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Teen Alcohol And Drug Rehab Centers In Kansas

There is a reason that more than 36 percent of high school seniors admit to trying drugs at one time or another. The developing brain of an adolescent gives them poor impulse control. Add to this the stressors teens face these days like peer pressure, bullying and the drive to get into a good college and many teens turn to drugs and alcohol just to cope. As of 2015, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 9.7 percent of 8th graders are already drinking alcohol. By the time they are sophomores in high school, that number is up to 21.5 percent.

In the Sunflower State of Kansas, between 7.52 and 8.37 percent of the teen population uses drugs of some kind. This includes teens from age 12 to 17. Of that group, only up to 2.13 percent get the help they need to beat substance abuse and addiction. Facilities are creating specialized programs designed to pinpoint the problems teens face and provide solutions.

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What is Teen Addiction Treatment?

A program that focuses on teen alcohol and drug abuse is specially designed to meet the needs of their changing bodies and complex lives. The teen brain is more susceptible to addiction because it is still developing. Teens have access to many of the same drugs as adults, but their push to experiment takes them to new levels, as well. Teens will use everyday products to get high like inhaling gas fumes or drinking cough syrup.

Addiction is often a double-edged sword, too. Teens that rely on drugs or alcohol for stress relief may be dealing with mental health issues such as depression or gender confusion. Around 21,000 Kansas teens, that is 9.4 percent of the adolescent population, have experienced at least one major depressive episode in their young lifetime and less than 59 percent of them received treatment. Drinking and taking drugs is thought of as a way to feel better.

An adolescent addiction program combines behavioral, individual, group, and family therapy to help teens find better ways to cope. It starts with detoxification to remove the negative chemicals from the body. Addiction professionals will look for underlying causes like depression when developing a treatment plan. This allows them to manage any mental health issues while treating the addiction. The dual diagnosis scenario puts teens on a path to sobriety that will last a lifetime.

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