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Addiction Treatment for Teenagers

No parent thinks that the child they rocked to sleep as a baby will ever become addicted to drugs or alcohol. However, it does happen, and if you find yourself dealing with a child that has a substance abuse issue, you should consider addiction treatment for teenagers. Before you put your child into such a program, though, you should learn what they are, how they work, and how to complete them. Here are some questions about addiction treatment for teenagers.

Q: How does rehabilitation for teenagers differ from that for adults?

A. Whether it's for an adult or a teen, rehab has but one focus: to help patients stay off of alcohol and drugs and to provide the skills they will need to be healthy and sober.

The treatment methods offered by teen rehabilitation centers can differ greatly. Frequently, one of the biggest challenges in the treatment of teen substance abuse issues is to get the teen to realize they do have a problem. Most teenagers haven't actually "hit rock bottom" like adult addicts have. What's more, teen rehabs offer education help because many of their patients are still to graduate high school. They offer GED assistance and tutoring, so there's one less source of frustration for the young addict.

Q: How does addiction treatment for teenagers work?

A: As is the case with rehab for adults, teen rehab begins with a detox treatment, where the substance works its way out of the patient's system. This is the case especially in residential rehab settings, and detox is followed by a stay of anywhere from thirty to ninety days in a rehab center.

During rehabilitation, your teenager is provided with both group and individual therapy, as well as family therapy that will pinpoint any issues that may be encouraging the addiction.

Q: How will I really know if my teenager needs it?

A: Adolescents can be sullen and moody (and that's on a good day!) so finding out if they have a problem with drugs can be difficult if not impossible.

However, there are a few signs you can look for, such as a lack of interest in their appearance or activities they used to enjoy, sudden and severe weight loss, outbursts of rage/sudden mood swings, and physical signs such as needle tracks on their arms and legs. There are other signs to look for as well, but they will vary depending on the situation. If you think your teenager has a problem with alcohol or drugs, you should get professional help for them as soon as possible.