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Teenage Drug Abuse

1 Your Role
I want to learn about treatment options for:

2 Basic Information
The Person is:
years old

graduated high school

3 Condition Information
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.
The nature and prevalence of teen drug abuse.

Teens abuse all types of drugs, including over the counter medications, inhalants, marijuana, alcohol and prescription drugs. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 16 million Americans age 12 and older took a prescription pain reliever, tranquilizer, stimulant or sedative for nonmedical purposes at least once in 2005. In 2008, nearly 2 million teens between the ages of 12 and 17 abused prescription drugs, and more than 15 percent of high school seniors reported non-medical use of at least one prescription medication within the past year. Teens who struggle with drug abuse and addiction deserve to lead healthy, happy lives. But most can’t achieve long-term sobriety alone. Like adult drug abuse and addiction, teenage drug abuse commonly requires immediate, professional intervention.

Preventing teenage drug use: the importance of parental vigilance.

This is a serious issue with serious consequences. Teens who abuse drugs are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, develop more intense substance abuse problems and develop a host of health complications. As a parent, it’s important to be vigilant. Monitor your medicine cabinet, control access to medications that can be abused and be on the lookout for common signs of teenage drug abuse like:

  • Lying
  • Making excuses
  • Breaking curfew
  • Staying in room
  • Becoming verbally or physically abusive toward others
  • Possessing items connected to drug use (paraphernalia)
  • Smelling like drugs (eg. solvent smell of inhalants, marijuana smell)
  • Mood swings
  • Stealing
  • Changes in friends

How to get help with teenage drug abuse.

If you suspect that your teenager needs treatment for drug abuse or addiction, Caron can help. Please explore our teen-oriented programs or contact us today.