How to Help a Teen Suffering from Drug Addiction
The number of teenagers experimenting with drugs has been on a steady high over the last decade and was even more fueled during the pandemic. It has been proven in multiple scientific studies that teens are much more likely to develop addictive habits because their nervous systems are not completely developed. Apart from biological reasons, peer pressure and a steep rise in mental health issues are common reasons teens fall prey to adolescent drug addiction and need teen drug treatment. Given these circumstances, it becomes imperative for parents to have the knowledge and resources required to help teenagers tackle their teenager’s substance abuse. Below is a comprehensive list of steps that parents can take before sending their adolescent to a Los Angeles teen drug rehab.
Identify the signs
Confirm The Drug Use
What to do if they admit to using drugs?
They Might Deny It
Gather relevant information
Once it has been confirmed that your teenager does indeed suffer from a substance addiction issue, it becomes essential to gather the relevant information which will help you as a parent choose the right course of action to assist them on their recovery journey. Leaving all accusatory tones aside, gently inquire about the type of drugs they have been using, the frequency of use, when it began, and what prompted them down this path. Equipped with this information, you will be able to choose the right teen recovery program for them. There are many options to choose from, depending on the severity of the situation. We offer an industry-leading Teen Treatment Program that provides structure, and a disarming environment with individual and group therapy to help your struggling teen. Contact us or read more below to learn more about our other teen treatment programs.
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Seek professional help
Why Key Healthcare?
- Teenage Intensive Outpatient Program: The Teen IOP is ideal for adolescents between the ages of 14-17 years who have faced physical, mental, emotional, and social struggles because of substance abuse. Candidates can take part in treatment from the comfort of their own homes and benefit from community support. It aims to restore physical wellbeing by reversing the bodily damage caused by the drugs while imparting essential information, skills, and resources required by neural pathways in the brain, and emphasizing remaining on the path to sobriety.
- Partial Hospitalization Program: This is a structured treatment program that runs for 8 hours a day for 4 days each week. This option is ideal for candidates capable of minimal functioning without risking their wellbeing or the wellbeing of those around them. Unlike hospital residents, PHP candidates are free to return to their own homes at the end of each treatment session, benefitting from family time, home comfort, and community support.
- Key Housing: Our Los Angeles Teen Sober Living is a structured, transitional aftercare program for teen boys, ages 14-17, who have completed wilderness or primary treatment. The program allows for the freedom and warmth of their home environment while providing accountability and support for teens to implement the skills they’ve learned into their daily lives.
- Residential Treatment Program: This is ideal for candidates who require around the clock support on their drug addiction recovery journey. Adolescents who may pose a threat to themselves or those around them are recommended to opt for this program. It is clinically intensive and focuses on restoring physical wellbeing and functioning, first and foremost.