More than 80% of youth who have completed a chemical dependency treatment program are unable to maintain sobriety after returning to their home, school, and old peer group. (Source: SAMSHA)
There’s nothing more gut-wrenching for a parent than to deal with their teenager’s drug addiction. It’s like a slow death, not just for the teen, but for the the entire family. And it won’t get better without treatment and ongoing support, sometimes spanning the addict’s entire life. That’s why it’s far better for parents to test for and catch substance abuse early, before it gets a foothold.
Sadly, more than a million teenagers are admitted every year to drug or alcohol abuse treatment programs. These adolescents come through a 30-, 60-, or 90-day treatment program, only to find it impossible to maintain their sobriety, because their peers and influences back home haven’t changed. Without ongoing help, they return to drinking or drugs most of the time. Continue reading “Teen Recovery from Substance Abuse”