According to the 2008 to 2010 California Healthy Kids Survey by the California Department of Education, prescription drug abuse is on the rise among teens in California. The survey revealed that 13 percentof 9th graders and 17 percent of 11th graders had used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes at least once. More than 2 billion prescription drugs were prescribed in California in 2009, 10 times the number prescribed in 2000.
Nationwide, 70 percent of teens who abuse drugs claim to get the prescription drugs easily from their own homes. OxyContin and Vicodin are favorites among teens. Prescription drug abuse is increasingly becoming a popular way to get high because they are easy to obtain and hide from parents.
Fresno County, located in central California, is starting to take notice of these statistics and do something to prevent them from rising. The county is the only in the state with a comprehensive prescription drug abuse program for adolescents. The program partners with schools, medical professionals, parents, and children to educate about the dangers and stress the importance of keeping prescription drugs away from children.
First Step of the Rehab Process
Probably the biggest step for many teens with drug or alcohol addictions is the first step – initiating treatment. Denial is common for many addicts, regardless of age. It can be hard for them to understand that they do have a problem and that drug or alcohol addiction does not just happen to other people. There are many ways they may go about denying their problem. They may continue to hang out in the same places with the same friends who also abuse drugs. They may think they are different from addicts because they are convinced their problem is under control. They claim they can just cut back and be fine. They refuse to go to treatment because they don’t think they have a real problem.
Many addicts also go through ambivalence. They know they have a problem and want to get help, but they don’t really want to give up drugs completely. Giving up drugs forever can be scary because of the following reasons:
They feel good when they are on drugs.
They use drugs to cope and know of no other coping strategies.
They feel too helpless or weak to get better.
They are only going to rehab to please someone else.
Denial and ambivalence are both big hurdles in a recovery. A counselor will work with your teen to help them understand the negative consequences of drug use. They will confront them with the problem and break down walls to help your teen realize the truth about their addiction. If your teen is feeling ambivalent, a counselor will have a discussion with them to understand why your teen wants to continue to use. A counselor may also talk to your teen about their goals and how being free of drugs and alcohol can help your teen attain their goals much easier.
Finding a Rehabilitation Center for Your California Teen
California has hundreds of rehabilitation centers to pick from. There are recovery options located all over the state, so it should be easy to find one within your area. You can choose from detoxification services and dual diagnosis services. There are numerous outpatient programs. Choose from short-term and long-term residential treatment. There are also many halfway houses and programs specifically for California teens.
Despite the many choices, it can still be hard for a parent to find the right treatment facility, especially when such a decision will affect the health of their teen. That’s why we’re here to help. We have helped many parents with the decision-making process. Let us help you, too. Give us a call today.
This help line is for anyone who is looking for treatment for a loved one or themselves. Advisors are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide private and convenient solutions to your questions.
Calls to this help line will be answered by Newport Academy, a sponsor of Teen Rehab.org.