Teen / Adolescent Addiction Treatment.
Alcoholism and drug addiction (substance abuse disorder) is dramatically growing among young teens and adolescents. With street drugs being more readily available and with the advent of synthetic drugs (research chemicals), we have seen a sharp increase in adolescents who are full blown drug addicts. The synthetic drugs I’m talking about are spice, bath salts, kratom, molly, krocidile, and many more new ones that are hitting the market.
Adolescent drug addiction and alcoholism is a little trickier than adult addiction/alcoholism, and for obvious reasons. There’s the fact that the brain of an adolescent is still forming, so logical decision-making skills are not fully developed. This spells out making decisions that are not in line with their best interest. Then there is the emotional state of the adolescent. More often than not, adolescent addicts start using when they are very young, usually around 12 or 13. Most of the time they start using to solve their self-esteem issues or so they can fit in and be liked by other peers.
We all remember being that age, where our friends matter more than anything else, and for most adolescents, the desire to be cool and popular is also at the forefront of the mind. This is when we begin to compare our insides to others well-composed outsides and usually come up short. This is also the age when an underlying co-concurring disorder could emerge, which can make life very difficult for the teen who begins to go through something they have no experience in and have no idea why it’s happening to them.
The page on clinical depressing goes into depth on what can happen when a co-concurring disorder is coupled with drinking and drug use. Either way, they begin using alcohol or drugs to solve their problems, and in turn, alcohol and drugs become their solution to their problems. It has been stated that when someone starts drinking and using to solve their problems, at that moment, they stop maturing emotionally. When they fail at something in school or in their personal life, when they have a relationship or friendship end, when they have troubles at home, etc… they use alcohol or drugs to deal with these issues rather then move through them, not blurring the edges, and learning how to deal with life’s struggles.
There is a positive to the addict/alcoholic being a teen or adolescent. The positive is that they have not solidified their negative habits as long as adult addict/alcoholic. With the right treatment center that specializes in adolescent treatment, these negative habits involving thoughts and actions can be moved to the side and replaced with better, more positive habits fairly easily. The other hurdle in adolescent addiction and alcoholism is the idea of fun.
The adolescent will think that their life as they know it will be over once they get sober and will never have fun again. Again, with the right treatment center that specializes in adolescent treatment, this hurdle can be overcome. Fun is a subjective word which we all have our own connotative definition, but that definition can be changed. There are aspects of the recovery process that can help show an adolescent how to have fun in sobriety and most of the time with that hurdle overcome, long-term recovery becomes more desirable. In conclusion, adolescent recovery is possible and is a growing aspect of the larger sober community. Treatment is usually the beginning of an adolescents’ journey in recovery, so let’s be sure that they get into the right place.