Relapse Prevention for Teens

 In Substance Abuse

Drug Addiction’s Impact On The World

The world struggles with drug addiction. Research has shown that there are significant genetic and environmental factors that form the basis for drug addiction.  Drug addiction is a permanent alteration in your life. Prompt treatment of teen addictions is critical while experimenting with drugs is conventional. However, it is reported that drug addiction can cause brain damage in the adult brain.   If resisting any form of treatment continues, the bottom line is that every day, more than 200 people die of a drug-related death.  In as little as three days, a person can be physically addicted to opiates.

What Is The Root Cause Of The Drug Use Or Addiction Problem?

The majority of teens above 75 percent are involved in underage drinking, which is recreational drug use. Fifty percent of people who experiment with drugs for the first time are under eighteen. Going “cold turkey” is not the solution, while a permanent cession of any forms of illicit drugs or consuming alcohol is critical. But if you find out that your teen is experimenting with drugs,  you should confront the teen if you have the suspicion that a line between experimenting and abuse is crossed. But open communication with your child early in their lives may address any issues that they may have about consuming alcohol, for instance. Adolescence with the development of mental, social, and emotional well-being is the state that the seeds of drug and alcohol abuse are sown. But if you suspect abuse, the only solution is enrolling your child in a reliable drug rehabilitation program for your child to realize future sobriety.

How Do I Know If My Teen Is Abusing Drugs?

Trust your instincts because there are signs and symptoms,
such as:
*  Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
*  Establishing new friends and avoiding old friends
*   Spending a lot of time alone
*  Ignoring curfew and disregarding house rules
*  Failing or significantly worsening grades and poor attendance
*  Squinty red eyes and dilated pupils
*  An overwhelming smell of perfume, cologne, mouthwash designed to mask the scent of drugs such as marijuana
*   Drug information is found in their room or car
*   Lost of interest in appearance or hygiene
*   Major uncharacteristic mood swings
*   Depression, self-harm or self-mutilation, or anxiety disorder

Tips For Avoiding Relapse in Teens

The teen must change their behavior to avoid a relapse
such as

•    Avoiding friends who use drugs.
•    Do not isolate yourself and make new friends.
•    Attend counseling, therapy, and join a support group.
•    Change your behavior by finding healthy things to do.
•    Limit your stress
•    Actively chose sobriety as your goal


The academy staff, which has over 30 years of experience in Adolescent Psychological Health, offers psychological testing and traditional treatment therapies.   An evidence-based approach available to ensure that the teen’s individualized therapy is effective..   Because of the reduction of counseling services in regular schools both local private and public school systems in South Florida, the Academy provides Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for the residents of Davie, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale, Hollywood, Miramar, Hialeah, Pembroke, and Pinesforto.  The Academy is a local source of professional services and offers:

A.  Out-Patient Therapy.
Based on an individual’s treatment plan, the academy offers group and individual therapy one to two afternoons or nights a week, which depends on the individual’s treatment plan. After school pickup is available.

B.  Intensive Out-Patient.
The academy offers group and individual therapy three afternoons or nights a week. After school pickup is available.
Teens participate in group and individual therapy on an intensive outpatient basis, typically three afternoons days or nights a week, depending on the individual’s treatment plan After school pickup is available.

C.   Aftercare Program.
With any rehabilitation treatment, relapse is always a possibility.  The Aftercare Program requires continuing treatment on an outpatient basis to maintain
a long-lasting recovery.

How We Can Help With Relapse in Teens

1.  The teen will be offered to help to identify substance abuse or mental illness.
2.  Identify any destructive behaviors while encouraging, if the teen is stable enough to continue school.
3,  Participate in a five-step treatment process, including a psychological evaluation, final diagnosis, individualized treatment plan, complete treatment program, and follow up evaluation and aftercare.
4.  The Academy focuses on issues that led to the instability in the teen’s life, incorporating the family.

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