The best way to prevent your teen from becoming a drug addict is to handle it sooner rather than later. After all, more than 27% of teens reported abusing drugs in the past month, and almost one fourth of 10th graders and more than 37% of high school seniors admitted to drinking alcohol.
When trying to keep your teenager from applying to drug rehabs while all of their friends are applying to different colleges, take the following elements into consideration.
Lack of sleep. While your teens may not have a bedtime any more, that doesn’t mean that you should not still be monitoring their sleeping habits. After all, studies have proven that adolescents who didn’t get the recommended eight to 10 hours of sleep were found more likely to binge drink, drive under the influence, get into sexual situations they would later regret, and to abuse drugs. Needless to say, sleeping habits provide the needed foresight to predict future substance abuse problems.
Their friends. It comes as to surprise that who your kids spend the most time with will directly affect their life choices. This not only includes peers of the same age, but adults they look up to, such as their parents, other family members, family friends, teachers, coaches, etc. Make sure that your teen has quality people around them; it has been proven that teens are less likely to need to the help of Boca Raton drug rehabs if they know that others are paying attention to them and genuinely care about their well-being.
Coping skills. Most of the time, experimental substance abuse can evolve into your teen turning into a drug addict due to poor coping skills. Without an outlet to turn to for emotional pain, alcohol and drugs can be seen as a way to dampen any stress felt. Help prevent this from happening by teaching your child strategies for dealing with their pain without hurting themselves through the use of drugs. In the long run, it will not only help keep them on the straight and narrow, but it will also prove an invaluable tool for the workplace and adult relationships.
Mood disorders. It is not uncommon for teens to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol when they have an underlying mood disorder. Those with mood disorders can have a tendency to react in negative ways in order to relieve stress, which only further perpetuates the problem. At Treatment Alternatives, help for a dual-diagnosis is offered and could be the key getting to the root of the problem; handling two problems at the same time is one of the best way to successfully treat both a drug addiction and mood disorder.