Substance Abuse Rehab – Finding Help & a Treatment Program

Teen Substance Abuse

Teen substance abuse is sadly not uncommon in today’s age. Teens do no not have the responsibility level to understand the danger of experimenting with alcohol and drugs. Many will try alcohol or drugs to just fit in, in other words peer pressure. Others try them because they see their parents using them and do not realize the possible consequences; addiction and even death. The average age when youth first try alcohol is 11 years for boys and 13 years for girls. Once they get past the “fear” of trying alcohol, it is not long before they are open to marijuana and then harder drugs. Normally the first drink they take was gotten out of the parents’ liquor cabinet. It is even more likely at parties or even family reunions where the adults are not keeping close tabs; the teen will sneak off with some alcohol.

The average age at which teens start drinking is 15.9 years old. This is truly frightening due to the fact that many will be getting their drivers license in the near future. This is where parents need to have already started educating their children regarding the dangers of alcohol and drugs. If a child/teenager understands the consequences it then increases the chances that they will think twice before imbibing in either.

Teenagers who begin drinking are five times more likely to develop an alcohol or drug dependence than those who start drinking at age 21. Those who begin at age 21 are more mature and are more likely to make up their own mind regarding alcohol and drugs and not be swayed by peer pressure. Once again having been educated regarding drugs and alcohol at an early age decreases their chance of having gotten caught in the trap of teen substance abuse.

It has been estimated that over three million teenagers are out-and-out alcoholics. Several million more have a serious drinking problem that they cannot handle on their own. This is where the parents need to step in and find the help their teen needs to get off the track of addiction. There is no good end result if the teen substance abuse is left unhandled. No parents want to see their teen become an addict or worse case lose their life to something that was preventable.

If you believe your child has teen substance abuse issues begin educating yourself about addiction, the cause, effect and solutions. Talk with your teen, not at them and listen to what they have to say regarding alcohol and drugs. Answer their questions to the best of your ability and if you do not have an answer for them, research it together. Last but not least look into rehabs that provide treatment for teen substance abuse. The earlier this is caught and handled, the better life your teen will be able to achieve.