Dealing with an adolescent who is abusing drugs or/and alcohol is not the easiest task. It is an age where you want to be “cool.” Furthermore, you want to be “part of the group” and if the kid chooses a wrong group than the consequences can be catastrophic. In looking for the “right” rehab program, one should pay attention to programs that have clinical approaches that actually treat the program and not just change one’s ideas about alcohol and drugs. Call our counsellors and discuss what would be best for your particular situation. Dealing with teens is not easy. A good method to get the kid’s awareness level higher is to educate them about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol use. With this method, they do not feel “forced” but it comes from their own determinism, which is more effective. In some cases, a good drug and alcohol treatment is necessary.
Parents may be too reasonable when accessing their child’s drug involvement because they also smoked marijuana when they were young. However, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Marijuana today is more dangerous than it was in the 60s and 70s. Some reports estimate that today’s marijuana is five times the strength than it was in the 1970s while other reports estimate the strength is as high as 25 times that of earlier decades.”
Some parents believe that supervised underage drinking or marijuana use is harmless. The idea is that if drinking is done in their home, kids won’t drink and drive or get into too much trouble. The problem with this is twofold. The Anti-Drug Campaign points out that, “People who begin drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who wait until age 21. Each additional year of delayed drinking onset reduces the probability of alcohol dependence by 14 percent.”
And kids aren’t the only ones who are hurt in this scenario. Parents, too, are harmed. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that, “Adults who serve or supply alcohol to persons under the age of 21 can be held liable, even if they’re not home when underage drinking occurs.”