While overall rates of teen drug use are down, heavy drug addiction is on the rise in American youth. It’s becoming an epidemic as more of our youth dabble in the use of opioids and hard liquor. What often begins as recreational use turns into substance abuse that is beyond their control.
The unfortunate truth is drugs and alcohol are readily available to teens. In fact, they can find access to many dangerous and addictive substances in their own homes. If they don’t get at home, there are other sources. Peers and individuals who make a business out of selling illegal substances make it all too easy to fuel addiction. Parents need to explore adolescent rehab options to get them the help they need. Freedom from addiction is possible for teens, but it’s going to take time and effort. Most importantly of all, it means sticking with a program until a teen is successful in overcoming substance abuse.