Thursday, March 5, 2009

Why Early Intervention?

"Early intervention" means that your teen will be entering addiction treatment before the addiction takes over their lives. Take control of the situation while your teen is on his/her pre-stage of addiction. It is important to interfere as soon as you suspect your child is using drugs or abusing alcohol. Adolescents are more likely to abuse multiple substances (with prescription pills enjoying a recent surge in popularity). Also, studies have shown that teens are more likely to attempt suicide than addicted adults. Usually teens start substance abuse in a social setting and before they realize, drugs starts running their lives. Their daily focus turns into getting drugs and “getting high”. There is no one best way to talk your child into getting help and get them into an addiction treatment center. Most often then not, they do not admit they have a problem. They think everything under control. It is up to you as a parent to find out what is happening to your teen and get professional help when needed.

Sometimes your child’s pediatrician or family doctor can help. Most often parents will need professional "interventionists" to help their teens understand the need for treatment. Our teen addiction treatment center provides counselors to help with interventions. We at Inspirations Youth and Families understand that intervention is always a difficult situation, but we know, the alternative of doing nothing is the worst thing a parent can do.

Inspirations is here to help your teen and your family through this difficult process. To learn more about our teen addiction treatment services, please contact us.

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