Teen 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.