Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ten Signs of Teen Depression for Immediate Attention

Teenage depression isn’t just bad moods and occasional melancholy. Depression is a serious problem that impacts every aspect of a teen’s life. Left untreated, teen depression can lead to problems at home and school, drug abuse, self-loathing - even irreversible tragedy such as homicidal violence or suicide. Here are teen signs that could indicate that your teen needs immediate care or attention.

1. A noticeable change in behavior such as becoming moody, mood swings, or with drawn for interaction.

2. Sleeping excessively or staying in their rooms for longer than normal periods of time.

3. Losing interest in usual routines or hobbies.

4. Stop socializing with friends.

5. Starting to get in trouble at school/ Performance in school decreases.

6. Experimenting with drugs, alcohol, and/ or criminal activity.

7. Sadness, anxiety, suicide thoughts/actions. Anger or rage, problem with authority.

8. Lack of motivation/ energy, fatigue. Lack of concentration, forgetfulness.

9. Poor self esteem or inappropriate amount of guilt.

10. Change in eating habits, rapid weight loss or gain.

If you’re unsure if an adolescent in your life is depressed or just “being a teenager,” consider how long the symptoms have been present, how severe they are, and how different the teen is acting from his or her usual self. While some “growing pains” are to be expected as teenagers grapple with the challenges of growing up, dramatic, long-lasting changes in personality, mood, or behavior are red flags of a deeper problem. Consult with a professional.

Inspirations for Youth and Families a nationally recognized, licensed residential treatment center, for teens ages 14 to 18 and their families specializing in treating teens suffering from depression and other destructive behaviors. Inspirations’ teen treatment center focuses on all aspects of teen behavioral issues. Our teen treatment programs are designed around a positive environment to boost the teens’ self-esteem and produce long term results.

For more information:
Depression Treatment Programs for Teens:
1-888-757-6237
http://www.inspirationsyouth.com/

Adults and Young Adults Depression Treatment Programs:
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Teen Encountering Problems with the Legal System

Occasionally, teens who are struggling with behavior issues, oppositional defiance, or substance use or abuse issues, act out in ways that cause them to encounter problems with the legal system.

Most teenagers on probation, holding court orders, or involved in the juvenile justice program are permitted to enter Addiction Treatment programs that have the ability to provide the level of supervision required by the juvenile courts.

Most teens are charged with misdemeanors. Misdemeanors transferred from a justice or municipal court typically include public intoxication, truancy, running away, inhalant abuse, and violation of school disciplinary codes that result in expulsion.

COMMON JUVENILE CHARGES:
• Public Disturbance
• Underage Alcohol Consumption
• Driving Under The Influence
• Possession of Marijuana

If your teen is in need of behavior treatment, alcohol abuse/addiction treatment and or counseling, reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away. If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us:

Addiction Treatment for Teens: 1-888-757-6237
http://www.inspirationsyouth.com
http://www.inspirationsteenrehab.com

Addiction Treatment for adults and young adults: 1-888-387-6237 http://www.covecenterforrecovery.com

What Are the Differences Between Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse?

Alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking that result in harm to one’s health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work.

Manifestations of alcohol abuse include the following:
According to National Surveys
- Failure to fulfill major responsibilities at work, school, or home
- Legal problems related to alcohol, such as being arrested for drinking while driving or for physically hurting someone while drunk
- Drinking in dangerous situations, such as drinking while driving or operating machinery
- Long-term alcohol abuse can turn into alcohol dependence
- Continued drinking despite ongoing relationship problems that are caused or worsened by drinking

Dependency on alcohol, also known as alcohol addiction and alcoholism, is a chronic disease. The signs and symptoms of alcohol dependence include:
-A strong craving for alcohol
- Continued use despite repeated physical, psychological, or interpersonal problems
- The inability to limit drinking

At Inspirations Teen Rehab, we approach alcoholism or alcohol dependency as a medical condition and our addiction treatment programs focuses on remission through abstinence. The extended care addiction treatment program at Inspirations Teen Rehab is intended as an extension of a primary treatment program or detoxification process.

We will assist the client in identifying and addressing the underlying neurological, psychological and spiritual factors that cause and maintain alcoholism. Our overarching objective at Inspirations Teen Rehab, is to enable our clients to embark on a journey of self-sustainable recovery in order to minimize or prevent the occurrence of relapse.

Reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away. If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us:

Addiction Treatment for Teens: 1-888-757-6237
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Addiction Treatment for adults and young adults: 1-888-387-6237 http://www.covecenterforrecovery.com/

Teen Binge Drinking

Adolescent Binge Drinking
Binge drinking is a common pattern of excessive alcohol use in the United States. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above. This typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks, and when women consume 4 or more drinks, in about 2 hours.

Most people who binge drink are not alcohol dependent.

According to national surveys Approximately 92% of U.S. adults who drink excessively report binge drinking in the past 30 days.

Although college students commonly binge drink, 70% of binge drinking episodes involve adults age 26 years and older. The prevalence of binge drinking among men is higher than the prevalence among women. Binge drinkers are 14 times more likely to report alcohol-impaired driving than non-binge drinkers.

About 90% of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinks. About 75% of the alcohol consumed by adults in the United States is in the form of binge drinks. The proportion of current drinkers that binge is highest in the 18- to 20-year-old group (51%).

If you or someone you know is in need of addiction treatment and or counseling, reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away. If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us:

Addiction Treatment for Teens: 1-888-757-6237
http://www.inspirationsyouth.com/
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Addiction Treatment for adults and young adults: 1-888-387-6237 http://www.covecenterforrecovery.com/

What is Court Ordered Treatment?


What is Court Ordered Treatment?
Teen substance abuse is an ongoing epidemic. It includes drug and alcohol addiction - two crucial issues the government has attempted to eradicate by implementing measures to assist in the war on substance abuse. When a drug offender is arrested, the judge generally orders him to undergo treatment.

Court-ordered treatment is also known as "coerced treatment" - the substance abuser is forced to undergo treatment ordered by the courts. The reasoning is the abuser does not possess the motivation or discipline necessary to seek treatment on her own, let alone overcome her addiction. This method is often a relief to family members who tried unsuccessfully to get the abuser to accept treatment.

What is Compulsory Drug Treatment?
Compulsory drug treatment occurs when someone who has, or is believed to have, a substance abuse problem is ordered into treatment by a civil or criminal court. This treatment may occur on an inpatient basis, an outpatient basis, or both.

Drug Courts
During the late 1980s, state courts changed their approach in handling substance offenders. They formed a separate court, "Drug Court," where treatment, and not crime, is the main focus. Drug court intervention is less costly than using the criminal justice system to process an offender. The benefits include: reduced drug use, more drug-free babies and a reduced relapse rate.

Inspirations For Youth and Families, LLC aka Inspirations Teen Rehab, provides a program and services in response to a teens and families needs to adhere to specific court orders, juvenile probation, or a juvenile diversion program. Court orders must not involve circumstances or charges, in which a teen was violent or a threat to others.

The mission of Inspirations Teen Rehab Juvenile Services Program, is to assist in the prevention of juvenile delinquent conduct, prevention of continued disruptive behavior, and the prevention of adolescent drug abuse, and to provide for the care and rehabilitation of teens.

Most teenagers on probation, holding court orders, or involved in the juvenile justice program are permitted to enter Inspirations Teen Rehab due to our commitment and ability to provide the level of supervision required by the juvenile courts.

Most teens are charged with misdemeanors. Misdemeanors transferred from a justice or municipal court typically include public intoxication, truancy, running away, inhalant abuse, and violation of school disciplinary codes that result in expulsion.

If you or someone you know is in need of addiction treatment and or counseling, reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away. If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us:

Addiction Treatment for Teens: 1-888-757-6237
http://www.inspirationsyouth.com/
http://www.inspirationsteenrehab.com/

Addiction Treatment for adults and young adults: 1-888-387-6237 http://www.covecenterforrecovery.com/

OxyContin Most Abused Prescription Drug

Over nine years ago some ordinary people and some law enforcement individuals saw the dangers of OxyContin abuse first hand. They suspected this drug abuse to be different than any other drug addiction and abuse they had seen before. Never the less they refused to call it an epidemic and even under-estimated the devastating effect of the new phenomenon.

To get a glimpse of their belief here is the excerpt of an article about OxyContin being most common abused drug on the streets of Western Pennsylvania
“Authorities expect to be fighting OxyContin abuse for at least another six to 12 months. But as the buzz begins about the next hot street drug, it's liable to just fade away.”

"OxyContin is just fashionable right now. It's sort of a fad drug. Predictions are that in a year or two the fad will pass and we'll have to worry about something else," said Leon Rodriguez, first assistant U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh.

As we all know that didn’t happen and today, nine years later, OxyContin is still a formidable drug addiction that destroys lives, families and properties.

Some were wondering whether enough emphasis and resources is being poured in that fight against drug abuse.

By Jonathan D. Silver, the writer of the article wrote: “Although Pennsylvania has joined Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia on the short list of states with widespread OxyContin problems, no one is calling it an epidemic.”

He again writes in that article “with startling speed and sometimes deadly consequences, the prescription painkiller OxyContin has shifted from sensation to scourge in Western Pennsylvania.”

"It just took off overnight," said Rod Miller, the chief detective in the Cambria County district attorney's office and a task force supervisor.

The users of OxyContin were reported to range from teens to 70 year old addicts. They were from Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair, from the private schools to low income neighborhoods.

In Johnstown, there were reports of pharmacy break-ins and strong-arm robberies where only OxyContin is taken. Addiction to OxyContin was described by those abusing it to be powerful and overwhelming.

One 20 year old addict that was interviewed for that article described his addiction this way "On a regular day, a good day, I'd do up to about 250 milligrams a day, 300 easy," he said. "Ten, 15 minutes after I'd wake up, I'd need something in me to get me down the stairs to talk to my wife and kid."

The ground zero for abuse in the article printed 9 years ago was described to be Cambria County, which had seen at least eight OxyContin-related deaths since 1999, running just ahead of Blair County's seven deaths, according to the coroners in both counties. There also have been deaths attributed to OxyContin in Butler, Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Somerset counties.

These days, prescription drug abuse is one of the major reasons for a drug addict to check in to a rehab facility. Drug rehab facilities have learned and have changed a lot from 9 years ago. There are special programs in place in many good drug rehab facilities dealing specifically with prescription drug abuse by teens or by adults. Two such facilities are Inspiration Teens and Families, a teen rehab center, catering to 12 to 18 year old alcohol and drug abusers and Cove Center for Recovery, an adult male and female rehab center for 18 year olds and up.

Reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away. If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us:

Inspirations for Youth and FamiliesAddiction Treatment for Teens: 1-888-757-6237
http://www.inspirationsyouth.com/

Cove Center for Recovery Addiction Treatment for adults and young adults: 1-888-387-6237
http://www.covecenterforrecovery.com/

High Problematic Substance Among Teens, K2 Has Been Banned

Synthetic Marijuana (K2, Spice) which has become a highly problematic substance among young adults has been banned. On November 24, 2010, Drug Enforcement Administration Officials finally imposed a nationwide ban to the "legal weed", K2, due to the alarming rise in reported abuse. Also known as Spice the herbal blend has been sold in small, silvery plastic bags of dried leaves and marketed as incense that can be smoked. Easy available at convenience stores and specialty shops K2 mimics the effects of marijuana and has gained alarming popularity for such copycat abilities.

The ban is to take effect in the next 30 days or so and it will make illegal for at least a year to sell or possess products containing the five chemicals found in K2. Some 15 states already have banned some or all "legal high" products. When the waiting period expires, sale or possession of the substances will be a federal crime.

"Legal high" products claim to be mixtures of herbs that can be smoked for a psychedelic effect. But the herbs listed on the package label often are missing from the actual product. Instead, the product contains a leafy mixture that is spiked with a designer drug -- usually one of the five drugs listed by the DEA. The same product often is spiked with different doses of different drugs, making it impossible for users to know what they are taking.
Unlike cannabis, which has been used by humans for millennia, the new synthetic marijuana had never been tested in humans.

Street Names: Bliss, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Fake Weed, Genie, Nice, Guy, Oasis, Spice, Zohai
Ingredients: Beach Bean, White and Blue Water Lily, Rosehip, Blue Lotus

Mean Chemical Ingredient: JWH-018

Methods of Abuse: K2 products are usually smoked in joints or pipes, but some users make it into a tea.

Effect on the Mind: Psychological effects are similar to those of marijuana and include paranoia, panic attacks, and giddiness.

Effect on the Body: Physiological effects of K2 include increased heart rate and increase of blood pressure. It appears to be stored in the body for long periods of time, and therefore the long-term effects on humans are not fully known. If you or someone you know is in need of addiction treatment and or counseling, reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away. If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us:
Addiction Treatment for Teens: 1-888-757-6237


Addiction Treatment for adults and young adults: 1-888-387-6237 http://www.covecenterforrecovery.com/

Benefits of Specialized Schools for Troubled Teens

Nowadays, parents who experience problems with their teens such as refusal to attend school, behavior problems, use of alcohol, marijuana, or other substances, have the choice of enrolling their teens at specialized schools. These specialized schools have come to be known as "Schools for Troubled Teens" or Therapeutic Boarding Schools". These Therapeutic Boarding Schools or Schools for Troubled Teens, provide the the most needed attention and therapeutical services to support the needs of a teen who are abusing drugs and alcohol and/or are demonstrating other self destructive behaviors. Schools for Troubled Teens not only provide counseling and education but also the most needed structured daily living.

By attending a specialized School for Trouble Teens your adolescent will have the opportunity to keep their high school credits, get addiction treatment*, work on coping skills, accountability, respect, morals and ethics, stress management, anger management, solution oriented thinking and planning, and take part on various therapeutic and recreational modalities. Most Specialized School for Troubled Teens also creates an individual treatment plan to address the teen/child specific needs and work the problem out during individual and/or group therapies.

Most parents recognize when their child needs help. If your teen is struggling with marijuana use or any other substance in general seek help. Early enrollment at a Specialized School for Troubled Teens providing addiction treatment can prevent a tragic outcome and prevent your loved one from becoming a statistic. One such specialized addiction treatment center for troubled teens that you should include in your choices, is Inspirations Teen Rehab.

Inspirations Teen Rehab, an Adolescent Addiction Treatment Center will help you navigate the path of finding the right rehab center and point you, at least, in the right direction.

All treatment programs at Inspirations Teen Rehab are specifically put together to deal with teens addictions. They offer outpatient, inpatient and residential addiction treatment programs with extracurricular activities and continuing educational programs. Their programs are geared toward treatment and relapse prevention through sports, education, counseling and group and famiy therapies.

You can contact one of their licensed therapists by calling 1-888-757-6237, or get information about their facility by visiting their website at:http://www.inspirationsyouth.comhttp://www.inspirationsteenrehab.com

They also have a separate facility offering addiction treatment for young adults and adults. Contact their adult facility by calling 1-888-387-6237
or visit their website at: http://www.covecenterforrecovery.com

Risks of Teen Prescription Drug Addiction


Prescription drugs when abused - that is, taken by someone other than the patient for whom the medication was prescribed, or taken in a manner or dosage other than that it was prescribed can produce serious adverse health effects, including addiction.


Similarly, some OTC medications, such as cough and cold medicines containing dextromethorphan, have beneficial effects when taken as recommended; but they can also be abused and lead to serious adverse health consequences. Parents should be aware of the potential for abuse of these medications, especially when consumed in large quantities, which should signal concern and the possible need for intervention.

Risks of Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Used by Teens Opioids (used to treat pain):

• Addiction. Prescription opioids act on the same receptors as heroin and therefore can be highly addictive. People who abuse them sometimes alter the route of administration (e.g., snorting or injecting vs. taking orally) to intensify the effect; some even report moving from prescription opioids to heroin.


• Overdose. Abuse of opioids, alone or in combination with alcohol or other drugs, can depress respiration and lead to death. Overdose is a major concern: the number of fatal poisonings involving prescription pain relievers has more than tripled since 1999.

• Heightened HIV risk. Injecting opioids increases the risk of HIV and other infectious diseases through use of unsterile or shared equipment.


CNS Depressants (used to treat anxiety and sleep problems):

• Addiction and dangerous withdrawal symptoms. These drugs are addictive and, in chronic users or abusers, discontinuing them absent a physician's guidance can bring about severe withdrawal symptoms, including seizures that can be life-threatening.

• Overdose. High doses can cause severe respiratory depression. This risk increases when CNS depressants are combined with other medications or alcohol.


Stimulants (used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy):

• Addiction and other health consequences. These include psychosis, seizures, and cardiovascular complications.

Teen Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment:

Psychology plays a bigger role in the addicted teens than other groups of addicts. Inclusion of family, especially in the teen's drug rehabilitation treatment, is critical to the success of the treatment. This is the reason that rehab facilities include parents and family members in their addiction therapy programs.


Another important part of teen’s addiction treatment is addressing his or her educational needs. It is crucial to minimize the impact of treatment on the child’s education and his chance of graduating from high school, while away from home in the treatment center. For this reason, most specialized adolescent teen rehab facilities, provide educational program alongside the addiction treatment.


Most parents recognize when their child needs help. If you find out that your teen is struggling with prescription drug abuse or any other substance seeking help early can prevent a tragic outcome and stop your loved one from becoming another statistics.


Inspirations Teen Rehab, Adolescent Addiction Treatment Center will help you navigate the path of finding the right rehab center and point you, at least, in the right direction.


You can contact one of their licensed therapists by calling 1-888-757-6237, or get information about their facility by visiting their website at: http://www.inspirationsyouth.com/http://www.inspirationsteenrehab.com/


They also have a separate facility offering addiction treatment for young adults and adults. Contact their adult facility by calling 1-888-387-6237 or visit their website at http://www.covecenterforrecovery.com/

Teen Marijuana Addiction and Facilities That Provide Effective Treatment

Teens use drugs and get addicted to many different types of drugs in the process. One common teen drug addiction is marijuana addiction. There are no medications for treating marijuana addiction at this time. However, different types of marijuana addiction treatment programs are available that effectively deal with teen marijuana addiction. All marijuana addiction treatment programs focus on counseling and group support system. The treatment type chosen for a teen is determined by the adolescent's level of use and his or her mental health and medical issues. Treatments vary in length. Excluding detoxification, which as discussed above is not one of the options for marijuana, all treatments last more than a few weeks. some treatment, such as long-term residential treatment can last 30 days or longer.

Effective treatment of marijuana addiction, like all drug addictions, requires personalized treatment plan that not only addresses the specific drug involved but the addicted person's personality and circumstances of use.

Psychology plays a bigger role in the addicted teens than other groups of addicts. Inclusion of family, especially in the teen's drug rehabilitation treatment, is critical to the success of the treatment. This is the reason that rehab facilities include parents and family members in their addiction therapy programs.

Choosing a teen marijuana rehab treatment facility, involves the understanding of the facility’s personalized teen oriented rehabilitation program and how it takes into account the developmental needs of the teens. It is not uncommon for teens with drug or alcohol problems to be dealing with some type of mental issues too. The facility of choice should be able to treat those mental health issues as well.

Another important part of teen’s addiction treatment is addressing his or her educational needs. It is crucial to minimize the impact of treatment on the child’s education and his chance of graduating from high school, while away from home in the treatment center. For this reason, specialized adolescent teen rehab facilities, provide educational program alongside the addiction treatment.

Additionally, addiction treatment facilities specializing in teen's addictions, offer extra-curricular activities such as sports and educational outings. These types of activities help teens complete the treatment to start with and will positively influence teen’s social behaviors such as team play skills, trust in others, sense of responsibility and self-confidence. Before choosing a treatment facility for your teen, talk to the facility’s counselor or therapist, ask questions about the staff, the facility and the addiction treatment programs they offer.

As everyone agrees, choosing the right treatment facility is the most important step in choosing the right treatment.Most parents recognize when their child needs help. If you find out that your teen is struggling with marijuana use or substance abuse in general, seeking help early can prevent a tragic outcome and stop your loved one from becoming another statistics.

One such specialized treatment center that you should include in your choices, is Inspirations Teen Rehab. Inspirations Teen Rehab, an Adolescent Addiction Treatment Center will help you navigate the path of finding the right rehab center and point you, at least, in the right direction.

All treatment programs at Inspirations Teen Rehab are specifically put together to deal with teens addictions. They offer outpatient, inpatient and residential addiction treatment programs with extracurricular activities and continuing educational programs. Their programs are geared toward treatment and relapse prevention through sports, education, counseling and group and famiy therapies.

You can contact one of their licensed therapists by calling 1-888-757-6237, or get information about their facility by visiting their website at:
http://www.inspirationsyouth.com
http://www.inspirationsteenrehab.com

They also have a separate facility offering addiction treatment for young adults and adults. Contact their adult facility by calling 1-888-387-6237 or visit their website at http://www.covecenterforrecovery.com

Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Research: a New Factor Influences the Probability of Teen Drug Abuse

Over the years there has been an increase in substance abuse which has led to an increase in substance and drug addiction. As teens begin to abuse substances more often, parents are beginning to wonder what influences teen drug use. Many factors can influence the likelihood of a teen experimenting with drugs. New research has found a new factor that is not commonly heard of in most of the information currently available.

The national center on Addiction and Substance abuse at Columbia University has found new research which identifies a new factor that can influence teenage substance abuse. According to the new research, family dinners can influence the probability of a teen using drugs. When teens who have family dinner often, five to seven times a week, are compared to teens who have family dinner infrequently, less than three times a week, the findings show that the teens who have dinner infrequently are twice as likely to expect to try drugs in the future. Seventy-two percent of teens believe that having frequent family dinners is important. Teens that do not often have family dinners are found to be twice as likely to have used tobacco, twice as likely to have used alcohol, and one and a half time likelier to have smoked marijuana. Teens that have family dinners are less likely to have friends who participate in substance abuse.

If you or someone you know is struggling with prescription drug abuse or addiction and is in need of help, Inspirations Teen Rehab offers a flexible and affordable teen addiction treatment program. Our aim is to treat the whole person, and not just an isolated symptom. During the addiction treatment process we will work with the teen to identify the factors that may have contributed to the prescription drug abuse and addiction – home, friends and medical history. We also believe that families have a vital role to play in the recovery process, and each addiction treatment program has a place for family participation, to educate them in the treatment process and to equip them for their role as supporters.

Reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away. If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us:

Teen Addiction Help: 1-888-757-6237

Addiction Treatment for Young Adults and Adults : 1-888-387-6237 http://www.covecenterforrecovery.com/

Teens Abusing Depressants

Teens usually abuse depressants to experience euphoria. Depressants are also used with other drugs to add to the other drugs' high or to deal with their side effects. Teen abusers take higher doses than people taking the drugs under a doctor's supervision for therapeutic purposes.

When a teen abuses depressants their mental functioning and judgment are impaired causing confusion and amnesia. Therefore, teens abusing depressants will have no recollection or events that occurred while under the influence. So, many times you will see the misuse of depressants to facilitate sexual assault. Also, abuse of depressants reduces the teen's reaction time.

Teens can rapidly develop dependence on and tolerance to depressants, meaning you need more and more of them to feel and function normally. This makes them unsafe, increasing the likelihood of coma or death.

As the abuse of depressants can relax the muscles, unwanted physical effects may occur, such as: slurred speech, lack of coordination, weakness, headache, lightheadedness, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, and slowed breathing. Unlike barbiturates, large doses of benzodiazepines are rarely fatal unless combined with other drugs or alcohol. But unlike the withdrawal syndrome seen with most other drugs of abuse, withdrawal from depressants can be life threatening.

High doses of depressants or use of them with alcohol or other drugs can slow heart rate and breathing enough to cause death.

Common Depressants: Valium®, Halcion®, Ativan®, Klonopin®, Restoril® and Rohypnol®

Depressants Street Names: Barbs, Benzos, Downers, Georgia Home Boy, GHB, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid X, Nerve Pills, Phennies, R2, Reds, Roofies, Rophies, Tranks, Yellows

In the early stages of drug use/abuse it is difficult to separate typical adolescent behavior from chemically induced behavior. Some teens may not show obvious symptoms even in more advanced stages, and the parent may only sense something is wrong. Most teens, however, will exhibit many of the signs above, which can develop over a period of a few months or years. If you sense something is not right with your teen, we recommend that you take action to prevent a tragic outcome. Teen addiction and behavioral problems can be so severe that they can only be properly addressed with professional help in a controlled environment, such as our Teen Residential Addiction Treatment Center and Specialty School/Academy.

Reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away. If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us:

Teen Addiction Help: 1-888-757-6237
http://www.inspirationsteenrehab.com/

Addiction Treatment for Young Adults and Adults : 1-888-387-6237 http://www.covecenterforrecovery.com/

Teen Cocaine Abuse and Addiction Treatment



Cocaine Street Names:Coca, Coke, Crack, Flake, Snow, Soda Cot, Blow, C, Marching powder, Nose candy

Cocaine is a strong addictive stimulant that produces an intense euphoria. Teens can abuse cocaine by snorting or injecting it into the veins after dissolving the powder in water. They can also abuse cocaine/crack by smoking it alone or mixing it with either marijuana or tobacco. Teens also abuse cocaine in combination with an opiate, like heroin, a practice known as "speedballing." Although injecting into veins or muscles, snorting, and smoking are the common ways of using cocaine, all mucous membranes readily absorb cocaine. Cocaine users typically binge on the drug until they are exhausted or run out of cocaine.


The intensity of cocaine’s euphoric effects depends on how quickly the drug reaches the brain, which depends on the dose and method of abuse. Following smoking or intravenous injection, cocaine reaches the brain in seconds, with a rapid buildup in levels. This results in a rapid-onset, intense euphoric effect known as a “rush.” By contrast, the euphoria caused by snorting cocaine is less intense and does not happen as quickly due to the slower build-up of the drug in the brain. Other effects include increased alertness and excitation, as well as restlessness, irritability, and anxiety in some users. Physiological effects of cocaine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dilated pupils, insomnia and loss of appetite. The widespread abuse of highly pure street cocaine has led to many severe adverse health consequences such as cardiac arrhythmias, ischemic heart conditions, sudden cardiac arrest, convulsions, strokes and death. In some users, the long-term use of inhaled cocaine has led to a unique respiratory syndrome, and chronic snorting of cocaine has led to the erosion of the upper nasal cavity.

Tolerance to cocaine’s effects develops rapidly, causing users to take higher and higher doses. Taking high doses of cocaine or prolonged use, such as binging, usually causes paranoia. The crash that follows euphoria is characterized by mental and physical exhaustion, sleep, and depression lasting several days. Following the crash, users experience a craving to use cocaine again.

Overdose effects include agitation, increased body temperature, hallucinations, convulsions and possible death.

In the early stages of drug use/abuse it is difficult to separate typical adolescent behavior from chemically induced behavior. Some teens may not show obvious symptoms even in more advanced stages, and the parent may only sense something is wrong. Most teens, however, will exhibit many of the signs above, which can develop over a period of a few months or years. If you sense something is not right with your teen, we recommend that you take action to prevent a tragic outcome. Teen addiction and behavioral problems can be so severe that they can only be properly addressed with professional help in a controlled environment, such as our Teen Residential Addiction Treatment Center and Specialty School/Academy.

Reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away. If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us:



Addiction Treatment for Young Adults and Adults : 1-888-387-6237 http://www.covecenterforrecovery.com/

Most Popular Prescription Drugs Abused by Teens



According to Prescription Drug Abuse, prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused category of drugs, running a close second behind marijuana and well ahead of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines. In 2000, about 43 percent of emergency room visits for drug overdoses occurred because of the misuse of prescription drugs. The top 10 most abused prescription drugs may be listed in differing order depending on the statistical information used.

Hydrocodone
Hydrocodone belongs to the class of drugs called opioids, which are used for pain control in individuals who have moderate to severe pain. Opioids can be taken by mouth, crushed and snorted or injected. A number of deaths have been reported with injection of drugs intended for slow release in the body such as OxyContin, which is a derivative of hydrocodone. Opioids may cause constipation and drowsiness and can depress the rate of breathing and lead to death.

Codeine
Codeine is another opioid. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), codeine may cause respiratory depression and arrest, nausea, confusion, constipation, sedation and coma. The Drug Enforcement Administration says codeine is the most widely used narcotic in medical treatment and is one of the starting materials used to develop hydrocodone. It is usually taken in pill form and can be found in combination with acetaminophen or aspirin or as a cough suppressant in liquid form.

"Xanax"
"Xanax" is used for anxiety disorders, panic disorders and anxiety caused by depression. Drinking alcohol with "Xanax" increases the effects of the alcohol. According to drugs.com, "Xanax" is habit forming and should never be prescribed for people with a history of abuse or addiction to prescription drugs. Side effects can include risk-taking behavior, depression, hyperactivity, light-headedness, seizures, muscle twitching, jaundice and less frequent urination.

Adderall
Adderall is another stimulant that gained national attention when the son of former Vice President Al Gore was arrested for possessing Adderall, marijuana and Valium. Adderall is used to get a speedy high or "pull an all-nighter" to study.

Ritalin
Ritalin is a stimulant designed to increase alertness, attention and energy. It is commonly prescribed to children who have attention deficit disorder but is now a drug of choice among college students who are interested in staying up longer and studying harder. According to NIDA, the medication is usually taken orally, but people also dissolve it and inject the solution. However, it contains insoluble fillers that can block small blood vessels and cause tissue death.

Valium
Valium is the registered brand name of Diazepam. It is an anti-anxiety drug that changes the chemical balance in the brain and is often prescribed for alcohol withdrawal, shakiness, agitation and muscle pain. According to Prescription Drug Abuse, it is very common and easy to obtain. The body builds up a tolerance over just one month. Symptoms of abuse depend upon how long and at what level the person has been using the drug.

If you or someone you know is struggling with prescription drug abuse or addiction and is in need of help, Inspirations Teen Rehab offers a flexible and affordable teen addiction treatment program. Our aim is to treat the whole person, and not just an isolated symptom. During the addiction treatment process we will work with the teen to identify the factors that may have contributed to the prescription drug abuse and addiction – home, friends and medical history. We also believe that families have a vital role to play in the recovery process, and each addiction treatment program has a place for family participation, to educate them in the treatment process and to equip them for their role as supporters.

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Diagnosing and Treating Teen Behavior Problems



For most parents and professionals, it is comforting to have a point at which teen problematic behavior can be identified or diagnosed. For most people, this denotes the beginning of the search to find a solution and an understanding of the behavior. For insurance companies and subsequently, mental health professionals and medical doctors, a diagnosis is necessary to establish a basis for which insurance payment for treatment or therapeutic services can be granted. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder, are commonly diagnosed disorders for teenage behavioral problems. There are other disorders associated with behavioral issues such as Adjustment Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).


A diagnosis is not the only source or beginning point for which teens, parents, and professionals begin to work toward a solution. Therapeutic approaches such as Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychotherapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (to name a few), are also the first steps towards solutions and healing for everyone involved.

TEEN BEHAVIOR TREATMENT PROGRAM
Inspirations Teen Rehab has created a behavioral treatment program for teens and families. The behavior treatment program includes therapeutic methods and skill building activities that are effective in working with adolescents:

• Psychotherapy
• Solution-Focused Therapy
• Trauma Therapy
• Individual Therapy
• Group Therapy
• Family Therapy
• Recreational Therapy
• Art Therapy
• Music Therapy
• Anger Management Skills
• Stress Management Skills
• Coping Skills
• Decision Making Skills
• Motivational Skills
• Communication Skills
• Team Building Skills
• Life Skills
• Physical Exercise Program
• Therapeutic High School Academic Program

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Over the Counter (OTC) Teen Cold Medication Abuse

DXM is a cough suppressor found in more than 120 over-the-counter (OTC) cold medications, either alone or in combination with other drugs such as analgesics (e.g. acetaminophen), antihistamines (e.g. chlorpheniramine), decongestants (e.g. pseudoephedrine) and/or expectorants (e.g. guaifenesin). The typical adult dose for cough is 15 or 30 mg taken three to four times daily. The cough-suppressing effects of DXM persist for 5 to 6 hours after taken. When taken as directed, side-effects are rarely observed.

DXM when abused in high doses causes euphoria and visual and auditory hallucinations. Some of the many psychoactive effects associated with high-dose DXM include confusion, inappropriate laughter, agitation, paranoia, hallucinations and other sensory changes, including the feeling of floating and changes in hearing and touch.

Abusers take various amounts depending on their body weight and the effect they are attempting to achieve. Some abusers ingest 250 to 1,500 milligrams in a single dosage, far more than the recommended therapeutic dosages described above. Illicit use of DXM is referred to on the street as "Robo-tripping," "skittling” or “dexing." The first two terms are derived from the products that are most commonly abused, Robitussin and Coricidin HBP. DXM abuse has traditionally involved drinking large volumes of the OTC liquid cough preparations. More recently, however, abuse of tablet and gel capsule preparations has increased. These newer, high-dose DXM products have particular appeal for abusers: They are much easier to consume; they eliminate the need to drink large volumes of unpleasant-tasting syrup; and they are easily portable and concealed, allowing an abuser to continue to abuse DXM throughout the day, whether at school or work. DXM powder, sold over the Internet, is also a source of DXM for abuse. (The powdered form of DXM poses additional risks to the abuser due to the uncertainty of composition and dose.) DXM is also distributed in illicitly manufactured tablets containing only DXM or mixed with other drugs such as pseudoephedrine and/or methamphetamine. DXM is abused by individuals of all ages but its abuse by teenagers and young adults is of particular concern. This abuse is fueled by DXM’s OTC availability and extensive "how to" abuse information on various web sites. The 2006 Monitoring the Future (MTF) showed that 4%, 5%, and 7% of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students, respectively, reported nonmedical use of DXM during the previous year. This was the first year MTF added DXM to the survey for students.

Long-term abuse of DXM is associated with severe psychological dependence. Abusers of DXM describe the following four dose-dependent "plateaus:"

Plateau Dose (mg) Behavioral Effects
1st 100–200 Mild stimulation
2nd 200–400 Euphoria and hallucinations
3rd 300– 600 Distorted visual perceptions Loss of motor coordination
4th 500-1500 Out-of-body sensations.

Most DXM-related deaths are caused by ingesting the drug in combination with other drugs. DXM-related deaths also occur from impairment of the senses, which can lead to accidents.

Teen Drug Treatment for OTC drug abuse and addiction is found in a teen drug rehab that incorporates an individual treatment plan and an educational component for Over The Counter drug abuse, in the teen drug rehabilitation program. The purpose of choosing to send a teen to a teen drug rehab is to address the drug abuse behavior immediately and prevent permanent damage to the teen. In teen rehab, teens will learn the skills necessary to live a fun sober life. Teens will gain an understanding of the cycle of addiction, gain knowledge of the 12 steps to recovery, cultivate individual accountability for daily life responsibilities, and begin to focus on family life and participation in the family, respecting and adhering to family structure, rules, boundaries, and guidelines. Teen rehab also provides numerous therapies to address issues that may have led to a teen “self medicating”. Therapies include individual, group, family, trauma, coping skills, education, music and art therapy, as well as a variety of experiential and holistic therapies.

If you know or suspect a teen is abusing or addicted to Over The Counter drugs, call for help. Inspirations Teen Rehab is a nationally recognized adolescent drug treatment center, designed to meet the needs of teens and their families.

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Why do people cut? - Cutting Treatment / Self Harm


Although cutting may provide some temporary relief from a terrible feeling, even people who cut agree that it isn't a good way to get that relief. For one thing, the relief doesn't last. The troubles that triggered the cutting remain — they're just masked over.

People don't usually intend to hurt themselves permanently when they cut. And they don't usually mean to keep cutting once they start. But both can happen. It's possible to misjudge the depth of a cut, making it so deep that it requires stitches (or, in extreme cases, hospitalization). Cuts can become infected if a person uses non-sterile or dirty cutting instruments — razors, scissors, pins, or even the sharp edge of the tab on a can of soda.

Most people who cut aren't attempting suicide. Cutting is usually a person's attempt at feeling better, not ending it all. Although some people who cut do attempt suicide, it's usually because of the emotional problems and pain that lie behind their desire to self-harm, not the cutting itself.

Cutting can be habit forming. It can become a compulsive behavior — meaning that the more a person does it, the more he or she feels the need to do it. The brain starts to connect the false sense of relief from bad feelings to the act of cutting, and it craves this relief the next time tension builds. When cutting becomes a compulsive behavior, it can seem impossible to stop. So cutting can seem almost like an addiction, where the urge to cut can seem too hard to resist. A behavior that starts as an attempt to feel more in control can end up controlling you.

There are better ways to deal with troubles than cutting — healthier, long-lasting ways that don't leave a person with emotional and physical scars. The first step is to get help with the troubles that led to the cutting in the first place.

Tell someone about your cutting problem. People who have stopped cutting often say the first step is the hardest — admitting to or talking about cutting. But they also say that after they open up about it, they often feel a great sense of relief. Choose someone you trust to talk to at first (a parent, school counselor, teacher, coach, doctor, or nurse). If it's too difficult to bring up the topic in person, write a note. Identify the trouble that's triggering the cutting. Cutting is a way of reacting to emotional tension or pain. Try to figure out what feelings or situations are causing you to cut. Is it anger? Pressure to be perfect? Relationship trouble? A painful loss or trauma? Mean criticism or mistreatment? Identify the trouble you're having, then tell someone about it. Many people have trouble figuring this part out on their own. This is where a mental health professional can be helpful.

Ask for help. Tell someone that you want help dealing with your troubles and the cutting. If the person you ask doesn't help you get the assistance you need, ask someone else. Sometimes adults try to downplay the problems teens have or think they're just a phase. If you get the feeling this is happening to you, find another adult (such as a school counselor or nurse) who can make your case for you.

Contact professionals/facilities that will help you with your cutting problem. Most people with deep emotional pain or distress need to work with a counselor or mental health professional to sort through strong feelings, heal past hurts, and to learn better ways to cope with life's stresses. Although cutting can be a difficult pattern to break, it is possible. Getting professional help to overcome the problem doesn't mean that a person is weak or crazy.

Inspirations Teen Rehab Therapists and counselors are trained to help people discover inner strengths that help them heal. These inner strengths can then be used to cope with life's other problems in a healthy way.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Teen Huffing/Inhalant Abuse and Treatment

If you’ve ever come across a smelly marker, you’ve experienced an inhalant. They seem harmless, but they can actually be quite dangerous. Inhalants are chemical vapors that people inhale on purpose to get “high.” The vapors produce mind-altering, and sometimes disastrous, effects. These vapors are in a variety of products common in almost any home or workplace. Examples are some paints, glues, gasoline, and cleaning fluids. Many people do not think of these products as drugs because they were never meant to be used to achieve an intoxicating effect. But when they are intentionally inhaled to produce a “high,” they can cause serious harm.

Although inhalants differ in their effects, they generally fall into the following categories:

[b]Volatile Solvents[/b], liquids that vaporize at room temperature
[b]Aerosols[/b], sprays that contain propellants and solvents
[b]Gases[/b], that may be in household or commercial products, or used as medical anesthetics
[b]Nitrites[/b], a class of inhalants used primarily as sexual enhancers. Organic nitrites include amyl, butyl, and cyclohexyl nitrites and other related compounds.

[b]What Are the Common Street Names?[/b]
Common slang for inhalants includes "laughing gas" (nitrous oxide), "snappers" (amyl nitrite), "poppers" (amyl nitrite and butyl nitrite), "whippets" (fluorinated hydrocarbons, found in whipped cream dispensers), "bold" (nitrites), and "rush" (nitrites).

Statistics show that one in five students in America has used an inhalant to get high by the time he or she reaches the eighth grade. The largest demographic to abuse are teenagers ages 12 to 17. The next group that follows them is the 18 to 25 age group. Huffing is extremely dangerous. Huffing involves inhaling volatile substances, in order to get high.

Huffing is an addictive behavior and a growing addiction among the adolescent/teen population. Seek professional assistance immediately. Inspiration’s Teen Rehab specializes in residential adolescent addiction treatment with individualized treatment for “huffing” abuse and/or addiction. A call today can save your teen’s life.

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Teen Marijuana Abuse, Addiction and Treatment


Teens use Marijuana in many ways. The most common method is smoking loose marijuana rolled into a cigarette called a “joint” or “nail.” Sometimes marijuana is smoked through a water pipe called a “bong.” Others smoke “blunts”—cigars hollowed out and filled with the drug. And some users brew it as tea or mix it with food.

Some people mistakenly believe that “everybody's doing it” and use that as an excuse to start using marijuana themselves. Well, they need to check the facts, because that’s just not true. According to a 2009 survey called Monitoring the Future, about 7 percent of 8th-graders, 16 percent of 10th-graders, and 21 percent of 12th-graders had used marijuana in the month before the survey. In fact, marijuana use declined from the late 1990s through 2007, with a decrease in past-year use of more than 20 percent in all three grades combined from 2000 to 2007. Unfortunately, this trend appears to be slowing, and marijuana use remains at unacceptably high levels, as the most commonly used illegal drug.

When people smoke marijuana for years they can suffer some pretty negative consequences. For example, because marijuana affects brain function, your ability to do complex tasks could be compromised, as well as your pursuit of academic, athletic, or other life goals that require you to be 100 percent focused and alert. In fact, long-term users self-report less life satisfaction, poorer education, and job achievement, and more interpersonal and mental health problems compared to non-users.

Many people don’t think of marijuana as addictive—they are wrong. In 2007, the majority of youth (age 17 or younger) entering drug abuse treatment reported marijuana as their primary drug abused. Marijuana increases dopamine, which creates the good feelings or “high” associated with its use. A user may feel the urge to smoke marijuana again, and again, and again to re-create that experience. Repeated use could lead to addiction—a disease where people continue to do something, even when they are aware of the severe negative consequences at the personal, social, academic, and professional levels.

If you are a friend or family member of a teen struggling with marijuana abuse and or addiction, call now for help.It is never too late to prevent and/or stop an addiction. You as a parent of a family member can prevent a tragic outcome. Don't let your child become a statistic.

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Adolescents and MDMA/ Ectasy


MDMA (or 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is often called a "club drug" because people frequently take it at all-night dance parties ("raves"), bars, clubs, and concerts. Other club drugs include ketamine, GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate), Rohypnol (flunitrazepam), and methamphetamine. People may take MDMA to have enough energy to keep dancing or partying all night or for a feeling of emotional warmth and a general sense of well-being. MDMA acts as both a stimulant and a hallucinogen. Unfortunately, users may not realize that MDMA may hurt them. In some cases, its abuse can be fatal.

MDMA is usually taken orally, in a pill, tablet, or capsule. It may also be crushed and snorted or injected. Each tablet contains between 60 and 120 milligrams of MDMA, plus other unknown "fillers."

MDMA is not a safe drug-even if taken only once in a while. It can change the way the brain functions, impairing the senses, memory, judgment, and coordination.
Side effect are:

Confusion
Anxiety
Sleep problems
Heatstroke (hyperthermia)
Nausea
Muscle tension
Blurred vision
Faintness
Chills
Sweating
Teeth clenching
Depression the following day

Teens using MDMA may experience the following:

Forgetfulness
Loss of coordination, dizziness, or fainting
Depression
Confusion
Sleep problems
Dental problems
Excessive thirst

Drugs in general are highly addictive and addiction is a medical condition. A user is trying to achieve the same high that they felt on their first time of use, however, a user can never get the same high. It only takes one use of a drug to become addicted. It only takes one use to overdose or die. Like all medical conditions, treatment is necessary. If you or someone you know is struggling with drug abuse or addiction, call Inspirations Teen Rehab for help. Inspirations offers a one of a kind teen addiction treatment program that is very flexible to fit the needs of each teen including the opportunity to continue their high school academics without losing time or high school credits. The teen drug and alcohol rehab program has been featured on the Dr. Phill show, in a segment called Dangerous Fads in subject of “Huffing” one of teens’ new addiction.

It is never too late to prevent and/or stop an addiction. You as a parent of a family member can prevent a tragic outcome. Don't let your child become a statistic.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

The new drug “Charge”, does not show up on regular drug tests

Inspirations Youth Drug Rehab


In Tupelo Mississippi a teen has lost his life due to a new drug addiction. Not a street or club drug we all know about, but a household item, Ivory Wave bath salt. This new addiction has spread fairly fast in the surrounding communities in Mississippi. As local newspapers report: “Misuse of the bath salt has the same effects as meth, and is actually banned in Scotland following related deaths. Now, Lee County authorities have learned of local usage through domestic disturbances.”

They are calling the bath salts synthetic cocaine. The usage of this product is a fast-growing, highly addictive trend. Young people are saying they can’t get enough of the fake coke, and it's doing a lot of damage. Teens are reporting that they were using K-2 but have moved on to the fake coke “Charge” now.

[b]“Bath salts” or “Charge” or “Ivory,” the new “Miaow, Miaow”, [/b] they’re different names for different types of cocaine substitutes. People say it looks just like cocaine, but what it does to you is even worse.

A relative of an Ivory Wave bath salt addict who wants to remain anonymous describes watching her loved one going through mayhem. "Within thirty minutes after he got home he was what they call 'geeking out.' He was walking around the yard with a flashlight and looking under bushes. He got all the paperwork out of his truck. You could say something and he thought you were talking about him."

Ivory Wave bath salt is a cheap way to get high. Family members are reporting that their loved ones are staying awake for as long as 72 hours in complete pandemonium. This new addiction is landing teens and adults in the emergency rooms.

Lee County Sheriff, Jim Johnson says: "Hallucinations, seeing things that weren't there. We had one individual in the backseat of our car that was just absolutely paranoid because he felt like cars were trying to run over him while he was in the patrol car."

Some local stores have pulled the product out of their shelves after finding out about the local disturbances related to the misuse of the salt bath. For now, as it is legal and there is no penalty for selling the product some stores are keeping Ivory Wave bath salts it in stock, sadly cashing in on the addiction of others.

If your teen has gotten involved with this highly addictive substance or any other drug, please seek help before it’s too late. For immediate attention seek your nearest emergency room and when your child is stabilized seek the help of an [b]addiction treatment center specialized in teens. You may contact Inspirations Teen Rehab at anytime at for further assistance. Reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away. If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us:

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Kentucky ranked Highest for Drug Related Deaths



We have all been told at one point or another that drugs are dangerous. That they have physical side effects, including death. Well Kentucky has been deemed the nation’s state with the highest amount of drug related deaths. The large amount of drug related deaths due to drug abuse comes from all age groups including a mother of four, a student and local teens. The drug deaths are not just from poor or uneducated communities it is state wide affecting all types of people.

Research shows that drug abuse and addiction in Kentucky is higher than any other state. One study reported that the residents of the state of Kentucky use more than double the nation’s average of Hydrocodone, which is usually a prescription drug. Teens report that family members are their source for supply of drugs. Kentucky was also ranked one of the top ten states with the highest nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers for ages twelve and older. According to the medical reports, the drugs most common in the drug related deaths were: methadone, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Valium, and Xanex. Local officials say that when the families try to deal with the problem in private, they end up becoming an enabler of the addiction. Providing funds, shelter, actually fuels the addiction cycle and does not make the user take accountability. Drug abuse and drug related deaths are such an issue because as the trend increases, the cost of patient treatment increases and is passed on to tax payers, courts, law enforcement, and jails.

If you or someone you know is struggling with prescription drug abuse or addiction and is in need of help, Inspirations Teen Rehab offers a flexible and affordable teen addiction treatment program. Our aim is to treat the whole person, and not just an isolated symptom. During the addiction treatment process we will work with the teen to identify the factors that may have contributed to the prescription drug abuse and addiction – home, friends and medical history. We also believe that families have a vital role to play in the recovery process, and each addiction treatment program has a place for family participation, to educate them in the treatment process and to equip them for their role as supporters.

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Teens, Marijuana use and depression



Many people assume that when teens use illegal drugs it is because they are addicted to the feeling it brings about or that the users want to use the drugs to reach a high. However new studies show that this is not always the case. Many teens are turning to drugs as an alternative to legal medications or legal therapies. This could explain why your teen is using drugs.

Some parents do not have open line of communication with their teens, they might think they do, but in reality for some reason, their teen is not telling them all. One sure sign is if every time you ask your teen how they are and they always respond with “I am fine or everything is fine,” this might indicate that they are not telling you something. Nobody is fine all the time, especially during the teenage years with tribulations of friends and young relationships. Maybe your teen tried to ask for help but in a way you did not understand, or maybe they do not know how to ask for help. Either way for about one third of teens that smoke marijuana, they smoke instead of going to therapy or taking medication to cope with issues in their lives. Their goal is not to get high but instead to find means to deal with certain aspects of their life.

In a recent study conducted, teens complained about using marijuana because they did not have access to the appropriate health care, and when they did, what was prescribed to them did not make them feel any better. They report that marijuana helps them relax and prescribed drugs such as Prozac, cause sleeping, mood and emotional problems. If and when prescribing medication to teens, site effects should be monitored closely. As not all drugs work the same for everyone, in fact it may cause more harm than good.

Your teen does not need to resource to illegal drugs to fit in society. Your teen needs help, support and counseling. Research indicates that the family is the most important aspect in preventing adolescent substance abuse. It is even greater than peer influence. In fact the positive role of family influence and the structure of the family, help to prevent poor peer choices in addition to poor choices or risky behaviors of substance abuse. Be an active part of your teens life and if your teen is depressed and using drugs seek professional help. It is never too late to prevent and/or stop an addiction. You as a parent of a family member can prevent a tragic outcome. Don't let your child become a statistic.

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Is Your Teen Depressed and "Self Medicating" ?



Many Teens are depressed and report suffering from weeks of loss of motivation in daily activities. Instead of turning to counseling or seek doctor’s help for possibly treatment with prescribed depression medication, they are choosing to self-medicate. They are choosing anything from marijuana to prescription drugs as their self medication. At first abusing prescription drugs and marijuana might feel like they are helping, but the truth and research, points to the contrary.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Report, shows that marijuana use worsens depression and leads to more serious mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, anxiety, and suicide. This report also shows that using drugs, specifically marijuana, to relieve the feelings of depression compound the problem, intensifying the issues. Teens that are depressed are twice as likely to use illegal drugs during their depression as teens that are not depressed. This trend leads to the teens becoming twice as likely as their peers to become dependent on marijuana and other illicit drugs. Using or smoking marijuana creates a problem for people suffering from depression because marijuana is associated with leading to suicidal thoughts, depression, and suicide. The concern with marijuana use has increased over the years due to the fact that the potency has also risen. Self medicating using illegal drugs such as marijuana or prescription drugs is not the answer for those suffering from depressions or feelings associated with depression. There are other options available. Do not let depression lead to other problems such as addiction or worse, death.

Drugs in general are highly addictive and addiction is a medical condition. A user is trying to achieve the same high that they felt on their first time of use, however, a user can never get the same high. It only takes one use of a drug to become addicted. It only takes one use to overdose or die. Like all medical conditions, treatment is necessary. If you or someone you know is struggling with drug abuse or addiction, call Inspirations Teen Rehab for help. Inspirations offers a one of a kind teen addiction treatment program that is very flexible to fit the needs of each teen including the opportunity to continue their high school academics without losing time or high school credits. The teen drug and alcohol rehab program has been featured on the Dr. Phill show, in a segment called Dangerous Fads in subject of “Huffing” one of teens’ new addiction.

It is never too late to prevent and/or stop an addiction. You as a parent of a family member can prevent a tragic outcome. Don't let your child become an statistic.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Parents Beware as This New Drug “Charge” Does Not Show up on Regular Drug Tests



In Tupelo Mississippi a teen has lost his life due to a new drug addiction. Not a street or club drug we all know about, but a household item, Ivory Wave bath salt. This new addiction has spread fairly fast in the surrounding communities in Mississippi. As local newspapers report: “Misuse of the bath salt has the same effects as meth, and is actually banned in Scotland following related deaths. Now, Lee County authorities have learned of local usage through domestic disturbances.”

They are calling the bath salts synthetic cocaine. The usage of this product is a fast-growing, highly addictive trend. Young people are saying they can’t get enough of the fake coke, and it's doing a lot of damage. Teens are reporting that they were using K-2 but have moved on to the fake coke “Charge” now.

“Bath salts” or “Charge” or “Ivory,” the new “Miaow, Miaow”, they’re different names for different types of cocaine substitutes. People say it looks just like cocaine, but what it does to you is even worse.

A relative of an Ivory Wave bath salt addict who wants to remain anonymous describes watching her loved one going through mayhem. "Within thirty minutes after he got home he was what they call 'geeking out.' He was walking around the yard with a flashlight and looking under bushes. He got all the paperwork out of his truck. You could say something and he thought you were talking about him."

Ivory Wave bath salt is a cheap way to get high. Family members are reporting that their loved ones are staying awake for as long as 72 hours in complete pandemonium. This new addiction is landing teens and adults in the emergency rooms.

Lee County Sheriff, Jim Johnson says: "Hallucinations, seeing things that weren't there. We had one individual in the backseat of our car that was just absolutely paranoid because he felt like cars were trying to run over him while he was in the patrol car."

Some local stores have pulled the product out of their shelves after finding out about the local disturbances related to the misuse of the salt bath. For now, as it is legal and there is no penalty for selling the product some stores are keeping Ivory Wave bath salts it in stock, sadly cashing in on the addiction of others.

If your teen has gotten involved with this highly addictive substance or any other drug, please seek help before it’s too late. For immediate attention seek your nearest emergency room and when your child is stabilized seek the help of an addiction treatment center specialized in teens. You may contact Inspirations Teen Rehab at anytime at for further assistance. Reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away. If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us:

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Prescription Drugs Abused by Teens


According to Prescription Drug Abuse, prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused category of drugs, running a close second behind marijuana and well ahead of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines. In 2000, about 43 percent of emergency room visits for drug overdoses occurred because of the misuse of prescription drugs. The top 6 most abused prescription drugs teens are been treated for at Inspirations Teen Rehab.

Hydrocodone
Hydrocodone belongs to the class of drugs called opioids, which are used for pain control in individuals who have moderate to severe pain. Opioids can be taken by mouth, crushed and snorted or injected. A number of deaths have been reported with injection of drugs intended for slow release in the body such as OxyContin, which is a derivative of hydrocodone. Opioids may cause constipation and drowsiness and can depress the rate of breathing and lead to death.

Codeine
Codeine is another opioid. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), codeine may cause respiratory depression and arrest, nausea, confusion, constipation, sedation and coma. The Drug Enforcement Administration says codeine is the most widely used narcotic in medical treatment and is one of the starting materials used to develop hydrocodone. It is usually taken in pill form and can be found in combination with acetaminophen or aspirin or as a cough suppressant in liquid form.

Xanax
Xanax is used for anxiety disorders, panic disorders and anxiety caused by depression. Drinking alcohol with Xanax increases the effects of the alcohol. According to drugs.com, Xanax is habit forming and should never be prescribed for people with a history of abuse or addiction to prescription drugs. Side effects can include risk-taking behavior, depression, hyperactivity, light-headedness, seizures, muscle twitching, jaundice and less frequent urination.

Adderall
Adderall is another stimulant that gained national attention when the son of former Vice President Al Gore was arrested for possessing Adderall, marijuana, Xanax and Valium. Adderall is used to get a speedy high or "pull an all-nighter" to study.

Ritalin
Ritalin is a stimulant designed to increase alertness, attention and energy. It is commonly prescribed to children who have attention deficit disorder but is now a drug of choice among college students who are interested in staying up longer and studying harder. According to NIDA, the medication is usually taken orally, but people also dissolve it and inject the solution. However, it contains insoluble fillers that can block small blood vessels and cause tissue death.

Valium
Valium is the registered brand name of Diazepam. It is an anti-anxiety drug that changes the chemical balance in the brain and is often prescribed for alcohol withdrawal, shakiness, agitation and muscle pain. According to Prescription Drug Abuse, it is very common and easy to obtain. The body builds up a tolerance over just one month. Symptoms of abuse depend upon how long and at what level the person has been using the drug.

If you or someone you know is struggling with prescription drug abuse or addiction and is in need of help, Inspirations Teen Rehab offers a flexible and affordable teen addiction treatment program. Our aim is to treat the whole person, and not just an isolated symptom. During the addiction treatment process we will work with the teen to identify the factors that may have contributed to the prescription drug abuse and addiction – home, friends and medical history. We also believe that families have a vital role to play in the recovery process, and each addiction treatment program has a place for family participation, to educate them in the treatment process and to equip them for their role as supporters.

Reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away.

If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us:

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Types of Adolescent Alcohol Rehab - Alcoholism Treatment For Teens


There are many types of alcohol addiction treatment for teens. Treatment types are determined by the adolescent's level of use and other mental health and medical issues.

Detoxification, short-term and long-term rehabilitation, intensive outpatient programs, 12-step programs and individual, family and group therapy are all forms of alcohol addiction treatment. Some types of treatment such as detoxification may last one week whereas other such as long-term, residential alcoholism treatment can last 30 days or longer.

Each type of teen alcohol addiction treatment has its own advantages. Including parents in the teen’s alcoholism treatment is critical to success, so a good alcohol rehab includes parents and family in their addiction therapy programs . Detoxification might be needed if the teen is heavily dependent on alcohol.

When choosing a teen alcohol treatment program, it's important to ensure that the program is specifically for teens due to their developmental needs. Also, if the teen has mental health issues, the facility should be able to treat them at the same time. Some adolescent teen rehabs provide along side addiction treatment an educational program which will help your child in keeping their school credits while away from home in treatment.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol abuse or alcohol addiction and is in need of help, Inspirations Teen Rehab offers a flexible and affordable teen addiction treatment program. Our aim is to treat the whole person, and not just an isolated symptom. During the addiction treatment process we will work with the teen to identify the factors that may have contributed to the alcohol abuse and addiction – home, friends and medical history. We also believe that families have a vital role to play in the recovery process, and each addiction treatment program has a place for family participation, to educate them in the treatment process and to equip them for their role as supporters.

Reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away.

If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us:

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http://www.inspirationsyouth.com/Teen-Binge-Drinking.asp
http://www.inspirationsteenrehab.com/Teen-Alcoholism-Treatment.asp

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Binge Drinking is Killing our Youth. Every Two Hours a Teenager Dies from an Alcohol Related Accident




Since 2002 when a study by task force on drinking showed that "abusive drinking by college students is widespread, dangerous and disruptive", binge drinking has been on the rise in the US. By definition binge drinking is described as 5 or more drinks in a row for men and 4 or more drinks in a row for women. Binge drinking is best described as drinking enough to bring the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to .08 or more. This blood alcohol concentration generally occurs in excessive drinking within a two-hour time.

There are over 5000 underage teens who die from excessive drinking each year, and more than 1,700 college students, between the ages of 18 to 24, get injured due to direct result of alcohol abuse every year. Additionally, every two hours a teenager dies from an alcohol related accident.

All these statistics point to one fact. Our kids whether teenagers or young adults are dying from alcohol abuse in an alarming rate, and something needs to be done.

The first recommendation has always been education, and specifically educating our kids at an early age. Parents must talk to their kids about the dangers of alcohol abuse which can cause immediate medical concerns like vomiting, cold and clammy skin or medical emergencies like shallow breathing and unresponsiveness that could result in coma and death.

Our kids should know about the consequential effects of alcohol abuse that centers around sex and violence in colleges, and not mentioning a major cause of poor academic performance by college students.

Teens and young adults should know that alcohol is a legal psychoactive drug that can and will cause overdose and death. MRI studies of kids and young adults between the ages of 14 to 21 has shown permanent changes to both pre-frontal cortex (the decision making part of the brain) and the limbic system of the brain. Now, scientists are trying to find out if the changes are reversible.

At the end, the only hope that we have as a society, is to transfer the knowledge we have gained through the many deaths and injuries of our kids to the next generation of youth and hope they use that knowledge to save their life.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol abuse or alcohol addiction and is in need of help, Inspirations Teen Rehab offers a flexible and affordable teen addiction treatment program. Our aim is to treat the whole person, and not just an isolated symptom. During the addiction treatment process we will work with the teen to identify the factors that may have contributed to the alcohol abuse and addiction – home, friends and medical history. We also believe that families have a vital role to play in the recovery process, and each addiction treatment program has a place for family participation, to educate them in the treatment process and to equip them for their role as supporters.

Reach out to us. Recovery from alcoholism is just a click or a phone call away. If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us:

Teen Addiction Help: 1-888-757-6237
http://www.inspirationsyouth.com/
http://www.inspirationsteenrehab.com/

Addiction Treatment for Young Adults and Adults : 1-888-387-6237 http://www.covecenterforrecovery.com/