Teen Opioid Abuse Treatment in Los Angeles
Understanding Teen Opioid Abuse
Most Common Opioids Abused by Teens
Causes of Teen Opioid Addiction
How Does Teenage Opioid Addiction Occur?
The question about teenage opioid addiction has remained a mystery. However, the dependence can be explained as an effect of the body’s tolerance to the chemical substances of drugs. If your teen is showing signs of addiction, it may be time to explore programs for out of control teens. When a teenager takes opiates, the body reacts accordingly. Long-term use of opioids interrupts the Mu receptors in the brain, leading to tolerance meaning teens must take a larger dose to achieve the same effects. Over time, the body becomes dependent on opioids. Addiction to opioids negatively affects teenagers and makes it difficult for them to quit. Trying to stop taking opioids can lead to withdrawal symptoms or relapse. Addiction to opioids also increases the risk of overdose as teens are taking large amounts of the drugs.
Teen Opioid Addicton Signs
Signs of Opioid Abuse and Addiction in Teens
Teens may become more irritable and have sudden outbursts of anger or sadness. They may also be more easily agitated or have difficulty concentrating on tasks.
Teens may experience rapid weight loss due to decreased appetite or forgetting to eat for long periods of time while high.
Teens may be more secretive about their activities and whereabouts or lie about them. They may also start to spend a lot of time alone or in private areas.
Also known as pinpoint pupils, opioid use can cause the pupils of the eyes to become constricted (smaller) due to changes in the parasympathetic system.
CHANGES IN FRIENDS
Teens may start to spend time with different friends than they used to. They may start hanging out with older people, or those who are known to abuse opioids.
Teens may start to steal or borrow money in order to buy opioids. They may also be selling their personal items in order to get money for drugs.
Teen Opioid Addiction Treatment by Key Healthcare
Teen Opioid Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles, CA
Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)
Our outpatient treatment for teens opioid addiction takes place 9 hours per week over the course of 4-12 weeks. Your teen will participate in therapy sessions that help them work through the reasons for their opioid abuse.
Partial Hospitalization Treatment (PHP)
Our PHP treatment for teens opioid addiction takes place 8 hours per day, 5 days a week, for 3-4 weeks. Teens will attend therapy sessions where they will develop the coping skills needed to stop abuse of opioids and treat underlying mental health issues.
Teen Residential Treatment Program
Our male-only extended care treatment for teens opioid addiction is a combination of our partial hospitalization program and sober living. Your teen will have around the clock support to treat all mental health and substance abuse issues related to his opioid use.
Individual and Group Therapy
We utilize a variety of individual adolescent therapies and teen group counseling to treat mental health conditions and dual diagnosis opioid abuse including cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior, and acceptance and commitment therapy. During sessions, teens will learn coping skills and how to process their emotions.