How drugs affect today’s teens and promote substance abuse treatment programs.
Today, it is common for drug and alcohol abuse to be glorified in the media. For instance, movies and television shows that depict images of young high school students experimenting with drugs or binge drinking. So, our youth looks up to the media, and in doing so, perceives drug abuse as careless, cool, and unbothered.
Sadly, drug and alcohol abuse on TV, in movies, in ads, and talked about in music is a horrifying and misrepresented conversation.
With this being said, steps must be taken in order to change the conversation with our youth. To do this, we must illustrate that teen drug abuse is not as glamorous as it is made to appear and substance abuse treatment programs are a positive action to take.
So, the first step is education, of your teenagers and yourself. Below is a list of drugs frequently used by teenagers and some of the indicators that they may be using that type of drug:
Common Drugs Used By Teens
- Tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, etc.) Yellowish coloration around fingers and teeth, a tobacco smell and some irritability.
- Cold medications (Benadryl, Sudafed, etc.) Drowsiness, and a decrease or an increase to their heart rate.
- Cannabinoids (marijuana, hashish, etc.) Red eyes, increased hunger, tiredness, lethargy, lack of motivation, paranoia, happiness.
- Inhalants (gasoline, ammonia, etc.) Runny nose, confusion, cloudiness, strange odors.
- Depressants (barbiturates, benzodiazepines, etc.) Bumping into things or dropping things, decrease to heart rate and/or blood pressure, dizziness, sleepiness, lowered inhibitions.
- Narcotics (heroin, oxycodone, etc.) Uncommon amount of happiness or euphoria, tiredness, slowed breathing, higher tolerance for pain.
- Stimulants (cocaine, amphetamines, etc.) Increase of heart rate and/or blood pressure, uncommon amount of happiness or euphoria, irritability, paranoia, less need for sleep.
- Hallucinogens (LSD, mushrooms, etc.) Paranoia, confused or blurred perceptions, insomnia.
- Dissociative anesthetics (phencyclidine/PCP, ketamine, etc.) Increase of either heart rate or blood pressure, nausea or vomiting, irritability, aggressiveness, memory loss.
- Club drugs (ecstasy) A fever without sweating, eating a lot of sweets like lollipops or other hard candies, excessive amounts of happiness and love, euphoria.
In conclusion, recognizing the signs for teen drug abuse is crucial to getting them the help that they need immediately via a substance abuse treatment program. Furthermore, the second step towards recovery is awareness. So, if you are suspicious that your teenager might be under the influence of illicit substances, consider intervening with the assistance of a social worker.
At Lighthouse, we recognize the major role that our patient’s family plays in recovery. That being said, family support is associated with increased success in treatment and lasting recovery, and as a result, RCA strongly encourages and supports family involvement and healing. So, RCA staff will brief our patient’s community on what to expect, what substance abuse treatment programs their loved one will be receiving and what avenues are available for the loved ones to begin engaging in treatment themselves.
Finally, if you want more information about how to help the teen drug abuse problem, contact Lighthouse today. You can reach us at any time by calling 1-800-RECOVERY.
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