While no parent wants to admit their child may be at risk of drug abuse and addiction, knowing the statistics, causes and solutions can help empower families.
WHY DO TEENAGERS BECOME ADDICTED?
Transitions in a teenager’s life that may lead to drug use:
- Parents who are getting divorced
- Moving to a new town or state
- Transferring to a new school
- Starting puberty
- Getting to the end of puberty
WHAT ARE TEENS TAKING?
Drugs most commonly abused by teens:
- Synthetic Marijuana
36.4% of illicit drug use by teenagers in marijuana abuse
11.3% of 12th graders admit to trying synthetic marijuana
Adderall Abuse accounts for about 7.6% of teenage drug abuse
About 7.5% of 12th graders have used Vicodin for recreational purposes
COMMON TREATMENT APPROACHES FOR TEENS
The common treatment approaches for teenagers are similar to the approaches used in adult treatment programs. Teens will still receive counseling services, but the topics discussed during the treatment and the method of handling problems are not the same.
Services that are usually offered by the treatment program include:
- Family counseling
- Group therapy
- Individual counseling
- Cognitive-Behavioral therapy
- Alternative treatments