Substance abuse is when your teen keeps taking a drug even though it causes a problem such as:
Substance abuse puts kids at greater risk for accidents, violence, unplanned and unsafe sex, and suicide. If your teen continues to abuse drugs, he can become dependent. When your teen is dependent on drugs, he:
Dependence is also called addiction.
Substances commonly abused by teens include Ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine, prescription medicines, alcohol, and others.
Short-term methods, lasting less than 6 months, include day treatment, medicine, and therapy.
Residential therapy often lasts much longer than 6 months. Your teen will live at the residential treatment home. Residential treatment programs are also used for teens that have gone back to substance abuse after treatment, or who have been in trouble with the law. Random urine tests are often part of these programs.
Talk to your teen about your suspicions and listen to what they tell you. Follow your instincts. If your teen has a problem with alcohol or drugs, it won't go away without treatment. If you suspect a problem, seek help from your healthcare provider, a mental health professional, or local treatment center.
Other things you can do to help your teen include:
You may want to contact: