It has been widely reported in recent years that prescription drug abuse among teens is on the rise. Where in the past, teens who acknowledged using substances would most often name marijuana and alcohol as things they had tried, today it’s much more common to see prescription drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, and Xanax on the list. As we tell people at our Sacramento rehab, this is a trend that we all need to be aware of. Everyone in a teen’s sphere of influence needs to be ready to take action as needed.
The Challenge of Detecting Substance Abuse
Prescription drug abuse among teens can be especially hard for parents to spot. Unlike marijuana and alcohol, which have telltale odors, these drugs do not. And because mood swings and odd behaviors tend to be common even in adolescents who aren’t involved in substance abuse, people often overlook them. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2u7Bwfw
It is well known that there is a strong connection between stress and addiction. In fact, many of the people who come to our Sacramento rehab report that they have a tremendous amount of stress in their life. That tension, along with poor coping skills, can lead to serious problems with drugs and alcohol.
Normal Stress vs. Chronic Stress
When talking about stress, there are two primary kinds: normal stress and chronic stress. It’s safe to say that everyone experiences some stress in their life. In fact, many people seek out a certain amount of stress at times, in part because it feels good to overcome it. For example, running a marathon can create both physical and emotional stress. This kind of stress is moderately intense at most, predictable, and of limited duration. And, the payoff when you cross the finish line is worth it to most people. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2wHV0FT
Drug and alcohol use and addiction are problems that know no geographic or socioeconomic boundaries. Still, people want to see these issues as happening “somewhere else” and to other people. However, our Sacramento rehab helps people from all walks of life and encourages everyone to look past the myths about substance abuse.
The Truth Behind Common Misconceptions
Here are some myths about drug and alcohol addiction that are not only untrue, but can be dangerous if they keep people from watching for signs of trouble or seeking help. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2vwzo0G
While there is evidence that drug use among teens has decreased slightly in recent years, that good news is overshadowed by the fact that far too many teens still participate in regular drug use. We tell parents at our Sacramento rehab center that one of the keys to keeping their teen from getting involved in drug use is understanding what can increase the likelihood that they’ll experiment or become a regular user.
Here are some of the risk factors:
- Drug-using friends. Who your kids hang out with has a major influence on their behavior. And while trying to choose your child’s friends for them is a no-win proposition, there are ways you can subtly influence their decisions such as making it easier to connect with peers who are not drug users. You can also, of course, set reasonable limits on where, when, and how your children spend time with their friends. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2lLFHZH
You, drugs, and your worst enemy
Everyone has a different story about when their drug habit began. But it is only once the addiction has taken hold that many agree they feel burdened with self-loathing. Countless people with addiction believe that they actually deserve the consequences that come with drug abuse and their next plan of action isn’t to get treatment. The recovery process becomes rather difficult when you are your worst enemy.
Believe that you are worth the effort
Sacramento rehab centers, such as New Dawn Treatment Centers, find that people who are addicted to drugs may feel resentment, shame, and guilt towards themselves. So instead of trying to get sober, addicts believe they’re not worth the effort. No one deserves to feel this way.