Teenagers can sometimes be forgotten in the sphere of drug and alcohol use. Most times, the focus is on adults who are openly using the drugs or who have severe medical or mental problems associated with the illicit or dangerous use of these substances. However, teenagers are at high risk especially because their bodies and brains have not completely finished forming. Even one-time using alcohol or a drug, such as marijuana, can leave teenagers reeling for months or years to come.
The Importance of Treatment Programs
Drug or alcohol treatment programs are just as important for teenagers as they are for adults from Phelan to Barstow. At First Step Recovery Center in Victorville, we treat each teenager as an individual and create a treatment plan specifically designed for his or her needs and lifestyle. Our treatment programs can be performed on an outpatient basis, allowing teenagers to continue their schooling and extracurricular activities.
Listen to Pediatricians Regarding Health Conditions
In many cases of mild substance use, a pediatrician will only have what is known as a brief intervention with the teenager. During the intervention, the pediatrician will open a conversation that is designed to educate the teenager about the possible dangers of alcohol and drugs as well as about the benefits of making healthy lifestyle choices. These interventions can usually significantly reduce or stop alcohol and drug use.