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Does My Teen Need an Intervention?

Should I Intervene in My Child’s Life?

A question for many parents is “when do I actually remove my child from the dangerous path they are on”? There is not really a one size fits all answer for this question. In some cases a parent’s intuition is the best indicator as to when to do something drastic. Here are a few teen activities that usually accompany the need to take action:

  1. New friends
  2. Dropping Grades
  3. Loss of interest in sports or hobbies
  4. Decreased time with family
  5. Leaving without permission
  6. Sneaking out
  7. Disrespecting those previously respected

This list is not comprehensive and is not meant to determine if and when a child needs help. As with all information on this site, it is a suggestion of activities that may indicate a teen is heading down the wrong path. This is not in anyway meant to replace professional advice. If you suspect your teen is involved in activities that are inappropriate, please seek medical or professional help immediately.

Logical Steps

Parents that believe their teen may be headed in a negative dangerous direction may want to follow these logical steps. The first thing to do may require a little detective work. It is important to know what kind of friends your child is associating with. If a teen will not bring friends into the home, parents may need to push the issue a little further and drop into an activity their teen is attending. Another good way to find out what kind of friends a teen is hanging with may be to contact a guidance counselor or a teacher at school. The educational professionals may not be able to give any specific info about the teens friends, but can at least give the parent some idea of who their teen associates with. Another key indicator being a drop in grades can be investigated by contacting the school. Teachers may know before parents, that the teen has lost interest in school. Teachers may also have information like the “teen is sleeping during class”. If the teen has started to experiment with drugs parent may request a surprise drug test. It is important the test be a surprise as there are many ways to alter a drug test.

Communicate With Your Teen

It is easier to re-establish communications with a teen than it is to open them. Parents that have had a fairly good relationship with their teen may find it a little easier to communicate than parents that have never done so previously. One thing certain is parents that are unable to communicate with their teen will have a lot of work to do. Once a teen heads down a negative road, they usually shut down any activities with their parents and other family members. Even teens without negative behaviors can reduce or discontinue communications with their parents. It just is not “cool” for a teen to talk to their parents. One of the best ways to break through the communication barrier is to find common ground with the teen. Parents may need to learn to do something the teen finds interesting, but they are not really interested in to gain the trust of their teen, and to establish some common ground. Another great way to gain favor in the eyes of their teen is to completely support and attend any positive activities they are engaged in.

Teenage Alcohol Abuse – Drug Treatment

Alcohol and Teens

Three of every four, or 75%, of children have consumed alcohol by the end of their high school days. This is not surprising, as approximately 41% of children say they have consumed alcohol by the end of eighth grade. These statistics are shocking to the average person, however to these teens it is a typical night out on the town.

Approximately 25% of these teens, who have used alcohol, report binge drinking-the consumption of five or more drinks in a single occasion. Binge drinking often leads to teens getting drunk, poor decisions/poor judgment, alcohol poisoning, and possibly mental and physical health damage.

Alcohol and Teens, Consequences

Teens who drink alcohol are more likely to have school problems, including failing grades, poor attendance, and lack of interest in activities. Social problems will also present with alcohol use, including fighting, legal problems, loss of friends, and lack of participation in activities. Alcohol use by teens may also cause physical problems. As teens are rapidly developing physically and mentally, alcohol can have an effect of these changes, hangovers, illness, disruption of normal growth and development, injuries as a result of car crashes, falls, and other “accidents”. Teens who use alcohol are also at a higher risk for STD’s, suicide, sexual assault, abuse of other drugs, and death.

Alcohol and Teens, Why Do They Do It?

Teens may use alcohol to fit into the crowd or to drink away stress, attempting to not deal with problems they are having. Teens may also drink to satisfy curiosity or to feel older or more mature. All around us is advertising and promotions of drinking, people enjoying life, having fun, and fantasies coming true, all with a simple drink of alcohol. Teens may find it harmless to have a drink with all the glamour associated with it. Teens are also caught in a limbo of maturity, no longer a child yet not quite an adult. Drinking is one way teens attempt to feel more mature or older. It is known the legal drinking age in the US is 21, therefore many teens feel more mature by doing something their older friends are doing.

Alcohol and Teens, What Does It Do?

Alcohol is a depressant. When alcohol enters the blood stream it slows the function of the body’s nervous system. This alters the messages attempting to get to the brain. Perceptions, emotions, movements, and the senses can all be effected by the use of alcohol. When drinking small amounts of alcohol, the drinker may feel relaxed and hassle free, the drinker then drinks more resulting in intoxication. Alcohol poison may occur when drinking too much. The body’s involuntarily reflexes are affected, including breathing and the gag reflex. Alcohol poisoning may also include vomiting, seizures, low body temperature, extreme confusion, facial and body swelling, and inability to be awakened.

(Some information was quoted from Samsha.gov and Sadd.org)

Teen Drug Rehab – Substance Abuse Treatment

Teenage Drug Rehab

Drug Rehabilitation, or drug rehab, is defined in the Encyclopedia as: an umbrella term for the process of medical and/or psychotherapeutic treatment, for dependency on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and so-called street drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or amphetamines. The general intent is to enable the patient to cease substance abuse, in order to avoid the psychological, legal, financial, social, and physical consequences that can be caused, especially by extreme abuse.”

Most drug rehab programs take two basic approaches to helping people with their dependency of drugs. They are physical and psychological. The physical aspect of drug rehab deals with the detoxification of the body. This is in an effort to help the body cope with the symptoms of withdrawal that accompany the cessation of drug use. The psychological side of drug rehab delves into the day to day life of drug users. This part of the program stresses that lifestyle changes need to take place.

Much of that change deals with the friends and other social relationships the person may have. It is essential that they surround themselves with people who aren’t users and instead are surrounded by people who care about them and are supportive in their efforts to change their lives.

Drug Rehab and Treatments

There are a wide range of treatments available, but the most common include:

Pharmacotherapies: There are certain medicines that are used to combat addictions and dependency to opioids such as heroin. They are methadone as well as more recent buprenorphine. These drugs are used to stabilize the abnormal opioid system for long durations of time.

Criminal Justice System: Another type of treatment involves the criminal justice system. Many times persons that are convicted of minor drug offenses are sentenced to drug rehabilitation instead of prison. Also, those convicted of driving under the influence are sentenced to mandatory attendance to Alcoholic’s Anonymous.

Traditional Addiction Treatment: This is primarily based on counseling. Recent studies have shown, however, that there is often a chemical imbalance and counseling alone is less effective.

Drug Rehab and Relapse Prevention

A major part of drug rehab is relapse prevention. An influential therapy model was created by Alan Marlatt. Marlatt describes four psychosocial processes relevant to the addiction and relapse processes: self-efficacy, outcome expectancies, attributions of causality, and decision-making processes. Self-efficacy refers to one’s ability to deal competently and effectively with high-risk, relapse-provoking situations. Outcome expectancies refer to an individual’s expectations about the psychoactive effects of an addictive substance.

Attributions of causality refer to an individual’s pattern of beliefs relapse to drug use is a result of internal transient causes. Finally, decision-making processes are implicated in the relapse process as well. Substance use is the result of multiple decisions whose collective effects result in consumption of the intoxicant. Marlatt stresses some decisions-referred to as apparently irrelevant decisions-may seem inconsequential to relapse, but may actually have downstream implications that place the user in a high-risk situation.

Drug rehab is evolving more and more every day, and programs and tools are available to those who want to succeed