Teen Substance Abuse Treatment extends to include teen treatment for a number of different addictions and types of substance abuse. In general, “substance abuse” refers to using a substance to such a degree that it causes negative effects in a person’s life, such as prohibiting teens from functioning properly within relationships and with responsibilities. It’s important to understand that while teen substance abuse sometimes occurs with an illegal substance, it doesn’t always, and it is the behavior, and not the substance, which constitutes the abuse. Some of the most common forms of Teen Substance Abuse include: Teen Marijuana Abuse, Teen Alcohol Abuse, Teen Prescription Drug Abuse, and Teen Cocaine Abuse.
Teen Substance Abuse Symptoms
Sometimes Teen Substance Abuse can be more difficult to recognize than one might think. First of all, it’s very common for teens to go to extreme lengths to hide their behaviors and the severity thereof. In fact, teens might even lie to themselves about how dependent they are upon the substance, which allows them to continue with their behaviors. The other thing that can make recognizing teen substance abuse difficult is many of the symptoms overlap with other conditions, so parents and loved ones may not recognize it for what it is. With this said, there are some symptoms that are consistent among teens and important for parents and loved ones to be aware of, if they should arise. These symptoms include but are not limited to:
- sudden apathy toward responsibilities
- sudden decrease in quality of school work
- sudden change in friends
- sudden irresponsible behaviors
- sudden apathy towards relationships/others
- symptoms of depression
- and symptoms of anxiety and/or general irritability
Teen Substance Abuse Treatment
The first important thing to understand is teen substance abuse is absolutely treatable and the earlier treatment begins, the better. Sometimes, teens will be resistant to treatment, either because they won’t admit they have a problem or because they don’t believe they can change. However, what we continue to see on a regular basis here at Paradigm San Francisco is teens feel relief almost immediately, upon recognizing they have a problem and accepting help.
One of the greatest initial challenges of the idea of teen substance abuse therapy is teens understand that sobriety is a lifelong endeavor, and this can be very tough for teens to commit to or even comprehend. Furthermore, it’s common for teens not to fully understand how much the substance abuse is affecting them and adding struggles and stress to their lives. In this way, it’s so important for teens to have the support and insight of therapists, who can help them to do the important introspective work of recognizing how their behaviors are connected with things such as negative belief systems, emotional turmoil, stress, and/or troublesome thought patterns. As teens begin working with therapists in teen substance abuse therapy to identify and address these connections, they not only gain relief from sobriety, but also become empowered to make positive changes in their own lives, which will make them feel better.
Individual & Group Therapy
At Paradigm San Francisco, our Teen Substance Abuse treatment program is divided into individual and group therapy sessions. Teens have individual daily therapy sessions with their lead therapists, as well as several other group therapy and supplemental support offerings. This combination of treatment modalities allows teens to do important reflective work as to their current experiences as well as connecting and growing with peers, and gaining the benefits of being part of a safe, wholesome, supportive peer community.
For more information on a specific form of Teen Substance Abuse treatment, please visit our individual substance pages.