The teen years are a time of exploration in which many young people experiment with various personas and roles. Even the most committed and watchful parent can often have a hard time grappling with their child’s varying moods and priorities. In many cases, parents miss the early warning signs of teen substance abuse. Unfortunately, some only find out when the problem has become serious and all-encompassing. Being knowledgeable and proactive are moms’ and dads’ best weapons against addiction.
Risk Factors of Teen Substance Abuse
There’s no absolute predictor of who will develop an addiction. One teen may appear to be at maximum risk, yet never succumb to substances. Another may develop a dangerous addiction even though his or her circumstances are optimal. Even so, there are certain risk factors that can increase the likelihood of teen substance abuse:
- Family history of addiction
- First use at an early age
- Surroundings in which a teen receives exposure to regular drug or alcohol abuse
Knowing that a young person’s life contains one or more of these risk factors can help parents to be extra vigilant and communicative with their teen. For instance, discussing the toll that addiction has already taken on the teen’s family can heighten their awareness of their own vulnerability.
Warning Signs of Teenage Substance Abuse
Emotional outbursts, identity shifts, and demands for privacy are normal characteristics of the teen years. However, there are several signs that you can be on the lookout for:
- Lying or stealing
- Difficulty focusing
- Mood swings, paranoia or anxiety
- Significant weight gain or loss
- New friends and withdrawal from previous peer group
If you see a pattern of several of these symptoms developing in your child, it’s imperative that you address the issue fully and immediately. Because this can be an agonizing and difficult process for families to grapple with alone, getting help from professionals in the addiction field is important.
Getting the Help You Need at CVRC
Teen substance abuse is a downward spiral that can lead to a lifetime of addiction unless the young person receives prompt, effective help from substance abuse professionals.
Crest View Recovery Center is a full-service drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in the mountains of Asheville, NC to promote healing and lasting recovery for young men and women. We treat each of our residents with the dignity and respect they deserve as they overcome challenges to achieve health and sobriety.
We understand what you’re going through because the staff here are all in recovery themselves. To address the complex issues of teen substance abuse, we offer the following programs:
CVRC will be with the person experiencing teen substance abuse every step of the way. Let us customize a world-class treatment program that will give you all the tools you need for lasting health and sobriety. In fact, call us today at 866-327-2505 to begin your transformation.