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Teen Alcohol And Drug Rehab Centers In North Dakota

Teens that begin using drugs and alcohol are much more likely to get addicted because their brains are still developing. The area of the brain that controls impulse behavior is immature. This is one reason drug treatment centers have separate programs for adolescents that abuse alcohol or drugs. Substance abuse treatment is based on the stage of the addiction, but for teens, finding ways to live without using drugs takes special care.

Teen Drug Abuse Statistics

The adolescent years are confusing, so teens in every state are vulnerable. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates 9.7 percent of 8th graders have tried alcohol and 8.1 percent had used drugs. That number goes up as teens grow older. By 12th grade, 35.3 percent are drinking and 23.6 use drugs.

Midwestern states like North Dakota fair a little better compared to the national averages. The Peace Garden State reports of teens between the ages of 12 to 17, 6.31 – 7.51 percent use illicit drugs. Around 1.91 to 2.13 percent of them need treatment, but will not receive it.

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Underlying Causes to Drug Abuse

Drug and alcohol abuse is often a way for teens to self-medicate. Mental health and behavioral problems are confusing at any age, but combined with peer pressure, bullying and surging hormones, they overwhelm many causing depression. In the U.S., 57.6 percent of young women experience a depressive episode growing up and 62.3 percent of teen boys become depressed. Around half of them do not get professional treatment.

In North Dakota, 9.9 percent of the teen population suffers from major depressive episodes and only around 43 percent get help. That leaves 57 percent of teens on their own trying to fight depression. Many of them will turn to drugs and alcohol to feel better.

Teen Treatment Options

Successful teen treatment options usually involve a combination of care approaches. The goal is to treat the whole person, not just the addiction. This means teens might undergo behavior counseling a long with individual and group therapy. Addiction professionals will look for an underlying cause for the abuse, such as depression and treat that, as well.

Families are often a major part of the care plan. Parents and siblings might become involved through family counseling. Parents will also undergo education on how to help their teen thrive without taking drugs or alcohol.

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