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Teen Alcohol And Drug Rehab Centers In Alaska

Parents only want the best for their children, but adults and teens often don’t see eye to eye. If your teen’s experimentation with drugs or alcohol has turned into substance abuse, you can encourage them to receive treatment at a teen addiction recovery center. Such centers are important resources for teens and their families throughout Alaska.

Based on annual averages from 2013 to 2014, about 10 percent of Alaska teens have used illicit drugs in the past month. Also, about 3 percent of Alaska youths ages 12 to 17 need but are not receiving treatment for illicit drug use. In addition, about 4,000 12 to 17 year olds living in Alaska (7.4 percent of the total adolescent population in the state) had one or more major depressive episodes between 2009 to 2013. This is slightly lower than the national average percentage.

What is Adolescent Addiction Treatment?

Based on the above statistics, it’s clear to see: adults aren’t the only people who struggle with substance abuse. Fortunately, if your teenager is showing signs of addiction to drugs – including changes in behavior, breaking curfew, spending a lot of time in their room, smelling like smoke or alcohol, or possessing drug paraphernalia – you can find your teen the help he or she needs.

Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Options

Adolescent addiction treatment involves finding a program designed specifically to help youths overcome substance abuse. The first and one of the most common treatment options is counseling. Teen counseling often includes a family focus. One-on-one counseling addresses overcoming substance abuse, building skills, creating a recovery plan, and achieving social, family, and educational goals. Group counseling reinforces the pursuit of addiction recovery in a social environment.

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Treatments that involve daily visits or access to work programs are called partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient treatment. Teens attend regular treatment sessions several days per week. Once they’re ready, they step down to fewer treatments per week designed to sustain their complete recovery.

Residential inpatient treatment is a type of program focused on helping teens change their behaviors in a highly structured setting. Most teens need only short-term treatment of 30 days or less. The typical focus of inpatient treatment is on detoxification, or medically managed withdrawal. Other teenagers may need long-term inpatient treatment lasting 60, 90, or 120 days. Intensive treatment helps prepare teens to return to a normal social life.

Alternative methods also exist for treating drug and alcohol addiction. Holistic rehabilitation includes nutritional therapy, exercise, meditation, massage, and acupuncture. Linking the body and the mind during recovery helps many teens successfully overcome their addictions.

Finally, peer supporters play a powerful role in helping your teenager recover by sharing their own experiences about recovering from substance abuse. Talking with someone who truly understands what they’re going through helps teens see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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