Learning your child has participated in drug use can be a terrifying time for any parent. Even if your teen swears it was one time and will not happen again, a parent can only think of the terrible roads alcohol and drug use can lead. We want to help answer a few questions for you during this distressing time, such as: what are the ramifications of teenage substance use? When do you need to seek help? Where can you find substance abuse treatment?
There does not have to be abuse for there to be a need for treatment
Just because your son or daughter has yet to become addicted does not mean she or he does not need substance abuse treatment. Substance abuse treatment offers help for occasional use to serious addictions. Even with minimal use, drugs and alcohol can have serious, negative effects on the brain. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, effects of drug and alcohol use include:
- Altered, inhibited judgment
- Increased risk of HIV
- Suicidal thoughts and depression
- Short-term memory loss
- Learning disabilites
With a teenage brain still developing, substance use needs to be treated as soon as possible.
blueFire individualizes substance abuse treatment
Teens who experiment with or abuse substances are likely to have underlying emotional issues or a history of high-risk behaviors. When developing a substance abuse treatment for a teen, it is important to have a holistic approach. It is not effective to treat the substance use without identifying the triggers that started it. blueFire uses a variety of therapy treatments to increase a teen’s confidence, address their emotional struggles, teach better interpersonal skills and ensure positive change in every area of their life.
Families are key to success during and after the treatment
Staying sober is not something that automatically lasts forever. Once your teen returns home, families are key to ensuring the teen stays on track, offering a system of love, support and guidance.
If you need more information about teen substance use or have questions about your son or daughter, please call us today at 844-413-1999.