Friday, November 30, 2012
Abuse of drugs and alcohol is a dangerous thing in individuals of any age, but is even more dangerous for teenagers, as they are still in the cusp of the developmental years. During this time, the brain is still hard-wiring itself, and the possibility of teens being hard-wired for chemical dependency is a very real and frightening possibility.
Kids in the 13 - 18 year old range have an unusually high risk of addiction to drugs and alcohol that can develop within a very short amount of time. The age group may become addicted to a substance after use of a drug or alcohol only once. This is why seeking treatment for teens -- at an early stage -- is so important.
12 step treatment centers are seeing an increased number in teens entering rehab in the past few years. The frightening thing about this, is that they are entering rehab for extremely dangerous chemicals, such as methamphetamine, heroin, and Oxycontin.
If you suspect that your teens are using drugs and/or alcohol, it is essential to seek the help of a drug counselor in order to verify whether or not the problem is advanced enough to necessitate a 12 step addiction recovery program.