When Does Your Child Need Help?

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When Does Your Child Need Help? Addiction Treatment
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Rehab is sought by teens and their parents for a variety of reasons.

Perhaps a young student who once excelled in math and soccer is now missing obligations on a weekly basis. His priorities have shifted – he now solely focuses on getting high, as opposed to following through with his obligations. The young girl, for example, was once extroverted and friendly. After falling privy to early alcoholism, her moods have taken a turn for the worst. Family members experience the brunt of her irritability, depression and agitation. Her parents begin to grow concerned after she misses curfew and lies about her whereabouts.

Deciding Whether or Not Your Teen Needs Rehab

It can be difficult for parents to make the decision as to whether or not their teen truly needs a teen drug rehab.

The best way to go about making the decision is to evaluate whether the drug or alcohol problem is interfering with the teen’s daily functioning. Is the teen consistently breaking promises, missing classes and getting into legal trouble as a result of drinking? Is the teenage daughter engaging in promiscuous, unprotected sex as a byproduct of excessive alcohol consumption? Does she promise not to drink this weekend yet you find her with a hangover on Sunday morning? When alcoholism is present in teens, the pressure mounts. Peer pressure, the need to fit in, academics and athletics can constitute an unbearable weight to bear in the eyes of a teen. Alcohol represents a temporary solution to a deep-seated problem. Your teen may be the kindest soul  but that does not mean he is immune to alcoholism. Be extra cautious if your teen comes from a line of alcoholics or drug addicts, as the disease has a genetic component.

Checklist of Indicators that They May Need Treatment

Specifically what questions should you ask yourself before making the decision to send your teen to rehab? If you answer yes to the majority of these questions, your teen would almost certainly benefit from attending an inpatient rehab center.

  • The teen stops being as punctual as usual, chores are left undone and responsibilities are pushed aside in the interest of drinking or drugging.
  • Drug or alcohol paraphernalia has been found hidden in the teen’s room on more than one occasion.
  • In the case of drug addiction, opiates, sedatives, and benzodiapines have been unexplainably disappearing from the family medicine cabinets.
  • The teen exhibits a decreased investment in personal hygiene.
  • Mood changes have occurred; the teen has either become aggressive, hostile, withdrawn or irritable; perhaps the teen is shifting between manic and depressant phases, alternating between periods of exuberance and energy to periods of depression, sadness and apathy.
  • The teen’s group of friends includes other teenagers or older acquaintances who admire the druggy, hippy lifestyle. The teen’s friends version of what is cool includes excessive partying and pill popping, for example.
  • The teen is showing little interest in family activities and frequently isolates in his or her room, reticent to come out and spend quality time with others.
  • The teen’s physical health is compromised as a result of drinking or drugging – e.g., the athletic teenage daughter begins to put on weight and has stopped exercising; when coming down from alcohol and drugs she binges on greasy, fattening foods and then tries to sleep off the latest binge.
  • The teen sleeps too late or doesn’t sleep nearly enough.
  • The teen exudes a disposition riddled with irritability and defensiveness when the possibility of a substance abuse problem surfaces within a conversation among concerned family members.
  • Keep in mind that alcoholism and addiction crosses demographic lines and do not discriminate against any particular race, ethnicity or age group. Although virtually anyone who drinks alcohol undertakes the possibility of becoming an alcoholic, certain genetic predisposing factors and environmental factors play a role in determining who will become an alcoholic and who will escape its clutches.

Dependent upon the circumstances, adolescents as young as 12 and 13 are sent to inpatient treatment by concerned family members. Studies reflect the fact that inpatient treatment raises the teen’s chances of sustaining long-term sobriety, regardless of the state of mind in which the teen entered rehab. For instance, some teens may be averse to seeking treatment and enter the premises kicking and screaming. Following the teen’s drug treatment discharge date, the benefits gained will be reflected in the teen’s demeanor, actions and sense of gratitude. Thus, parents of alcoholic teens need not be too concerned if the teen refuses to exert willingness in embracing the concept of treatment. Outcomes tend to be positive regardless of the mindset of the addict upon entering. If one feels as though the aforementioned symptoms apply, one should consider seeking treatment for teen alcoholism treatment.

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