Adolescence can be a stressful time to manage, with all the changes that the body goes through, with the peer’s pressure, or exams challenges. For these reasons, it's no surprise that we're facing a large number of requests for residential treatment for teenagers at Clearfork Academy.
What are the causes of substance abuse?
Several factors contribute to substance abuse from a genetic predisposition, to childhood trauma, or poor social skills. Like any other mental disease, there is a combination of psychological, biological, and environmental factors that can contribute to a substance disorder.
Different people may approach the same problem differently. For example, dealing with the admission stress to a reputed school may push a teenager to use a substance for extending the working hours. In time, the patient will identify the drug with the results, and, in search of even better results, the teenager may increase the dosage leading him or her to addiction.
Also, the cultural expectations and peer pressure to fit in may cause changes in an adolescent's behavior. We are starting our residential treatment for teenagers with an initial assessment, to identify the root causes of addiction so that we will know which path to use.
Signs of a drug abuse
Family plays a vital role in the early detection of a substance disorder. The earlier we will detect the problem, the easier and faster the healing will be. For this reason, we would advise the parents to look for some of the following signs:
- Difficulties in handling the work or school assignments
- Decrease of the involvement in the activities that your child used to enjoy
- Inability to focus and mood swings
- Bad coordination of movements
- Bloody nose and seizures
- Loss of appetite
- Change in sleeping habits
- Neglected appearance
In general, an addict will use much of his or her time trying to find ways to procure the drug and to build stashes around the house. In a constant search to obtain the substance, an addict may start taking risks and getting involved in illegal activities that may lead to problems with authorities.
What are the effects of substance abuse?
Different drugs will affect a person in different ways, but all effects are related to physical or mental problems. Also, the consequence of a substance disorder differs from person to person as it varies with the length of the abuse, physical characteristics of the patient, or its health.
- Anti-depressants – are slowing the central nervous system causing a person to feel less inhibited and relaxed. In large quantities may lead to unconsciousness or death.
- Hallucinogens – are distorting the sense of reality, causing hearing or seeing things that are not there.
- Stimulants – are “speeding” the messages sent and received by the brain, leading to an increased heart rate or blood pressure and reducing the appetite.
In a residential treatment for teenagers, it is essential to know what kind of substance the patient abused. By having this information, we can then decide for a customized therapy to follow at Clearfork Academy.
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