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Teen Addiction & Abuse

Teen substance abuse is prevalent and has long-lasting consequences. Early education and intervention can help.

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Caron Treatment Centers accepts patients aged 13 years or older. For more information on services available to those 12 and under, please learn more about Caron's Student Assistance Program.
Teen addiction has far-reaching consequences.

Substance abuse and addiction isn’t just an adult problem. In fact, teens that use drugs and alcohol put themselves at high risk for long-term addiction. Fortunately, they can overcome the destructive patterns and consequences of addiction with help. The sooner parents and clinical professionals recognize the signs of teen substance abuse and addiction, the sooner they can lead them toward recovery.

How do teens become addicts?

Most teens use drugs as a way to have fun or fit in with peers. Drugs make them feel good and relieve the stress of school, social situations, home life and growing up. But what begins as seemingly innocent substance use can quickly lead to addiction.

When teens become addicts, they may lose friends, develop health problems, experience mood swings and memory loss, behave badly, fail in school, lose motivation and isolate themselves from family and friends. Despite these consequences, teens often deny having a problem.

Teen substance abuse is an epidemic.

In 2011, a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) revealed that teen smoking, drinking, prescription drug and illegal drug abuse is an epidemic. The study examined how messages sent by adults and the media normalize substance use, thus undermining teens’ health and futures.

The CASA study also found that:

  • 90 percent of Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction started smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18
  • 1 in 4 Americans who began using any addictive substance before age 18 developed an addiction, compared to 1 in 25 Americans who started using at age 21 or older

A separate, 2010 survey of high school students found that:

  • 75 percent of all high school students have used addictive substances including tobacco, alcohol, marijuana or cocaine
  • 1 in 5 high school students meet the medical criteria for addiction, with nearly one-half of them using addictive substances

Treating teen addiction.

Although teen addiction and abuse is a rising and serious problem, lifelong recovery is attainable. The professional staff can help Caron can help—contact us today.