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Keep Off GrassTeen drug abuse is starting to increase after several years of it slowly decreasing. The reason behind this, I think, is because so many teens are abusing over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Once this abuse begins, addiction quickly follows. The only way to help the addict is to get him or her into an addiction recovery program. A long term drug rehab program will help teach the person coping skills so that he or she is able to re-enter society and stay sober.

Often what happens is that a person with a drug or alcohol problem will only seek short term or outpatient care. The time that is allowed for in the short term care facilities do not help the addict learn how to live without substances. They usually just have enough time to get the substance out of the addict’s system.

Addiction recovery takes time. It takes several months and then years of practice to learn how to read. Learning how to live without drugs and alcohol cannot be taught overnight. The skills must be practiced and thought about for an extended period of time.

But in the meantime, parents should monitor the over-the-counter and prescription drugs in the house and keep an eye on their teenagers and young adults.

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10 Comments

JaniceJuly 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

It`s extremely sad that we see this happening more and more these days. The middle schools and high schools are just crawling with drugs and to have a long term drug rehab is going to help clean things up in my opinion. I feel that young teens are getting into drugs and each year it keeps getting worse. We must do something about this.

 

JaniceJuly 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

I couldn’t agree more with this post. A lot of folks are unrealistic when it comes to their expectations for short-term or outpatient rehab. Young people can benefit from a more intensive program of longer duration because they may face more stressful situations and pressures on a regular basis than older people yet have less life experience to help them cope. As people mature, their decision making process improves and they often became more responsible. Without a program that monitors the young adults over a long peroid of time and provides guidence and support I fear we are setting them up for relaspe.

 

JaniceJuly 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

Mike the problem is that addicts can get sober but do not know how to lives sober. The rate of relapse after 30 day treamtent is alarmingly high up to 90% if the addict does not get long term help. For teenagers to who do not yet fully understand consequences sending them back to the same enviornment is a recipe for diaster. Long term treatment gives them the chance get sober and live sober for long enough that they do not want to go back to where they came.

 

JaniceJuly 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

I agree also that even really young kids like ages 10-13 are starting to do drugs. It’s best to catch it early and put your child in a drug rehab center so they can cure the underlying problems that are making these teens feel that they need drugs.

 

JaniceJuly 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

Being a teenager is stressful, and being a preteen in many ways is more stressful because that is when the changes within the body start happening. Kids are also naturally curious. They will one way or another find drugs and find out it is a way to escape then they will keep using it and will start abusing it. Even if they are told about the dangers of drugs when they were younger, they will still try to experiment. Because life in general is becoming more stressful as it is and add that to dealing with the stress of being a teen, it is no wonder the drug issue is getting worse and not better. It is a sad fact and more and more help needs to be available to these kids so they can clean their lives up and prepare themselves for a better future before it is too late.

 

JaniceJuly 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

Getting someone give up drugs is a painful and long-drawn process. It takes time and lot of patience. Most of the patients get back to drugs because they do not undergo long-term treatment. They only receive short-term treatment that is insufficient to make them live without drugs for the rest of the life.

 

JaniceJuly 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

The relatives who choose drug rehab program have to be very careful. They should select a facility that offers long-term treatment and provides means to lead a normal life. The treatment center should continue giving support after the patient is discharged.

 

JaniceJuly 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

Only medical treatment is not enough. The addicts should undergo holistic treatment that will make them realize the value of life and urge them to give up drugs. The centers must engage the addicts in life improvement techniques and renew the zeal to live normally.

 

JaniceJuly 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

Addicts, after getting back to normal life often fall prey to drugs due to insufficient social support and loneliness. It is essential that the family members and friends continue with their support and encouragement. The addict must feel that he is a part of their life.

 

JaniceJuly 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

I feel so sad that teens instead of building their lives are ruining it. They take to drug as a experimentation and cannot come out of it. Slowly they ruin their own lives and bring pain to their parents also.

 

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