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Teen Alcohol And Drug Rehab Centers In Illinois

Educating your kids on the risks and dangers associated with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction at an early age is an excellent strategy for helping your growing child make good decisions. If your teen is in danger of becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol or has shown signs of substance abuse, you have plenty of options in Illinois for getting your child back on track toward a bright future.

Why Do Adolescents Abuse Drugs?

So many factors influence teen drug and alcohol abuse that honing in on a single answer is difficult. It is no help that most teens believe they are invincible and take unneeded risks – like abusing legal and illegal substances. But, there are some common risk factors for teen drug and alcohol misuse including:

  • A family history of substance abuse
  • Depression, anxiety or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or another mental health issue
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Being a victim of abuse
    History of a traumatic event (car accident, witnessing a crime)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Share with Your Child the Consequences of Substance Abuse

As noted earlier, adolescents enjoy the belief that they are indestructible. It is every parent’s job to dissuade them from this belief; talk long and often with them about the inherent dangers of substance abuse including:

  • Impaired driving
  • Problems with concentration – leads to poor grades and may cause inability to get into college
  • Substance dependence
  • Unplanned and unsafe sex
  • Serious health problems – for example, Ecstasy is known to cause heart and liver problems and methamphetamine leads to psychotic behavior.

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Illinois Adolescent Substance Abuse Statistics

Overall, Illinois ranks in the middle tier of states battling adolescent substance abuse with around 9 percent of adolescents in the state having used illicit drugs. Illinois teens are next to the bottom tier of states with 11.2 to 12.4 percent of teens for marijuana use. Those adolescents needing but not receiving substance misuse treatment 2.62 to 2.42 percent, placing Illinois in the middle of the five tiers. Illinois ranks among the lowest of five tiers for teens suffering major depressive episodes; 5.29 to 6.22 percent puts the state in this tier.

Beyond these statistics, every parent should think about the mental wellness of their teenager and be aware of signs that point toward depression, emotional instability, mental illness, and drug or alcohol abuse.

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