Every parent worries that their child will fall into unhealthy behavioral patterns. One of the biggest concerns for many parents is that their teenager is using drugs or alcohol. According to the CDC, In 2013 there were approximately 119,000 emergency room visits by persons aged 12 to 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol. Because underage drinking and the use of illicit drugs in teenagers have become more prevalent, it is important to be able to spot the warning signs of drug or alcohol abuse and arm yourself with facts on how to get your child help.
While all of these signs are extremely common in correlation to addiction, they all can individually signify another issue such as mental illness or just plain teenage defiance. If you have noticed some of these symptoms in your child’s behavior and suspect addiction, you should become informed on how to get them help.
Addiction is a serious disease that requires specialized medical attention by trained professionals. Coming off of drugs or alcohol can pose many new medical issues, so finding a good treatment center is imperative to your child’s safety.
Types of treatment:
Each of these types of treatment can be utilized either alone or in correspondence with each other. Finding a treatment center that fits your child’s needs is extremely important in assuring long-term sobriety. Getting sober is not easy, especially when you are at the developmental stage of your life. In order to ensure your teenager gets the best treatment possible, it is imperative that you research a treatment center extensively before enrolling your child.
Recovery is possible for your child and for you. Families are affected by their loved one’s addiction as well. Seek out a local support group for people who have been affected by the residual effects of their loved one’s drug/alcohol abuse.
Guest blog post by Kailey Fitzgerald
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