Generally speaking, when it comes to drug and substance abuse with the teens and young adults, the treatment needs for the adolescents and young adults will differ from the needs of the senior/older ones who may be faced with the same problem. This is considering the fact that when it comes to the needs of the teens and young adults, apart from the need to be helped to deal with the problem of addiction, there will as well be the need to be helped deal with the other issues that may come along such as co-occurring mental conditions, their school or college work, family integration and needs, and such like needs. The following is a look at some of the facts that you need to know of when it comes to drug and substance abuse in the teen ages.
One thing that should be noted about these particular stages of life is that they are some that are often marked with lots of cases and instances of experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Adolescence is generally one stage and age in human development that is marked with a lot of experimentation and risk-taking behaviors and this is explained by the behavioral therapists to be as a result of the fact that the prefrontal cortex and the other areas of the brain that help control impulse, willpower and that are supposed to help guide one into healthy decision making are not quite fully developed. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA, over 55% of teens will leave high school at the end of their senior years, having consumed alcohol and 47% of them having tried out illicit drugs. Looking at the college students, they are also known for being some of the notorious users of drugs and substances of various kinds, from marijuana, vape, prescription opioids and heavy alcohol intake, binge drinking. If at all these are not treated way in time, they can cause such serious damages to the health and wellbeing of the affected teens. Should you happen to be having a teen who is affected by such cases of addiction to drugs and substances, or even one who may just be experimenting with them, it is advisable to consider having them treated as soon as can be at a rehab facility. Bear in mind the fact that the repeated use of the drugs and substances such as alcohol before the brain is fully developed happens to leave one at a higher risk of getting addicted to the substance in question. And as such the need to ensure that you find them treatment as soon as is possible.