Thursday, October 28, 2010
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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