Treatment – Substance Abuse
Teenage substance abuse affects far too many families. Are you concerned that your teen is abusing drugs or alcohol? After all, it’s normal to ask yourself many questions that you might not know the answers to.
Why did my teen veer off course? Why did my child start using drugs? Did I do something wrong?
If you are in need of help, please know that you are not alone. We are here for you. Call us, contact us, or reach out to someone.
Substance abuse in teens is a serious problem. Indeed, it is important to know that the danger is real.
Be compassionate with yourself. In addition, pointing fingers is a dead end. Beating yourself up is not the answer—getting help is.
Catching substance abuse early is key. Treatment can be the difference between life and death, success and failure for your teen. Moreover, the age when a person takes their first drink or drug is pivotal.
The younger you are, the worse the long-term outcomes will be, according to researchers. As a consequence, teen substance abuse often progresses into a lifelong dependency on drugs or alcohol.
Teen Substance Abuse Help
If you don’t know much about the realities of teen substance abuse, you are not alone. That’s what we’re here for. Hence, the Newport Academy teen substance abuse Treatment Team can help. In response, we effectively focus on the underlying issues that lead to teenage drug abuse.
Indeed, we help to resolve these traumatic issues. We offer education, compassion, and therapeutic modalities for teens and families. Most importantly, we instill hope.
Our goal as treatment professionals is to aid in defeating teen substance use. Thus, a key step in teen substance abuse treatment is moving from the initial detox phase to sustainable sobriety.
Teen substance abuse recovery means the complete recovery of your child. Consequently, we help teens get back on the right track and put proactive mechanisms in place to avoid relapse.
We know that ensuring health, happiness, and future success is your top priority. Indeed, it’s our top priority as well.
The goal is to restore teens to the family as a positive part of a harmonious unit. Moreover, our approach helps the whole family move forward.
Let’s learn more about the challenges and symptoms of teen substance abuse.
The Hard Challenges of Teenage Substance Abuse
Teens who abuse drugs usually don’t understand the risks. Given the fact that the teenage brain is not yet fully developed, this is not surprising. As a result, teenagers lack impulse control and intelligent discrimination.
Moreover, teens sometimes believe they are impervious to harm. They don’t worry about getting hurt or becoming addicted to drugs. Unfortunately, teens rarely consider the possible worst outcome of their actions and behaviors.
As a dire consequence, many kids roll the dice when it comes to teenage drug use.
Substance abuse in teens greatly increases the chance of adult addiction. Before realizing the true danger, a teen can get caught in a deadly trap. The dangerous consequences of teen drug abuse are universal. Indeed, the vise of teen drug addiction is unforgiving.
Teenage Drug Experimentation and Teen Substance Abuse
Did you know that half of all new drug users are under the age of 18? Given this statistic, let’s try to understand why.
Teens experiment with drugs for a wide variety of reasons. Yet, most have little or no idea of the actual danger.
Reasons for Teen Drug Use
- Curiosity—What does it feel like?
- Peer pressure—Everybody’s doing it, right?
- Academic pressure—Will it help me do better?
- Pain relief—If it’s prescribed, it must be safe, right?
- Emotional problems—Could this make me feel better?
- Hero worship—It must be cool if the cool kids do it, right?
- Escapism—Will this help me get away from it all?
- Wanting to feel more sophisticated—College kids all party, right?
Teen drug experimentation can descend into teenage substance abuse and drug dependence. However, if teen addiction takes hold, your child will be in real trouble. Without question, your teen will need professional help.
At Newport Academy, we are here to provide that help and ongoing support. As a direct response, the Newport Academy teen substance abuse treatment team believes in early intervention. Indeed, we want to catch teen drug use as early as possible.
Early treatment is best, at the first signs of a problem.
Before making the decision to seek treatment, you need to know what is going on in a teen’s life. Is the child a victim of teen substance abuse? Are they in danger of becoming addicted and possibly overdosing?
Learning the answers to these questions is paramount. Such answers require a deeper understanding. They can shed light on the issue.
As a parent, you need to know the signs of teen substance abuse, so you can decide if your teen needs help.
The Signs of Teen Substance Abuse
The signs of teen substance abuse include the following red flags:
- Bloodshot eyes, eyes drifting and non-focused
- Runny nose, redness around the nose with no medical cause
- Sudden, unexplained weight loss, looking gaunt and skeletal
- Chronic coughing, a smoker’s cough with no medical cause
- Poor hygiene and diminished personal appearance
- Smell of smoke on breath or clothes, unexpected use of perfume or cologne
- Laughing for no reason, emotional instability, extreme moodiness
- Secretive behavior, territorial, hiding in their room
- Extended and unexplained use of bathrooms
- Compulsive eating, frequent hunger or “munchies”
- Loss of interest in once-favored activities, isolation
- Stealing, unexplained need for money, kleptomania
- Inappropriate clothing, such as long sleeves in summer to hide needle marks
- Avoiding eye contact, inability to communicate, withdrawing into their shell
It’s true that many of these signs can be attributed to common teenage behavior. Yet, multiple red flags can indicate a teen substance abuse problem.
Beyond the signs, the statistics reveal the danger of teen substance abuse. Indeed, the facts speak for themselves.
Key Facts About Teen Substance Abuse
- 90 percent of adults who are currently addicted began using alcohol and other drugs before the age of 18.
- By the eighth grade, 28 percent of teens have consumed alcohol and 17 percent have smoked marijuana.
- Alcohol plays a role in over 4,300 teenage deaths every year.
- Statistics on underage drinking show that youth who drink alcohol are 50 times more likely to use cocaine.
- More than 60 percent of high school students say that they know of drugs kept, sold, or used in their school.
- 60 percent of teens get abused prescription drugs from the medicine cabinets. These medications belong to family, relatives, and/or friends.
- 20 percent of teens say they have a friend that abuses prescription drugs.
- 50 percent of high school seniors think it’s okay to try crack or cocaine once or twice.
- The average age of heroin addicts in treatment facilities nationwide is 23.
Without a doubt, teen substance abuse remains a serious problem. Moreover, illegal drug abuse is only part of the problem. Teen prescription drug abuse has also become commonplace.
The Dangers of the Family Medicine Cabinet
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) saw this problem coming. As a result, in 2008, the ONDCP paid a lot of money to run a Super Bowl ad. The ad featured a drug dealer complaining about having no new clients. Highlighting the issue at hand, he was angry because all the kids were now getting their drugs from their parent’s medicine cabinets.
Without a doubt, the ad made a strong point about a shift in teen drug use. More often than not, teenage drug abuse begins with the family medicine cabinet. Furthermore, abusing prescription medication opens a dangerous door. This door leads to illegal drug experimentation and teen substance abuse.
It’s important to look at the reasons behind teen prescription drug abuse. Did you know that teenagers use prescription drugs for slightly different reasons than they use illegal drugs?
Causes of Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
An important first step is asking the right questions. First, how is teen prescription drug abuse different from teen illegal drug abuse? Second, why do teens misuse and abuse prescription drugs in the first place?
Teens abuse prescription drugs to…
- Get high and party
- Reduce stress and find calm amid the storm of teen emotions
- Improve school performance by staying revved up so they can study longer
- Lose weight and deal with a negative body image
- Lessen the pain of athletic injuries and get back on the field
- Overcome social phobias and become more outgoing
- Dance with the forbidden and undermine family authority
- Be part of the “cool” crowd who use drugs and/or alcohol.
Research suggests that teen prescription drug abuse is linked to serious mental health disorders. In one study, researchers looked at teens using prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. They were almost three times as likely to report a suicide attempt a year later. Even worse, that risk was more than tripled for youth who abused prescription painkillers.
Teens who abuse drugs or alcohol are often looking for an easy fix to reduce the pain and pressure of being a teenager. Don’t we all remember what that was like?
A top drug researcher describes the teen prescription drug abuse problem like this:
“We think of teens as using drugs to party and to experiment. But because prescription drugs are designed to help with physical or emotional conditions, many teenagers are using them to help them with a specific problem, such as lessening anxiety, staying awake to study, or losing weight.”
But just because prescription drugs are legal doesn’t mean that they are safe. Indeed, the truth is that teen prescription drug misuse and abuse is dangerous and can be deadly.
Preventing Teenage Prescription Drug Abuse
There are strategies to prevent and reduce teen prescription drug abuse. Hence, every parent should consider taking these basic steps. The professionals at Newport Academy believe it’s always better to play it safe. You want to protect the health and security of your children and your family.
After all, prescription medication misuse and abuse leads to more teenage deaths than all illegal drugs combined.
Here are some basic prevention steps that parents can take.
- Inventory medications that can be abused. Keep track of pill numbers.
- Get rid of unused or expired medications. Clean out medicine cabinets regularly.
- Properly dispose of prescription drugs in drop boxes. You can locate a drop box on this nonprofit’s website. Do not flush them.
- Store prescription drugs safely. Lock up medications.
- Keep prescription drugs in their original bottles. This prevents the medications from being redirected for misuse or abuse.
- Ask your doctor for drugs with abuse-deterrent formulations or built-in antagonists. They prevent the use of a drug for non-medical purposes.
- Talk to your child about the dangers of prescription drugs.
- Monitor Internet usage. Shopping for illegal pharmaceutical drugs on the “dark web” is common. More common than parents would like to imagine.
There is no perfect methodology for preventing teen substance abuse. Unfortunately, you cannot control access to all forms of prescription medication. However, by following the recommendations above, you greatly increase your chances of success.
Moreover, the Newport Academy teen substance abuse treatment team is here for support. If your child has a prescription medication misuse or abuse problem, we have seen it before. Know that you are not alone. If you make the choice to seek treatment, we are here to help you and your teen.
Newport Academy and Teen Substance Abuse
Our goal is to help your teen recover fully and completely from teen substance abuse.
“It is our mission to provide the most comprehensive, impactful treatment for teens to sustain long-term recovery. We enable young people to move out of the darkness and into the light, into happy, fulfilling lives.”
—Jamison Monroe, Jr., Newport Academy Founder & CEO
At Newport Academy, teens on the path of substance abuse recovery are…
- Treated as whole human beings, not broken
- Shown how to walk a path of sustainable recovery
- Given the individualized care they require
- Provided with safety and comfort
- Able to address the root causes of destructive behaviors
- Offered precise guidance to improve family relationships.
We provide the most effective treatment modalities, including clinical, experiential, and holistic therapies.
Effective Teen Substance Abuse Treatment Takes Time
Ultimately, the goal of teen substance abuse rehab is to foster lasting change. That doesn’t happen quickly. After all, it took time for the problem to develop; it takes time to heal it as well. Studies show that length of stay improves treatment outcomes. Three months or more is recommended by researchers.
What is the optimal length of teen substance abuse treatment? The answer is determined by several key factors. Two of these factors are the severity of the abuse and whether a teen is addicted.
According to research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
“Research has shown unequivocally that good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length. Treatment lasting significantly longer is recommended for maintaining positive outcomes.”
We pay close attention to these scientific findings. As a result, we often recommend a longer residential stay for your teen. Indeed, our length-of-stay recommendations are about achieving a lasting positive outcome.
As a result, this investment will pay dividends for the rest of your child’s life.
Teen Substance Abuse Treatment and Individualized Programs
Experts agree that the best teen rehabs provide individualized programs. Hence, these programs treat the specific needs of your child and your family. They address both teen mental health and substance use disorders.
Our approach has incorporated holistic care from day one. Therefore, Newport Academy takes a multi-layered approach. We address the underlying issues that give rise to teen substance abuse. By focusing on teen mental health, we begin the healing process.
Indeed, the Newport Academy approach emphasizes a loving and supportive environment.
Moreover, our clinical experts avoid the one-size-fits-all approach. This is the wrong approach for any child. Instead, we customize treatment for each teen’s individual needs, strengths, and challenges. As a result, we will create an individualized treatment plan for your teen, designed to support their specific healing process.
“At Newport Academy, we can use unique and cutting-edge treatment approaches that would take the state years to employ. Because we’re not dependent on state funds, we have the ability and flexibility to tailor programs that best suit the needs of our residents. I am so impressed with the caliber of the professionals on my team, and their willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure that clients receive the best, most effective, and most individualized treatment possible.”
—Helene D’Jay, LPC, Newport Academy Clinical Director, East Coast Campus
Do we use prescription medications to treat teen substance abuse?
Prescription medication is rarely the answer to teen substance abuse. However, many teens suffering from teen substance abuse also have a co-occurring disorder. As a result, they are not only diagnosed with a substance use disorder. They are also diagnosed with a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety. Hence, this is sometimes referred to as having a dual diagnosis.
As a result, doctors often prescribe anti-anxiety medications or antidepressants. In some cases, short-term use of prescription medications can be helpful. The goal is to stabilize a teen’s state of mind. In most cases, this is a temporary solution to the problem at hand.
Our Treatment Team uses group therapy, individual psychotherapy, experiential modalities and holistic treatment modalities to treat each individual. These strategies can be just as successful as prescription drugs. Plus, they have no dangerous side effects. More importantly, these therapies teach long-term skills for a healthy, happy life.
Addressing Root Causes in Teen Substance Abuse Rehab
The Newport Academy treatment team does not place a Band-Aid over a deep wound. Instead, we address the root causes. Our goal is healing that lasts. We believe passionately in the work we do.
7 Facets of Our Evidence-Based Approach to Teen Treatment
- Clinical excellence with a proven history
- Medical experts to ensure health and safety
- Integrated mental health therapy and care
- 12-Step meetings that open the door to greater fellowship
- Holistic approaches that overcome limitations
- Tailored treatment based on individualized plans
- Family participation to promote sustainable healing
We employ these multiple dimensions of treatment. As a result, we address the root cause of the substance use disorder. Moreover, we foster sustainable sobriety. Your teen is now successfully walking a path of true recovery.
Now Is the Time to Catch the Problem
A study looked at people who have substance use disorder problems as adults. 90% began using drugs before their 18th birthday. This is why it is key to identify and address symptoms as early as possible.
Teen Rehab and Family Support
Teen rehab at Newport Academy offers unequaled care of the utmost quality—for both teen clients and their families. Parents get the support they need while their child heals. Siblings can take part in the healing process, too.
The Newport Academy clinical team offers therapeutic strategies designed to help the entire family.
You Are Not Alone
Do you know the latest statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health? Close to 5 million American adolescents suffer from a substance use disorder or alcohol use disorder.
“We founded Newport Academy, teen treatment centers that provide the highest-quality care, to bring sustainable healing to teens who are struggling as I once was. We offer family-focused and results-oriented programs that treat the underlying causes and conditions of destructive behaviors. It is from a foundation of compassion and love that we provide a truly unparalleled level of care for teens and families.”
—Jamison Monroe, Jr., Newport Academy Founder & CEO
Teen Rehab = A New Beginning
Teen substance abuse can be overcome. You deserve the very best outcome. Some of the attainable goals of treatment include
- An active role in the family based on trust and respect
- Loving and loyal relationships with family and friends
- Academic achievement that reflects their potential
- Physical health combined with mental well-being and stability
- Sustainable recovery that creates self-esteem and happiness
- The discovery of goals that lead to a fulfilling school and work life.
Newport Academy can promise you that this is what we want for your child, too.
Contact us anytime. We’re ready to work with you to address the challenge of teen substance abuse and teen drug use. We are here to help.
Together, let’s build a foundation for your child’s future health and happiness.
We Achieve Results.
Since our founding, we have achieved an unparalleled success rate. 85% of teens complete the Newport Academy program and go on to live happy, healthy lives.
We realize that the hardest part of seeking treatment is to
get started. We’re here to help make that part easier, 24
hours a day, 7 days a week.
Newport Academy offers a comprehensive approach to teen rehab. In addition, this includes our Day Schools—schools for troubled teens. We encourage you to browse our website or call us 877-959-0904. We’re here 24 hours, 7 days a week. Newport Academy has been treating teens for over ten years. Most noteworthy, we treat teenagers, ages 12–20. Additionally, treatments include teenage depression, teen anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, and teenage substance abuse. Furthermore, we offer a 4–1 staff to client ratio.
Learn More About What We Treat
Teen Depression is more common than you think. The life of a teenager can be hard. First, physical changes and increasing social pressures equal hard challenges. When you add in the quest for an identity, kids have a lot on their plate. Is it surprising that so many suffer from teen depression?
Teen anxiety is no fun. Stress helps the body prepare for a challenge. The senses are honed, the brain is alert, and the body is ready to spring into action. It’s a useful tool when a threat is imminent. Also, it’s considered a natural, and even a healthy, response by the human brain.
Addressing the need for teen mental health treatment is tough for any family. Every parent wants their children to be healthy, whole, and happy. That’s why the Newport Academy Treatment Team’s approach to teen mental health challenges begins with love, support, and acceptance.
Diagnoses We Treat
Other Teen Disorders
- Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Multiple Personality Disorder
- Delusional Disorder
- Psychotic, Psychosis
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Brief Psychotic Disorder
- Schizoaffective Disorder
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
- Thought Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
- Gender Identity Disorder
- Gender Dysphoria
- Parental Alienation
- Parent-Child Relationship Issues
- Family Relationship Issues
- Anger issues
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Anxiety Attacks