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  • Why Escapism is So Attractive to Addicts

    Why Escapism is So Attractive to Addicts

    There are a myriad of factors that can contribute to the development of addiction and some of them are unavoidable such as genetic and psychological vulnerability. However, one of the reasons people begin to drink or use drugs is that their substance abuse serves as a method of escape from reality.

  • Is There Such A Thing As 'Managing Your Drug Use' As An Addict?

    Is There Such A Thing As 'Managing Your Drug Use' As An Addict?

    Addiction is a complex problem of physical and psychological dependence that seems to affect only certain individuals who are vulnerable. For many people who are not vulnerable to addiction, it is possible for them to have minimal contact with drugs or alcohol without losing control and being unable to stop.

  • The Risks of Prescription Treatment for Drug Addiction

    The Risks of Prescription Treatment for Drug Addiction

    Traditional methods of treating alcohol or drug addiction usually take place in recovery programs that focus on psychosocial treatment. Addiction treatment has evolved over time and the most common approaches involve detoxification and abstinence, individual and group counseling and, in many cases, a twelve step or other form of support group.

  • A True Definition of Relapse

    A True Definition of Relapse

    Addiction is a disease that stays with a person for life and is never fully cured but only managed as best as possible. That is why relapse is such a common issue that addicts have to be aware of at all times when they are getting through the initial phases of recovery.

  • Is Mixing Methadone With Other Substances Recovery Russian Roulette?

    Is Mixing Methadone With Other Substances Recovery Russian Roulette?

    One of the available treatments for people suffering from opoid addiction is the use of methadone, a prescription medication that has been in use since the 60s. Using methadone as a means to recover from heroin or painkiller addiction remains a controversial subject because of the many risks involved in using medication as a replacement drug.

  • The Link Between PTSD and Drug Addiction

    The Link Between PTSD and Drug Addiction

    Post traumatic stress disorder and drug addiction have a high rate of comorbitity, which means occurring at the same time. In Vietnam veterans, between 60 to 80 percent of those seeking treatment for PTSD also meet the criteria for substance abuse. In the general population, around 30 percent of PTSD sufferers develop drug dependence, and 50 percent develop alcohol dependence.

  • Why Teen Culture Is Driven By Drug Use

    Why Teen Culture Is Driven By Drug Use

    Teenagers have long had a reputation of using and abusing drugs. Certain elements of youth culture seem to be driven by drug use. However, the relationship is actually more cyclical, where teen culture both drives and is driven by drug use.

  • Mutated Worm Fights Alcohol Intoxication

    Mutated Worm Fights Alcohol Intoxication

    New research has discovered a certain mutated species of worm that could prove instrumental in the fight against alcoholism. Scientists at the University of Texas in Austin have discovered that by inserting a "modified human alcohol target" into the worm they are able to make it immune to the intoxicating effects of alcohol.

  • Shia LeBeouf Reaches Out For Help with Alcoholism

    Shia LeBeouf Reaches Out For Help with Alcoholism

    The star of the popular film "Transformers", Shia LeBeouf has admitted that he is receiving treatment for alcohol abuse although he has not yet entered a rehab facility. In spite of false reports stating that the actor entered rehabilitation, LeBeouf's representatives have stated that he is receiving treatment for alcohol abuse but not through an inpatient treatment center.

  • Naloxone Hydrochloride Approved: Relieves Pain And Is Harder To Abuse

    Naloxone Hydrochloride Approved: Relieves Pain And Is Harder To Abuse

    Prescription pain medication is one of the most widely abused substances in America, third behind alcohol and marijuana. About 4.8 million Americans have abused pain medication in the past month, according to the latest data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • NHL's Rich Clune Talks Alcoholism and His Sobriety

    NHL's Rich Clune Talks Alcoholism and His Sobriety

    Hockey star, Rich Clune of the Nashville Predators has recently opened up about his recovery from alcoholism and how it changed his life for the better. Clune is one of the few NHL players to admit to his alcohol problem while still in the league and although a controversial confession he wants to get the word out about recovering from alcoholism.

  • Can Treating Patients While Hospitalized Increase Success Rate For Recovery?

    Can Treating Patients While Hospitalized Increase Success Rate For Recovery?

    There is no question that one of the most significant events that can lead an addict to seek sobriety is hitting "rock bottom,". Rock bottom refers to the point in time when an addict's addiction causes some kind of event or condition that is so severe that an addict realizes they they must seek help if they are going to continue to live. Hitting rock bottom is generally a very unpleasant and scary place, but for many addicts, this is the only way to get some clarity about the importance of seeking help.

  • Does Senator Markey's Plan Help Or Hurt Heroin Addicts?

    Does Senator Markey's Plan Help Or Hurt Heroin Addicts?

    Heroin addiction is a growing problem in America. Many experts believe that the cause of the rise in addiction is due to an increase in prescription medication abuse. The second most commonly abused illicit drug, behind marijuana, is prescription medication, especially prescription opioid pain medication.

  • How To Get Off Suboxone

    How To Get Off Suboxone

    Recovering from heroin is no easy feat. Heroin is an extremely addictive and powerful drug, and when an addict stops using, they very frequently experience symptoms that are highly unpleasant. These symptoms, known as withdrawal symptoms, occur because the brains' reward centers send messages to the brain to trigger unpleasant sensations when the brain does not receive the substance they are addicted to.

  • The Process Of Rapid Detox With Naltrexone

    The Process Of Rapid Detox With Naltrexone

    One of the first and most important steps any addict must take when they are prepared to get clean and sober is to detox from the drug that they are addicted to. The process of detoxing is generally very physically uncomfortable and leads to what is known as withdrawal symptoms.

  • Is Silicon Valley Slipping Into A Drug Fueled Work Culture?

    Is Silicon Valley Slipping Into A Drug Fueled Work Culture?

    There are few sectors of the economy that are growing as quickly and enjoying more profits than in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley, the "motherland" of the tech industry is an area that is notable for not only the large numbers of majorly profitable developments that emerge from it, but also because of the fact that so many of the men and women benefitting from the tech boom are very young and very ambitious.

  • Recovery Community Starting To Show Up In Force At Music Festivals

    Recovery Community Starting To Show Up In Force At Music Festivals

    Music festivals have long been a mainstay of American popular culture. They offer a great way for music lovers to see some of their favorite artists all at one event. The festivals also boast a wonderful chance for music lovers from all walks of life to meet other people with similar tastes and to enjoy the experience of listening to music in a beautiful outdoor setting.

  • The Cognitive Recovery of an Alcoholic

    The Cognitive Recovery of an Alcoholic

    Excessive alcohol consumption over a long period of time is known to cause significant brain damage and even cognitive illnesses such as dementia. People that suffer from alcoholism tend to experience the worst consequences of alcohol on the brain and may show serious cognitive impairment.

  • Does Kombucha Present a Threat To Alcoholics In Recovery?

    Does Kombucha Present a Threat To Alcoholics In Recovery?

    Kombucha is a beverage that has grown in popularity over the last several years. Hailed by many as a health miracle, kombucha is a probiotic that is made of fermented mushrooms. Many people regularly drink the beverage as part of a health regimen because of the fact that it may aid in digestion and help with things like headaches and skin clarity.

  • The Stages of Recovery for an Alcoholic

    The Stages of Recovery for an Alcoholic

    Once a person struggling with addiction makes the decision to enter recovery, they must face a long and often difficult journey. Recovery does not happen overnight and everyone experiences the process differently depending on their background and the severity of addiction.

  • Breaking Down Gender Specific Challenges for Women in Addiction Treatment

    Breaking Down Gender Specific Challenges for Women in Addiction Treatment

    Women and men are different in more than just biological ways. The differences between men and women can affect the way they communicate and connect with one another. Because women have certain psychological differences than men, their specific needs can bring up issues when they are receiving addiction treatment.

  • Where to Turn When Your Solution of Alcohol Stops Working

    Where to Turn When Your Solution of Alcohol Stops Working

    When life gets overwhelming people often look to drinking as their stress reliever and consume alcohol as an escape from their problems. Drinking becomes a cycle as they look for temporary relief but never quite resolve what is bothering them.

  • 5 Most Dangerous Places For A Person In Recovery

    5 Most Dangerous Places For A Person In Recovery

    Avoiding relapse can be difficult, especially during early recovery. When a person has undergone treatment for drug or alcohol abuse or addiction, then he or she should be careful about the environments in which he or she resides to avoid temptation and relapse.

  • British Think Tank Proposing Alcohol Tax Dedicated to Funding Rehab

    British Think Tank Proposing Alcohol Tax Dedicated to Funding Rehab

    Alcohol abuse and addiction is a serious problem around the world, and alcohol causes 3.3 million deaths every year around the world. Alcohol is not the only substance abuse problem, with about 15.3 million people suffering from drug use disorders around the world.

  • The Correlation of Alcohol Abuse and Depression

    The Correlation of Alcohol Abuse and Depression

    Alcoholism is a disease that is complex and often difficult to treat because of the fact that it can have so many causes. When a person is addicted to alcohol, their brain's reward center becomes so accustomed to receiving the pleasurable feelings associated with consuming alcohol that the brain becomes entirely fixated on drinking.

  • Changing Denial Into Rational Thought

    Changing Denial Into Rational Thought

    Denial is one of the biggest impediments to overcoming addiction. In order to seek treatment, a person must admit that there is a problem. Too often, drug addicts and alcoholics get stuck believing that they do not have a problem; that they can stop any time they want, rather than recognizing that they need help to overcome a drinking or drug abuse problem.

  • 5 Truths Learned In Treatment

    5 Truths Learned In Treatment

    Many of the elements of an addiction treatment program focus on looking inwards to learn more about oneself. Therefore, when you undergo a treatment programs, you typically learn important truths about yourself, and life.

  • 5 Truths Learned In Treatment

    5 Truths Learned In Treatment

    Many of the elements of an addiction treatment program focus on looking inwards to learn more about oneself. Therefore, when you undergo a treatment programs, you typically learn important truths about yourself, and life.

  • The Truth about the Difficulties of Teen Sobriety

    The Truth about the Difficulties of Teen Sobriety

     Adolescence is the period of time when children under the age of 18 are most likely to start experimenting with drugs or alcohol. Although parents may encourage young teens to stay sober, it may be hard for them to avoid temptation in their social environment.

  • My Chemical Romance Frontman Gerard Way Talks Openly About His Relapse

    My Chemical Romance Frontman Gerard Way Talks Openly About His Relapse

    Rock stars and musicians are infamous for having drug and alcohol problems, which is one of the reasons behind the famous mantra "sex, drugs and rock and roll." However, musicians are not the only celebrities to make headlines due to their drug or alcohol abuse, a stint in rehab, or even a death caused by drugs or alcohol.

  • 5 Ways To Avoid Depression In Recovery

    5 Ways To Avoid Depression In Recovery

    It is not uncommon for people recovering from addiction to deal with some symptoms of depression and anxiety as they go through the early phases of rehab. In a lot of cases, substance abuse becomes a way for an addict to escape from existing problems with depression and abstaining from alcohol and drug use can make their symptoms come back worse than ever before.

  • Can Binge Drinking Be Reduced By Stringent Alcohol Laws?

    Can Binge Drinking Be Reduced By Stringent Alcohol Laws?

    Alcohol abuse is a serious problem that poses a very real threat to minors each year. Annually, 4,300 minors die from alcohol related causes, and countless others suffer serious injury or other major problems as a result of their excessive drinking.

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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