July 2, 2015

Intervention

TEEN / ADOLESCENT INTERVENTION FOR ADDICTION

A youth or young adult whose brain has been altered by drugs and / or alcohol may show symptoms through behavior problems. An estimated 1.1 million young people age 12 to 17 are addicted to the level of needing substance abuse treatment and intervention (data from 2002 California drug rehab). The worst aspect of teen addiction is becoming trapped in behaviors that cannot be changed without professional help, at a time in life when lifelong behaviors are being established.

From alcohol and drug addiction to eating disorder or video game addiction, an adolescent intervention can be the ultimate gift for a loved one and the best solution to ease the distress on the family.


 

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What does it mean for an addicted youth?

There is a growing concern across America that teens and adolescents and young adults are increasingly vulnerable to drug abuse and alcoholism. The National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA) has found that peer relationships, family, and school can act as protective factors. Early adolescent intervention when risk factors are present (e.g. aggressive behavior and poor self-control) can have a great impact on changing a youth’s life path away from problems and toward positive behaviors.

 

Adolescent and Teen Addiction Fisk Factors

Many signs have been identified of those more likely to use and abuse drugs from those less vulnerable to addiction. Behaviors that are associated with greater potential for teen addiction are referred to as “Risk Factors.”

For children already exhibiting serious risk factors, delaying intervention until adolescence will likely make it more difficult to overcome. By adolescence children’s behaviors and attitudes are well established and not easily changed. (NIDA, Preventing Drug Use Among Children and Adolescents.)

 

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