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Study after study reveals long-term drug and alcohol users began their addiction before reaching the age of 18. This means seeking professional help is vital. The sooner you seek help the better. Most teens start taking drugs or alcohol for recreational purposes. Their drug or alcohol use can get out of control to the point where your teen is unable to say 'no'. Many teens start with so-called 'gateway' drugs such as alcohol or cannabis and then transition to harder drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

Every parents' nightmare is to discover their child has developed an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Many parents perceive their child's addiction as a personal failure on their own part. Teen years can be an emotional time for parents and their children alike. Unfortunately some teens will develop an addiction no matter how good your parenting skills may have been.

Addiction is a progressive disease. Developing an addiction from an early age has serious consequences for your child's mental and physical health. Your child is exposing his or her organs to deadly toxins. Furthermore, an addiction probably means your child is mixing with dangerous people such as drug dealers.

What are the triggers of teen addiction?

The triggers of teen addiction are many and differ between individuals. However we outline some of the more common triggers of teen addiction below.

Typical 'triggers' of teen addiction include:

  • Boredom
  • Experimentation
  • Bad influences/friendship group
  • Tastes in music
  • Peer pressure
  • Exam pressure

How teen addiction treatment works

Rehab 4 Addiction organises both outpatient and residential rehabilitation treatment for teens. However we strongly recommend residential treatment. This is because residential treatment requires your child to live within the rehab centre during the course of the programme. Thus 'bad influences' and other triggers of teen addiction are kept at arm's length during rehabilitation.

Pre-admission assessment

Before your child enters a residential rehabilitation unit, a thorough pre-admissions assessment takes place. Here we determine the precise facts surrounding your child’s drug or alcohol addiction. We determine the addiction’s duration and the precise quantity of drugs or alcohol consumed each day. This information determines the length of your child’s rehab programme. Chronic and long terms addicts suffering from an underlying mental health problem typically require between four and six weeks inside a residential centre, together with an extensive programme of aftercare lasting an additional twelve months on an outpatient basis.

Teen detoxification

Teen rehab begins with a process known as detoxification. Here all drug or alcohol toxins are removed from your child’s system. Painful withdrawal symptoms are reduced through the controlled use of psychiatric drugs. These drugs are prescribed by an in-house psychiatrist.

Therapy and counselling sessions

Once detox concludes a structured programme of therapy commences. Therapy aims to identify the 'triggers' of teen addiction. These triggers are often unique to teens and different to triggers experienced by adult drug or alcohol addicts. Teen addiction treatment must be tailored to the unique needs of teen addicts.

Therapies include cognitive behavioural therapy, psychotherapy and a range of holistic therapies such as Reiki, medication and yoga. These therapies help treat the underlying causes of addiction such as depression and anxiety. Teens are taught to cope with life's stresses in ways not involving drug or alcohol use. Therapy consist of group and individual therapy sessions. Group therapy consists of teens discussing their issues and experiences openly. Here teens are encourages to learn from one another. Individual therapy sessions are one-to-one sessions with a qualified therapist. Here the patient is encouraged to discuss his or her more intimate issues with the therapist. The therapist helps the patient resolve these issues in a controlled and supportive manner.

Family therapy

Family member involvement is encouraged during therapy. This is known as 'family therapy'. Here family members are invited into the rehabilitation centre to voice their concerns around their loved-one's addiction. These sessions are therapist-controlled and family members must adhere to guidelines issued before family therapy sessions commence. There exists no cap on the number of family members you may bring along, although we ask for the name of each family member be submitted to us before sessions commence.

Aftercare and relapse prevention

Once rehabilitation draws to a conclusion, a thorough aftercare and relapse prevention plan is put in place. Each rehabilitation centre offers a twelve month aftercare service. Patients are permitted to return to the rehab centre each Saturday in order to engage in aftercare sessions.

Patients are also encourage to join a local Teen Addiction Anonymous group taking place in their local area.

Contact Rehab 4 Addiction

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