Monday, December 7, 2009

Teens drug rehab

Usually posting about free drug rehabs, but this time i wanted to focuse on teen drug rehab, no matter are they free or paid, because when it came to youngest it is most scaring and dangerous. Today, there is a lot of teenagers with drug abusing problem, and many parents in first time even didn't recognize a problem, and when recognize that their kid had drug problems, they usualy are with mixed feeling and don't know what to do. Usual questions when parent suspect that teenager child have drug problems are:

- is my teenager kid realy have drug abusing problem?
- if it has, what program to choose?
-I heart something about 12 steps programs, are they good?
- I heart about non-12 step programs are they maybe better?
- i heart about religious drug rehabilitations for teenager?
- what to do att all now?! How to find good teenager drug rehab?
- should I try with free rehab or paid one?
- and many other questions

It is very natural in first moment to be confused and don't know what to do. 

  1. First, absolutley most important is to identify the problem, is it related to teen drug abusing or not. To be sure is Your teenager really had contact with drugs and really have drug abusing problems. i am saying this because teenagers are sensitive and offten you can see some signs but they don't strictly to be connected with substancies abusing, sometime they don't talk to much or don't eat to much, but that also can mean that they fealt in love, for example. So don't panic, that is first step.Every parent's worst nightmare is finding out one of their children has a drug problem. Even worse would be losing a child to a drug related death and wondering if there was anything you could have done to save them. Just as children need to be educated about drugs, parents need to be educated as to what signs they should be looking for that might indicate a problem.There are many physical and behavioral signs that your child may have a drug abuse problem. Knowing what some of these signs are may be the difference between getting your child the help they need and finding out too late that they were in trouble. First, we'll take a look at the behavioral side of it. The most important thing you can do as a parent is be actively involved your child's life. This means be more than just someone who provides them with food and shelter. Be involved in their school life and their social life. Ask them questions about where they're going and who's going to be there. Insist on meeting their friends and their parents to find out what kind of people they are hanging out with. If you stay involved in all aspects of your child's life, you'll be more likely to notice a change in their behavior.There are many different behavioral changes that could indicate a drug problem in your teenage child. You may begin to notice that your child is locking their bedroom door all the time or just being more secretive in general. The friends that they've had for years don't seem to be coming around anymore. Instead, they might have a new group of friends that they really don't want you to get to know. You may find that you're catching them lying to you when they never have before. One sign that will show up with almost all drug use is mood swings. Your child may seem very lethargic and overly tired one moment and then hyper-active and aggressive the next. A sudden lack of interest in the things that were once important to them such as athletics or hobbies could occur as well. Changes in appetite and sleep patterns could also be brought on by drug use.

After this if you realy find that your teenager soon or daughter have drug abusing problem, then defintly it is time to ask for help from experts. Choosing right teens drug rehab, can be crucial. I will try to help you to give you attention what aspects of rehabs for your teen you are considering. Choose a quality teen drug rehab
Everything about a child's addiction to drugs or alcohol is difficult for parents, and even after the decision is made to get help, even choosing an appropriate treatment facility can challenge at a time in life when you could only wish there were some easy answers.

Drug and alcohol rehab is expensive, it's a big commitment, and more importantly; the stakes are high, and you want to do everything in your power to choose a drug and alcohol rehab facility for your troubled teen that has the very best chance of offering them a happy and productive future of sobriety.

The options are many, and unfortunately, the level of care you get may be partially determined by the degree of insurance coverage you posses and your ability to finance private care. But there will likely be a number of options available to you, and you will need to make a choice between many. There are some intangibles that cannot be quantified and yet remain important, and if something about a facility strikes you as "off" it's a good idea to listen to your heart, but having some objective measures from which to evaluate a facility can assist you in narrowing down the options.

Here are 5 criteria that you may want to use when selecting a drug and alcohol rehab for your teen:

Is the rehab for teens only?

Teens do not do well in adult specific treatment, and although there are many facilities that will accept adolescents into a general rehab, these are rarely a good choice and offer a slim chance of success. Teens have different needs, and require different programs.

Teens do not suffer from the same types of problems as do adults, will not likely relate well to other addicts in recovery, get little value out of group sessions, and fail to get teen specific programming.

Emerging through adolescence and into adulthood is hard enough even without the complication and challenges of addiction or substance abuse. Teens suffering a problem with drugs or alcohol deserve to get help at a facility that can assist them with their unique, school, peer group and psycho social needs; and whatever an adult facility might maintain, they will not be able to do an effective job with this.

What about school?

Although the number one priority for teens in a drug or alcohol rehab program is the bettering of abuse and addiction, school should not and cannot be overlooked in its importance.

Teens with substance abuse problems too often enter into rehab already suffering academically from their period of drug abuse, and ideally they may use the period of rehab to boost academic performance as they better addiction.

Quality teen rehabs will employ professional educators, well equipped and trained to handle discipline and behavioral issues in the classroom, and the teacher to student ratio in the classroom should be low enough that teens can get the individual and remedial attention they need to catch up on what they missed, and maybe even excel past their peers.

Drug or alcohol rehab should never be a vacation from school responsibilities, and a quality academic component is necessary at any drug or alcohol rehab for teens.

How much family involvement is encouraged?

The single greatest factor influencing success rates at drug and alcohol rehab for teens is the level of family support and participation in the therapies of rehab. Teens are not yet adults, are having a very hard time, and as much as they may maintain a brave face about their ordeals; they do still need their mom and dad for help during such a tough period.

Family involvement doesn’t just mean occasional or even daily phone calls--although the more contact the better--it also means an active and involved participation in the therapies of rehab. Parents should ideally be invited to participate in group and family specific therapy sessions, in educational seminars and other for programming. By including the family throughout recovery, parents and siblings can heal together with the teen addict, and can also learn how best to support and encourage a teen recovering addict once out of treatment and back in the home.

Family participation is invaluable, and you should be very wary of any teen facility that does not encourage a high level of family involvement.

What types of aftercare are offered, and for how long?

Ideally, drug and alcohol rehab consists of two separate but equal phases of treatment, and although the first residential phase gets all the attention, the second "aftercare" phase is arguably just as important.

Aftercare simply means continuing therapeutic involvement once finished with residential rehab and back in the community. Aftercare may mean continuing group meetings, may be 12 steps based, may be individual therapy; and at best should probably be a combination of all of the above.

Continuing participation in therapies during the months and even years after rehab is extremely important for long term sobriety, and all quality rehabs will offer aftercare programming, and usually inclusive in the price of admission.

If a rehab facility does not offer aftercare, they may not be the best choice for your son or daughter.

What type of assessment is given prior to treatment?

While a comprehensive teen rehab facility should be well equipped to treat the majority of teens abusing drugs and or alcohol, there will be some kids with problems either so severe, or requiring of a treatment so different, that they are not well equipped to handle their needs.

Teens who may be suffering from a concurrent psychiatric illness may benefit more from a different type of treatment, and teens with antisocial histories of problems with violence may also not get the help they need at all types of rehabs. It's important for a rehab facility to administer a pre assessment questionnaire to get an initial idea of the problems they are facing, and to determine if they are equipped to offer legitimate and beneficial treatment.

If a rehab facility claims they are able to treat all teens, regardless of their personal histories, this should raise some alarm flags as to the true quality of the rehab facility.

Is any type of treatment 100% guaranteed ?

Unfortinatly there is no such drug rehab program that will give you 100% guarantee, it depends on many factors, but that what you can influence in, is to identify problem early. In that case chances are almost 100% that teenager will become drug free after detox program, so advice to parents is, if you are suspicious that your teenager abusing drugs, don't denied that you see that your kid may have problem with drugs, as soon as you check, and if there is problem, than as soon as your teenager start detox chances or success are better.
If you can't afford treatment, try finding free drug rehab near you.

Are expensive drug treatment better that cheap or free ?

It should be but it is not rule.


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