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Your Guide To Adolescent Drug Rehab

By Bruce Davridcek

Every parent dreads the possibility that the child they’ve rasied might eventually immerse themselves–and possibly become addicted–to alcohol and/or drugs.

If you find yourself struggling to deal with a son or daughter who has a substance abuse problem, and have considered the option of adolescent drug rehab, you might have questions. Such as how does it work, what is it, what do I do next?

Here is a no-nonsense guide to understanding what adolescent drug rehabilitation is-and whether it might help your child finally free themselves from their substance abuse issues.

Adolescent Drug Rehab Question No.1: Is Teen Rehab Like Adult Rehab?

Both adult rehab and child/teen rehab are focused on the same thing: to get the person off of drugs or alchohol and give them coping mechanisms for staying healthy and sober.

But treatment methods can be quite different. Oftentimes one of the biggest challenges in treating young people with substance abuse problems is getting them to accept that they might actually have a problem; teens and adolescents haven’t usually hit a “bottom” as devestating as that experenced by lifelong addicts.

Another key distinction is that teen drug rehab centers often offer education services as many patients are still trying to get their high school diploma. This usually entails both GEd services and tutoring so that educational disruption doesn’t become another source of anxiety.

Adolescent Drug Rehab Question No.2: What Comes With Adolescent Drug Rehab?

Like its adult counterpart, adolescent drug rehab, especially the residential variety, begins with a healthy detox and then a set period of rehabilitation, usually from 30-90 days.

Once in rehab your adolescent is then given access to group therapy sessions and individualized therapy. Family counseling sessions are also used to identify and deal with any other underlying issues in the family.

Adolescent Drug Rehab Question No.3: How Do I Know if My Child Needs It?

Teens and tweens can be moody on the best of days, so sensing there might be a substance abuse problem can be tricky.

But here are a few things to keep a look out for to see if your adolescent has a drug problem:

Slovenly appearance, no f pride in how they look; Sudden weight loss; Loss of ambition in…well…anything; Track marks on legs or arms; Violent outbursts and sudden emotional changes….

These are just a few of the warning signs parents need to be on the lookout for.

If you think your child has a substance abuse problem make sure you contact a professional to make an informed decision and bring peace of mind back to your family.

Want to learn more about teen drug rehab and whether it can help your situation, then visit to get the latest info on this powerful and life-changing medical process.

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