Teen Treatment

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Posted on October 5, 2017 in Adolescents, Teen Treatment

Teen Treatment Centers: When to Enroll Your Son or Daughter

According to the 2016 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, rates of teenage drug and alcohol use are on an encouraging decline. However, any substance use by adolescents is too much. The most recent results from the MTF survey reveal that past-year use of illicit drugs other than marijuana stood at 5.4% of 8th-graders, 9.8% of 10th-graders, and 14.3% of 12th-graders, the lowest level in the history of the survey in all three grades. While this is good news indeed, it is no reason to take our eye off the ball when it comes to drug treatment for this age group. As a parent, how do you know when it’s time to enroll your child in a teen treatment center?

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Posted on June 12, 2017 in Teen Drug Addiction, Teen Substance Abuse, Teen Treatment, Teens

Intervention Would Have Prevented All Young Teen Overdose Deaths in Virginia

In a newly released full report, Virginia’s Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) found that 26 teen overdose deaths that occurred in the state between 2009 and 2013 were fully preventable. The state’s CFRT studied the issue in response to the increase in overdose deaths throughout the state and across age groups. The number of deaths caused by poisoning or overdose in Virginia increased by 13% from 2012 to 2013. In addition to the findings that the teen deaths were preventable, CFRT also discovered risk factors and other important facts.

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Posted on May 30, 2017 in Teen Drug Addiction, Teen Substance Abuse, Teen Treatment, Teens

Young Children’s Exposure to Marijuana Is Skyrocketing

Researchers from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital have recently discovered that the number of children younger than 6 years old exposed to marijuana is rising. Results from their study, published online in the journal Clinical Pediatrics in June 2015, showed a 147.5% increase in marijuana exposure among those under the age of 6 between 2006 and 2013. That rate soared almost 610% during the same time period in states that have legalized the drug for medical purposes.

Additionally, researchers found that the exposure rate in the states that legalized marijuana between 2000 and 2013 rose nearly 16% per year after the legalization. They also spotted a significant jump the year legalization took place. Even the states in which marijuana remained illegal by 2013 showed an increase of 63% among the rate of exposed children 2000 to 2013.

“The high percentage of ingestion in children may be related to the popularity of marijuana brownies, cookies and other foods,” Henry Spiller, MS, DABAT, a co-author of the study and director of the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital said in a news release. “Very young children explore their environments by putting items in their mouths, and foods such as brownies and cookies are attractive.”   

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Posted on May 18, 2017 in Teen Drinking, Teen Mental Health, Teen Treatment

Bicultural Stress and Drinking in Hispanic Immigrant Teens

Immigrating to the U.S. is the dream of many people throughout the Hispanic world, but once arrived, immigrants often struggle. Hispanic immigrants, especially young people, face a lot of pressures and difficulties in this country. For adolescents, the pressure of bicultural stress can be overwhelming. They face pressure from their parents and other older relatives to remember their heritage, and yet they also feel immense pressure to fit in with their new American peers. Recent research shows that, unsurprisingly, this stress can lead to an increased risk of substance abuse.

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Many Teens Need Substance Abuse Rehab, Few Get It

Posted on May 6, 2014 in Teen Treatment

Many Teens Need Substance Abuse Rehab, Few Get It

According to an extensive 2008 study, teens ages 12 to 17 showed the highest percent of drug use with just over 60 percent surveyed saying they had a dependence issue with an illicit drug. The 18 to 25 age group reported a dependence rate of 37 percent while people 26 and older were dependent at a rate near 25 percent.

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Posted on March 19, 2014 in Teen Treatment

Teens Benefit From Group Therapy

Nearly a quarter of Americans between the ages of eight and 15 have experienced a mental health disorder over the previous year. These disorders can result in substance use or additional mental health diagnoses. A new study suggests group therapy can make the difference for teens.

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Posted on February 18, 2014 in Teen Treatment

Youth Engagement Raises Positive Outcomes for Teens

Because education is about more than reading, writing and arithmetic, most schools and communities offer extra-curricular activities to complement learning and test-taking. This kind of activity is referred to as youth engagement, which has been shown to help teens avoid negative pitfalls while experiencing positive outcomes.

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Clues Your Teen May Need Residential Addiction Treatment

Posted on January 6, 2014 in Teen Treatment

Does Your Teen Need Residential Addiction Treatment?

Teenagers are in a turbulent life phase.  There are many normal developmental reasons why teens change how they dress, speak and behave.  But teenagers are also at risk for substance experimentation which could lead to addiction. That’s why it is important for parents to be on the lookout for any clues indicating something may be wrong with their teen.

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Posted on September 24, 2012 in Teen Treatment

A Parent’s Role in Adolescent Addiction

Everywhere they look—television, billboards, magazines, the Internet, and the radio—adolescents see messages about alcohol, sex, drugs. According to The Journal of Adolescent Health, “those brands with higher youth-to-adult viewership ratios were significantly more likely to have a higher percentage of occurrences with addiction.” That means the things adolescents see in their everyday lives may negatively affect their behavior. More than one third of American teenagers are turning to alcohol or drugs: 32 percent saying they drink, 19 percent saying they use drugs, and 15 percent saying they do both. That can leave a parent feeling hopeless and out of control. So what can parents do to help?

Become a careful observer of red flags

The first step to any recovery is to become a careful observer of adolescents’ behavior, particularly the small details that make up their lives: changes in friends, sleep patterns, grades, moods, judgement, personality. Be careful not to jump to conclusions because adolescents’ addiction chemically alters their brains, so they are not always ready to hear what parents have to say. Create a nurturing home environment so teens will still receive the love and support they need and feel their parents are trustworthy. This is the time to listen to them and make a sincere effort to hear what they are going through and how it got to this point.

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