Smoking, drinking, marijuana and prescription drug abuse are prevalent among teens. All of these drugs harm the mind, body and can also lead to horrible and potentially lethal future diseases.
You might be terrified that your teen is developing habits that will remain forever. Knowing how destructive and avoidable these abuses are, much must be done to help teens kick the habit before it’s too late.
Teen rehab centers
Rehab centers can be found specializing in teen drug treatment.
Given the fact that teens often have a poorer risk assessment ability than their parents, since teens are often experiencing hormonal changes that make it difficult to control themselves and since many teens are stuck in identity crisis’, these rehabilitation centers understand that extra care often must be taken in order to help teens through their addictions.
But drug rehab centers might cost more money than you can afford. You might instead decide that you want to take matters into your own hands. Fortunately, there are things that you can do as a parent in order to help your teen kick the habit.
How do I know that my teen is misusing drugs?
Teens who are abusing drugs often start to let themselves go by neglecting hygiene, letting their grades slip and not showing up for school. Teens on drugs often change suddenly in behavior by showing:
- Violent outbursts
- Poor self-esteem
- Depression, withdrawal and apathy
- Irresponsible behavior
- Deception and lying
- Verbal abuse
You might notice physical changes in your teen like:
- Frequent eyewash usage
- Sudden weight loss
- Slurred speech
- Unusual skin conditions
- Strange smelling breath
- Glassy or red eyes
Other signs of drug abuse include: disappearing possessions, new friends, a lack of regard for consequences and the future and the possession of drug paraphernalia.
What other options are there besides throwing my teen in rehab?
The most often recommended way of keeping your teen off drugs is to communicate with your teen. Come to understand your teen and find ways to talk with your teen through his or her problems.
Listen to what your teen says about his or her emotions. Use the talking cure. Your teen needs to understand that you care about him or her and that you want safety and happiness for everyone in the family.
If your kid is already smoking and wants to stop, do everything you can to help your teen out.
Buy your teen the patch or nicotine gum. There are quit smoking pills like Chantix. Chantix has been found to help one in five smokers quit smoking.
The purpose of this drug is to make smoking unappealing and to also ease the withdrawal symptoms that come from smoking. There is also a pill that helps teens and adults alike who are alcoholics.
A recent clinical study found that Topamax caused 24% more alcoholics to quit drinking than the control group. These drugs could serve as great weapons against teen drug abuse.
More teen drug abuse treatment centers are needed to effectively address the growing problem of teen drug addiction.