiates or a Tool For Getting Clean?

    Is Kratom a Substitute for Opiates or a Tool For Getting Clean?

    Opiate abuse is one of the fastest growing and most deadly diseases currently facing the United States. Each year, thousands of people overdose on heroin or prescription opiates, and despite the best efforts of law enforcement and public health officials, opiate addiction continues to be on the steady incline.

  • Recognizing the Signs of Active Alcoholism

    Recognizing the Signs of Active Alcoholism

    Alcoholism is a disease that strikes people of all ages and from all walks of life. Like all addictions, alcohol often leads the person who is suffering from alcoholism to deliberately conceal their alcohol abuse from others. Many loved ones may also not be entirely aware of what constitutes alcoholism, and whether their loved one is truly suffering from alcohol addiction.

  • How valuable is Methadone Treatment to Opioid Addicts?

    How valuable is Methadone Treatment to Opioid Addicts?

    Prescription drug abuse, of opioid painkillers especially, is a very fast rising form of drug addiction, claiming more lives then any other form of preventable death. Even when these prescriptions are not deliberately misused, they can easily become addictive, and often have a long and painful withdraw process.

  • What is Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Aim to Prevent

    What is Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Aim to Prevent

    In an effort to identify instances of prescription drug abuse and reduce the cases of addiction, prescription drug monitoring programs are sharing prescription records with doctors and pharmacists in other states. A prescription drug monitoring program is a statewide electronic database which collects designated data on prescribed substances that are dispensed within the state.

  • Veterans with PTSD More Likely to Be Prescribed Painkillers

    Veterans with PTSD More Likely to Be Prescribed Painkillers

    The men and women who serve in the military may return home as heroes but they are often dealing with a myriad of problems after completing their service. Veterans often must cope with severe pain because of combat-related injuries and mental health problems such as PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Practicing Tough Love with an Alcoholic

    Practicing Tough Love with an Alcoholic

    Seeing someone you really care about in the middle of something as intensely all consuming and harmful as an alcohol addiction can sometimes be excruciatingly painful. A life built around nothing but drinking can brings a lot of harm with it.

  • State of New York Publishes Site to help Struggling Opioid Addicts

    State of New York Publishes Site to help Struggling Opioid Addicts

    The misuse and addiction of opioid painkillers is one of the most rapidly growing and serious drug addiction epidemics to plague the United States. The state of New York, which has the country's third highest population, has not been immune to the problems associated with this ongoing and growing drug problem.

  • The Mental Aspect of Getting Clean and Sober

    The Mental Aspect of Getting Clean and Sober

    Getting sober is an act of total mental transformation. When you are actively using drugs and alcohol, it is easy for your brain to become accustomed to thinking in terms of using and maintaining a constant desire to keep finding and consuming drugs or alcohol.

  • Dealing with Alcohol in the House as an Alcoholic

    Dealing with Alcohol in the House as an Alcoholic

    Once an alcohol leaves their rehab program, they still face many challenges in maintaining their sobriety and continue to struggle to live their alcohol and drug-free lifestyle. If you are an alcoholic and you are moving back home with your family then you will have to take some time discuss the changes you have made with everyone in the household.

  • Benzodiazepine Etizolam Creating a Buzz Amongst Teens

    Benzodiazepine Etizolam Creating a Buzz Amongst Teens

    A new legal research drug known as Etizolam has become a target for the DEA due to its increasing abuse among teens in the U.S. Although the benzodiazepine analog can be dangerous it is currently legal to sell because of the way it is manufactured.

  • Liam Neeson Speaks about His Sobriety While Working on New Movie

    Liam Neeson Speaks about His Sobriety While Working on New Movie

    Newly sober actor Liam Neeson has opened up recently about his decision to quit drinking and the positive effect it has already had on his life. The action star is currently working on his new movie, "Taken 2" the sequel to the popular film that breathed new life into his career.

  • Take a Look at the Psychological Effects of Your Drinking

    Take a Look at the Psychological Effects of Your Drinking

    Alcoholism would not exist unless alcohol produced some "good feelings," or states of being that may seem fun, desirable, or a numbing of unresolved pain. However, a closer look at the psychological effects of drinking paint a much more complex and potentially dangerous picture.

  • Xenoport and NIAAA Collaborating on Alcoholism Treatment

    Xenoport and NIAAA Collaborating on Alcoholism Treatment

    The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse is working in cooperation with the pharmaceutical company Xenoport on a collaborative study that will examine the effectiveness of extended release tablets designed to treat individuals who are addicted to alcohol. This is one of many recent clinical studies that are examining whether certain drugs may be an effective means of helping alcoholics to deal with some of the physiological effects of withdrawing from alcohol.

  • Understanding What Hallucinogens Do to the Brain

    Understanding What Hallucinogens Do to the Brain

    Hallucinogenic drugs like LSD create an immediate effect on the brain and when used frequently enough can also cause long term problems. Hallucinogens work by altering a person's perception of reality at times causing hallucinations or other alterations of the senses.

  • 5 Reasons High Functioning Alcoholics still Find Their Bottom Eventually

    5 Reasons High Functioning Alcoholics still Find Their Bottom Eventually

    There is a stereotype of "alcoholics" that is often untrue and unhelpful, of violent and impoverished people who spend all of their days too drunk to function. The truth is that there are many people, called high functioning alcoholics, with out of control drinking who are nevertheless able to maintain a presentable face to the world, having a life that, to an outsider, looks good.

  • Ultra Potent New Research Chemical Benzo Flubromazepam

    Ultra Potent New Research Chemical Benzo Flubromazepam

    Benzodiazepines are a type of tranquilizer drug that is available as prescription medication but also in the form of research chemicals for experimentation and study. A new benzodiazepine derivative known as Flubromazepam has entered the market recently and is being sold in internet shops as a research chemical.

  • NFL Revises Drug Use Policy

    NFL Revises Drug Use Policy

    Athletes' careers depend on taking care of their bodies, so that they continue to perform well. Yet sometimes, professional players can get so confident in their own abilities and invincibility that they engage in reckless decisions to engage in substance abuse.

  • Why Alcoholism and Anorexia are Common in Young Adults

    Why Alcoholism and Anorexia are Common in Young Adults

    Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by tight control over eating, to the point of avoiding food and an obsession with weight. Alcoholism is characterized by an out-of-control consumption of alcoholic beverages, drinking to the point of getting drunk compulsively.

  • Swedish Dance Club Goes Dry for a Night

    Swedish Dance Club Goes Dry for a Night

    Some people may be aware of how their drinking may be causing problems, for their health and their behavior, but are afraid of the process of recovery, thinking that sobriety will take them out of social settings where they have fun. Other people would not normally be interested in drinking to excess, but may consider it a requirement to be a part of social circles they are attracted to, that involve late night music and dancing.

  • What to Worry About When Detoxing from Alcohol

    What to Worry About When Detoxing from Alcohol

    Entering a treatment center and undergoing the process of detox for the first time can be an intimidating experience, especially if you don't know what to expect. It can help you feel more prepared for the first phase of recovery if you have a better idea of what your body will be going through and the best ways to handle certain situations that can come up.

  • Amanda Bynes Arrested for Suspicion of DUI

    Amanda Bynes Arrested for Suspicion of DUI

    Child actor Amanda Bynes has run into legal trouble yet again after she was arrested on suspicion of a DUI in Sherman Oaks, CA. The young starlet was taken into custody after police arrested her for not being able to pass a field sobriety test.

  • Denial Plays A Substantial Role in Alcoholism

    Denial Plays A Substantial Role in Alcoholism

    Alcoholism is a dangerous and often terrifying disease for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that when a person is addicted to alcohol, they often engage in highly risky behaviors, often blacking out and feeling extremely powerless while drinking.

  • Why is the U.S. 80% of the Worlds Prescription Drug Consumption?

    Why is the U.S. 80% of the Worlds Prescription Drug Consumption?

    Current estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau place U.S. population at around 319 million people, or slightly more then 4 percent of the people on earth. Thus, it is astounding that, according to congregational testimony by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, this one nation results in 80 percent of the consumption of prescription pain killers in the world.

  • Approaching a Person in Active Alcoholism

    Approaching a Person in Active Alcoholism

    When someone close to you is suffering from an addiction, it is never easy to confront them about their behavior and ask them to seek help. For family members and close friends, seeing someone in their life struggle with alcoholism is painful but they may not know what to do to stop it.

  • What You Need To Know About Methadone Maintenance

    What You Need To Know About Methadone Maintenance

    If you have been considering methadone treatment, or if you are an addict who is ready to seek help for your addiction to heroin or opiates, there are a few things you should know about methadone and a methadone maintenance program. Methadone maintenance can be a highly effective way of recovering from addiction, but there are risks inherent to methadone use that you should be aware of before you begin treatment.

  • 5 Ways Treatment Changes Your Perspective

    5 Ways Treatment Changes Your Perspective

    Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is an incredibly transformative experience that changes virtually everything about the way an addict perceives and experiences the world. When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they very frequently find that their priorities shift so that they are entirely consumed with using.

  • Does a Drug Taper Off Help before Detox?

    Does a Drug Taper Off Help before Detox?

    When an addict is ready to stop using drugs, one of the first things they must do is to detox. During detox, an addict, under the support of a medical staff, completely stops using and allows the dangerous drugs to leave their system. 

  • Dealing with Spousal Alcoholism and Addiction

    Dealing with Spousal Alcoholism and Addiction

    People struggling with addiction are not only harming their own bodies and minds, but they are also hurt the people around them and their relationships. Marriage is one relationship that can be especially strained through the pain of addiction, turning a happy home into a nightmare.

  • How to Stay Sober at Music Festivals

    How to Stay Sober at Music Festivals

    Music festivals can be very joyous and fun occasions, providing the opportunity to hear favorite bands and experience community in a new, exciting atmosphere. However, often these festivals are not only about the music itself, but also places for high levels of alcohol and drug use.

  • 5 Tools to Help Keep You Sober

    5 Tools to Help Keep You Sober

    Even after long periods of abstaining from our addictions, staying sober can be a challenge, and there may be periods where it feels like a difficult struggle. However, the truth is that it does not have to be a daily hardship, or feel like more then you can bear.

  • Prevent Substance Abuse by Understanding Drug Slang

    Prevent Substance Abuse by Understanding Drug Slang

    The central way to prevent drug abuse is with responsible education. By cultivating an awareness of what drugs are and the harm they can cause, you can work to prevent what may at first seem like harmless experimentation, but will lead to dangerous, compulsive addiction.

  • Surgery and Pain Medication Use in Recovery

    Surgery and Pain Medication Use in Recovery

    Opioid pain relievers have a very high potential for abuse, and can be very dangerous if taken beyond recommended doses, or for purposes other then their intended use. However, they can also be extremely useful in controlling otherwise unbearable pain, and allowing someone with chronic pain or recovering from extensive surgery to function

  • Painkiller Opana Quickly Rising In Use Around The Nation

    Painkiller Opana Quickly Rising In Use Around The Nation

    Prescription drug use has, for the past several years, been the nation's fastest growing and most dangerous drug epidemic. As deaths and hospitalizations continue to be on the rise in almost every state, legislatures and hospitals are working together to try to find ways to reduce the number of addictions and overdoses due to these dangerous drugs.

  • 5 Tips on Rebuilding Self-Esteem in Recovery

    5 Tips on Rebuilding Self-Esteem in Recovery

    Recovering from an addiction is a long emotional journey that can require a lot of personal growth to get back on track. Addicts most often suffer from issues of low self-esteem because their substance abuse has taken its toll on them psychologically.

  •  Let Your Actions In Sobriety Speak For Themselves

    Let Your Actions In Sobriety Speak For Themselves

    For a recovering addict, becoming sober means finding a whole new outlook on life and behaving completely differently than one did while they were struggling with addiction. This is why sobriety is a lifelong journey and not simply a quick fix.

  • Do Dry Drunks Suffer More In or Out of Recovery

    Do Dry Drunks Suffer More In or Out of Recovery

    There are numerous different aspects of recovering from an addiction and quitting the substance abuse itself is only the first step. Some people in recovery might focus solely on their abstinence but fail to make progress in other areas of their life that also contribute to their disease.

Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone, from any racial or socioeconomic background, male or female, at any age. Certain demographics of the population, who find themselves abusing drugs and alcohol, have a special set of needs in recovery.

One group is teenagers. When the still-developing brain is impacted by mind-altering substances, unique techniques, therapeutic approaches, and areas of focus have proven effective for a teenage addict’s recovery.

A teen program, that can successfully integrate the client’s family, is providing a vitally important piece of treatment. A safe place for families to honestly deal with problems, where the teen has a voice, is heard, and can also listen openly to family members, is priceless in the healing process.

Teenage Substance Abuse: A Growing Problem

Currently, alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, and psychedelics (ecstasy, salvia divinorum, and mushrooms) are the most commonly abused drugs among teenagers, despite the continuous publication of the dangers and potential consequences.

The age of first use of drugs and alcohol, is getting younger and younger. The use of mind-altering substances, like alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogenic mushrooms, LSD, MDMA (or ecstasy), or anything else that alters brain chemistry, is prevalent among the youngest members of our population.

While smoking marijuana once may not seem like a big deal to a thirteen-year-old, the age of first substance use is the single best indicator of substance abuse and addiction later in that person’s life. When any substance is used, including nicotine and caffeine, before the age of 12, the chances of abuse and addiction to any substance is exponentially greater than when use happens after the age of 18. Further, since the brain is not fully developed until approximately age 25, those who do not drink or use any drug before then, rarely progress to any form of chemical dependency at any point in life.

To treat teenagers who have suffered from any of the disorders, issues, or combination of struggles on the list below, special care is important. A family program helps address each individual need, ideally with the inclusion of the most important and influential people in this young person’s life.

  • Alcohol abuse or addiction (alcoholism)
  • Drug addiction (to any mind-altering substance)
  • Depression
  • An eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder)
  • Mental illness (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.)
  • Isolation (social, relational, familial)
  • Legal troubles
  • School problems
  • Peer pressure
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Problems with authority
  • Manipulation and lying
  • Runaways, homeless, orphan

Rates of Teen Drug Use

According to the University of Michigan’s 2013 Monitoring the Future Study, conducted through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), each year, in the United States alone, the following percentages of high school seniors abuse each drug:

  • 36.4% abuse marijuana
  • 7.4% abuse Adderall
  • 5.3% abuse Vicodin
  • 5.0% abuse cough syrup
  • 4.6% abuse tranquilizers (mainly in the form of prescription drugs)
  • 4.5% abuse hallucinogens
  • 4.8% abuse sedatives (mainly in the form of prescription drugs)
  • 3.6% abuse OxyContin
  • 4.0% abuse MDMA or ecstasy
  • 2.5% abuse inhalants
  • 2.6% abuse cocaine
  • 2.3% abuse Ritalin

These percentages add up to millions of only high school seniors who are abusing highly-addictive and life-threatening substances. These statistics do not take into account all other people under the age of 18, or the abuse of alcohol, heroin, and several other prescription drugs.

To stop the use of any mind-altering substances in your teenager, call Recovery Now TV today at 800-281-4731. Life can change. Your teen can choose a substance-free life. Call now!

Adolescent & Teenage Development

The prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain located directly behind the forehead, controls executive functioning and impulse control, and is the part most greatly impacted by drugs and alcohol.

As we all know, major physical, emotional, mental, and psychological changes happen between the ages of 10 and 18, depending upon the person. The process of maturing through puberty is not easy. Hormones are all over the place, new desires and sensations are confusing and awkward, and often times young people feel isolated or separated from society, and from their families.

Through these years of change, the brain is developing and the body is maturing. As the brain slowly develops, from back to front, important parts of the reward/reinforcement pathway are the last to form. The prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain located directly behind the forehead, controls executive functioning and impulse control, and is the part most greatly impacted by drugs and alcohol. When a drug affects this developing area of the brain, telling it that substances are the way to feel pleasure, the still growing brain stores that information as knowledge.

A major consequence of an altered prefrontal cortex is a young person’s inability to control compulsive drug use. Without an established sense of healthy reward/reinforcement, functioning, and impulse control, the choice to continuing abusing substances is much easier than the choice to stop. Anyone with prefrontal cortex impairment is unable to delay gratification, to make and carry out long-term plans, to recognize potential consequences of choices and actions (example: smoking marijuana at a young age could cause permanent and irreversible damage to the developing brain), or to recognize a problem with substances, therefore, living with a strong sense of denial.

Drug and alcohol abuse in adolescent and teenage years is beyond dangerous. If you see a young person in your life using any substance, contact the team at Recovery Now TV to find out how you can intervene to stop the progression.

Call now! 800-281-4731.

Identifying a Problem

A list of signs and symptoms to look for in a teenager can help you identify a problem with substance abuse.

How can a parent, teacher, or other adult recognize a problem with drugs and/or alcohol?

These signs and symptoms of use, abuse, and addiction indicate a problem that needs to be addressed:

  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Missing school
  • Grades dropping
  • Constant runny nose and watery eyes
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain (indicates the abuse of different substances)
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Consistent coughing
  • Changes in clothing choices
  • No longer caring about appearance
  • Wearing inappropriate clothing (offensive images or phrases, wearing long-sleeved shirts when it is hot out, etc.)
  • Changes in friends and social groups
  • Stealing
  • Lying or secretive behavior
  • Loss of appetite or excessive hunger
  • Forgetfulness
  • Disrespectful demeanor and dialogue
  • Money or valuables missing from your home
  • Hostile, aggressive outbursts that are out of character
  • Unusual sleeping habits
  • Visible anxiety or depression
  • Something seeming “off”

If you see any combination of these symptoms, contact Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731. Intervention and treatment can stop recreational drug and alcohol use from progressing to problematic substance abuse and addiction.

Intervention: Stopping Substance Use & Offering Treatment

Interventions are not a one-time, scared-straight technique. Interventions work because they are an effective first step in the road to recovery that requires follow through.

Interventions are designed to help a teen see how loved he or she is, and how destructive the current path of drugs and alcohol will very soon be, if use continues. The design of an intervention is to interrupt the damaging and dangerous behavioral choices, and to offer alternative possibilities. With the help of a trained professional, a treatment program can be introduced to your teenager that will help the substance abusing young person face the consequences in a loving and supportive environment.

Interventions are not a one-time, scared-straight technique. Interventions work because they are an effective first step in the road to recovery that requires follow through. For young people who have been abusing alcohol and various drugs (which include prescription drugs), and who also suffer from a mental illness, an eating disorder, unmanageable anger, aggression, or sadness, chronic feelings of isolation, legal problems, or communication issues, an intervention is a great way to guide him or her toward the treatment that can address and treat each aspect of suffering.

To break the cycle of substance use before major life consequences forever change the life of a young person, call Recovery Now TV today at 800-281-4731.

Treatment for Teenage Substance Abuse & Addiction

Treatment for teenagers is most beneficial when it includes: short-term goals, drug and alcohol education, and constant peer involvement.

Formal rehabilitation services for young people are based on therapeutic methods of guidance, clinical assessment, and medical supervision that combine to treat the mind, body and soul of the troubled teenager, plus his or her family. An effective treatment center employs a medical doctor, a psychologist, and several drug and alcohol counselors, all of whom have many years of experience and expertise in dealing with the specific needs of teenagers, and the established family dynamics.

When a young person chooses treatment, generally during a formal intervention, there are a series of steps that involve various levels of care.

Inpatient Treatment

Following a medically-monitored detoxification program, an inpatient, residential treatment program is recommended for all substance-abusing teens. In this level of care, clients live and receive treatment at the same facility.

The benefits of inpatient treatment are:

  • Twenty-four-hour monitorization
  • Majorly restricted, if not prohibited, ability to leave the facility
  • Access to a member of the treatment team at all times
  • Constant peer involvement
  • No access to drugs or alcohol
  • Involvement in 12 Step programs
  • Ongoing medication management
  • Continuous care for every aspect of recovery

Outpatient Treatment

An outpatient treatment program means that the teenager reports to the licensed facility every day for group and individual meetings, just like in inpatient treatment, but with much more freedom. While a client must hold him or herself more accountable for choices, outpatient treatment provides a way to continue formal care.

Using the coping skills and techniques for recovery learned in inpatient treatment, and while being required to pass random drug screens, outpatient treatment allows a newly sober client to participate in the “real world” with a consistent support system and treatment team in place.

Family Therapy

Family involvement can greatly help a teenager during all stages of treatment. Individual therapy sessions can be scheduled where a client, his or her therapist, and the family who choose to participate, engage in open and honest dialog, with a third-party mediator (the therapist.) Often families want to simply “fix” the alcohol and drug problem without a true understanding of the addiction. As family members are educated and exposed to the reality of substance abuse, common ground can be found, support is offered, and young addicts heal.

An 18-year-old polydrug abuser shares his experience while participating in family therapy while in an inpatient treatment program:

I burnt every bridge that I’ve got with pretty much everybody in my whole life. The family sessions here are helping a little bit, you know. My mom comes in - my stepdad doesn’t want anything to do with me but my mom comes in; we’re working, we’re listening, you know. We’re not just fighting anymore. She’s not yelling at the top of her lungs. I’m not telling her to f*** off anymore. We’re actually working together. It feels good. I might be able to get a life.

Important Aspects of Treatment for Teenagers

A few approaches to treatment are helpful, and needed, for teenagers to make progress in the right direction during substance abuse treatment:

  1. Since chemical use has altered the prefrontal cortex, and the teen’s mindset is present-oriented (not seeing into the future), treatment needs to be focused on setting goals that can be achieved in a short period of time. With daily and weekly goals, for example, a teen can experience the reward and positive reinforcement of a good choice.
  2. Treatment for teens must downplay the benefits of alcohol and drug use. By explaining that the perceived fun and enjoyment of substances is actually more of a fantasy that a reality, a young person’s brain can compute the information and then see the misconceptions that tend to glorify substance use.
  3. Teen drug and alcohol treatment must involve peers. Research shows that teenagers are much more likely to listen to one another than they are to listen to adults. When guidance, support, and honesty can come from peers, teenagers hear it and let it sink in. An effective rehab program for teens needs to include peer process groups that are built into each treatment day.

By calling Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731 today, you can find a set of treatment programs that are best for your teenager’s unique set of circumstances and needs.

Sources:
Coalition Against Drug Abuse
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens
University of Michigan 2013 Monitoring the Future Study
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