Teen drug addiction has declined among youth over the last two decades. According to the Monitoring the Future Survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, other than marijuana, drug use among 12th graders has declined by 30% over the past five years. However, while most drug use among youth is declining, teen substance abuse and teen alcohol addiction are still a problem that students are facing in schools today. The 2018 study show that 6% of 8th graders, 10% of 10th graders and over 12% of 12th graders are still using a variety of drugs including alcohol, marijuana, heroin, opioids, MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly), methamphetamine, amphetamines, sedatives, and ketamine. Marijuana vaping has increased by more than 50% among youth. Aspire Counseling Services helps to reduce these numbers by providing teen substance abuse treatment.
How do you know if your teen is using drugs? Parents can’t see into the future to determine whether their children will use drugs, but they can watch for risk factors that might apply to their children. These are the risk factors and signs to watch for to determine if your child needs teen addiction treatment.
Teens also have their own reasons for becoming interested in using drugs. There are a few key factors that influence a teen’s decision to use drugs that lead to teen drug addiction and teen alcohol addiction.
Many of the signs and symptoms of teen substance abuse are also typical teen behaviors. Many are also a sign of depression or anxiety disorders. Noticing the behaviors will allow you the opportunity to open conversations where you can ask direct questions regarding possible drug use. Aspire Counseling Services can provide you with the help you need to begin those conversations and for a possible teen substance abuse treatment program.
Now that you know the warning signs it is important to trust your gut and watch for those signs to determine whether to seek teen addiction treatment. When your teen gets home from a night out with friends use your nose, have a face to face conversation, watch their eyes and physical actions for any warning signs. If the signs are there, Aspire Counseling Services is here to provide your teen with top-rated substance abuse treatment.