Posted on October 30, 2017 in Teen Substance Abuse

Meth Addiction in Teens

As adults, we may take for granted the knowledge that meth is a dangerous, highly addictive and damaging drug. But teens are not always aware of the dangers and may try meth if offered it.

Many parents warn their children to never take even a single puff of a cigarette due to nicotine’s addictive power. If you have had a similar conversation with your teenager, say the same about meth. Impress upon your son or daughter that meth does not give second chances. It quickly deteriorates brain function, even to the point of giving teenagers Alzheimer-like symptoms. Research even shows that teens’ brains are more severely affected by meth than adults’ brains.

There is no high in the world worth the side effects of meth.

Signs of a Meth Addiction

Meth addiction causes some telltale signs. Be on the lookout for the following symptoms in your teen:

  • Tooth decay
  • Dry mouth
  • Burns on lips
  • Rapid, unhealthy weight loss or anorexia
  • Memory loss
  • Social withdrawal
  • Depression
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Aggression
  • Talk of or preoccupation with suicide

Getting Help for Meth Addiction in Teens

Although meth addiction is very serious and damaging, all hope is not lost. It is possible to overcome a meth addiction. The sooner it happens, the better. The body (and even the brain) has an extraordinary ability to heal, especially at a young age. Meth addiction causes a crash or withdrawal when users quit, and it’s best for your teen to be in a rehab environment for full medical attention and support. You can call us today for a confidential consultation to discuss your additional options for recovery.

There is much more to your teen than his or her meth addiction, and there are years of joy and life to be experienced. For the best chance at recovery success, seek professional help rather than trying to go it alone.

Resources

https://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com/addiction-resources/drug-addiction-resources/recognizing-meth-addict-symptoms-signs-recovery/
https://www.promises.com/articles/what-are-the-effects-of-meth-on-the-brain/

 

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