Nicknamed “Surf City,” the community of Huntington Beach has always been known for its relaxed, and casual atmosphere. But more recently, Huntington Beach has drawn public attention because of drug abuse among its teenagers.
What can you do to protect your teenager from addiction and overdose? In Southern California, where international drug trafficking is a large part of the culture, it might seem impossible to keep your teenagers safe.
Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse in Huntington Beach
For many residents of Huntington Beach, prescription narcotics like Vicodin, Percocet and Ativan help them lead comfortable, productive lives. But for teenagers, having these drugs in the home presents a risk of abuse and addiction. Furthermore, prescription opioids like OxyContin and Vicodin often open the gate to an addiction to illegal drugs like heroin. Consequently, once a teen gets hooked on prescription painkillers, it’s easy for teens to turn to street drugs for a less expensive high.
Therefore, preventing prescription drug abuse at home may be the most effective way to stop addiction in teens.
Doing Your Part As Parents
The Orange County Health Care Agency advises parents to safely store their medications and destroy any unused drugs:
- Store drugs in a locked medicine cabinet.
- Destroy expired or unused medications right away.
- Keep track of the number of pills you have in each prescription bottle.
- Talk to your kids about prescription drug abuse.
Teens often believe that prescription medications issued by doctors are “safe”. However, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reported drug overdose deaths among teenagers increased by 91 percent in the past 10 years. If you think that your Huntington Beach teen may be using drugs — either prescription medications or illegal substances — it’s important to seek professional help immediately
Choosing the Right Teen Drug Rehab Program
It’s not always possible to protect your teens from drugs and alcohol without professional intervention. Therefore, if your son or daughter is abusing drugs, a drug rehab program is often the best way to avoid the serious consequences of addiction.
Ask yourself these questions as you’re choosing a drug rehab program for your teen:
- Does the program have a staff of addiction specialists, therapists and counselors who have training and credentials in treating teens?
- Will your teen need detox and inpatient drug rehab, or will an intensive outpatient program be a better choice?
- Are there any mental health issues, like depression, suicidal thoughts, obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder, that require dual diagnosis treatment?
- Does my teen have an eating disorder that requires nutritional replacement and specialized therapy?
- Has my son or daughter displayed behavioral health issues that require a professional evaluation and focused care?
Calm and objective choices about teen rehab are difficult and frightening. However, you are not alone.
The intake counselors at Newport Academy can help you make these decisions when you call us for help.