Teen Substance Abuse | Parent Treatment Advocates

There’s a clear benefit to taking medication: you feel better. Whatever ailment you might be experiencing goes away and you can return to a normal level of functioning. If a headache or migraine is keeping you in bed, for instance, you can take a pill designed to take the pain away.

However, there’s a point when relying on medication or other substances to relieve symptoms goes too far and in fact becomes an addiction. For example, when a person wants to calm down and believes that in order to do so medication is necessary, the medication becomes a crutch. The sense of relief, happiness, or relaxation experienced with the medication is not authentic. Finding a sense of calm is not sourced from one’s own power to relax. Read more!

As a parent or caregiver of a teen who is struggling with addiction, you might feel overwhelmed. You might have lost hope about your child’s progress, or even given up, letting your teen make the decisions he or she wants, for better or for worse.

Perhaps instead you have even gotten to a point where you’re considering forcing your child into one of those boot-camp style treatment programs. That kind of environment will help give them a new perspective, you think to yourself. Perhaps a month-long-stay with others struggling to find freedom too will kick your child into gear.

Yet, the truth is, no change will take place unless your teen is ready. No addiction will end unless the desire to change is turned on. Read more!

If you suspect that your teenage child may be abusing drugs or alcohol, you should be very careful about how you confront them with your suspicions. Unfounded accusations about drug abuse can damage your relationship and make your teen feel angry or hurt, while teens who actually are abusing drugs can deny everything if you have no evidence. Finding your teen’s drugs is the most undeniable way to ascertain whether or not they have a problem. Read more!