Substance abuse can significantly affect a teenager and their family. Parents often wonder how their child veered off course or end up blaming themselves. While substance abuse is a serious problem that needs to be addressed, it’s important not to point fingers or blame yourself. Instead, dealing with the problem early on is what’s vital. Getting your child the help they need to overcome their addiction can be the difference between life and death, success and failure.

Teenagers may use any number of insidious substances, including alcohol, illicit drugs, and even hazardous household chemicals. Behavioral changes are often apparent before it’s even known what kind of abuse is occurring. If you recognize any of the signs of addiction or illicit drug use in the list below, we strongly urge you to contact Prosper Treatment Center and get your teenager the care he or she needs. If you wait, it may tragically end up being too late as the death rate from overdose in the U.S. continues to grow.

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Keep in mind that substance abuse disorders in teens are often a secondary issue to a primary problem. Primary issues may stem from trauma experienced at home, school, or in a teen’s social life. Mental disorders are also a primary cause of substance abuse among adolescents. As such, treating these primary issues is paramount to ensuring your teen makes a complete, lasting recovery.

At Prosper Treatment Center, we have an excellent team of addiction counselors, therapists, psychiatrists, nurses, and support staff. They deliver an effective rehab for teens that replaces desires and addiction with confidence and healing. So, don’t wait for a tragedy to occur, which may be too late.

Observable Signs Of Teen Drug Use Or Dependence

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of substance abuse in teens is the first step toward getting your troubled teen help. Many of the signs of drug or alcohol misuse are easy to overlook or dismiss because the signs are often a normal part of adolescent behavior.

Another hindrance in recognizing substance abuse in teens is that the symptoms may be attributed to other causes. These can include hormonal changes, difficulty adjusting to a life change, or having a known or suspected mental disorder.

Signs of substance abuse in teens include:

  • Bloodshot, drifting, and non-focused eyes
  • Red or runny nose without sickness
  • Sudden, unexplained weight loss
  • Chronic coughing
  • Poor hygiene
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Stealing or a sudden need for money
  • Wearing conspicuous clothing to cover needle marks
  • Avoidance of eye contact and conversation
  • Emotional instability

At Prosper Treatment Center, our team of clinically trained professionals have worked with many teens and their families struggling with substance and addiction disorders. We work closely with our clients in a supportive setting to help them to develop healthy, long-term strategies. We have seen firsthand how the right approach can bring families back together.

Types Of Substance Abuse In Teens

Adolescents can misuse any of the same substances as adults. Teen substance abuse often begins as experimentation, trying to fit in with peers, or in an attempt to feel more like an adult. Substance abuse or addiction may result for several reasons.

Some drugs, such as meth and heroin, are incredibly addictive and hook users upon first use.

Another cause of teen substance abuse is they find a seemingly effective way to self-medicate, whether for a mental health condition or emotional problems. Over time, users may develop a physical and psychological dependence on the substance.

A familial history of substance abuse may also play a role. This can result from genetic predisposition or a learned behavior when one or both parents have exhibited substance abuse.

Some of the substance problems teens may experience include:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Marijuana abuse
  • Cocaine abuse
  • Meth addiction
  • Heroine addiction
  • Hallucinogen abuse, such as ecstasy

Prescription and over-the-counter medications commonly abused include:

  • Stimulants, including Adderall
  • Prescription pain killers, such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, and fentanyl
  • Sedatives, particularly benzodiazepines, which include Xanax, Ativan, and Valium

If you suspect your teen may have a substance abuse problem, Prosper Treatment Center can help. Our trained professionals provide comprehensive, compassionate treatment custom-tailored to your teen’s substance abuse and any underlying factors that may be contributing to the problem. We can help get your teen on the road to recovery and moving toward a brighter future that waits ahead.

Prosper Residential Treatment And Rehab for Teens - A New Beginning

At Prosper, our team of clinically trained professionals offers a wide range of treatment services. Not only do we effectively focus on overcoming substance abuse but resolving any underlying issues that may have led to their drug use. Our goal is to get your teenager back on the right path with proactive approaches to help them make a complete recovery.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the residential treatment programs we offer, contact us at 1-855-383-2566 to speak with one of our qualified treatment specialists.