Drug and alcohol abuse among teens in the United States is disconcerting at best. According to the latest Monitoring the Future survey – a study conducted annually by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse – 40 percent of high school seniors stated they had used drugs over the course of the previous year. Thirty percent of 10th graders indicated the same disturbing drug use. This takes into account teens across the US, including those in Colorado. Other areas of concern from the latest report are:
About 36.4 percent of high school seniors have used marijuana in the past year.
Approximately 14.7 percent of 8th graders have used an illicit drug in the past year.
Marijuana use rates more than doubled between the 8th and 10th grades.
About 63.5 percent of high school seniors had illegally consumed alcohol in the past year.
Alcohol use rates nearly doubled between the 8th and 10th grades.
According to the experts at Girls Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, addiction can occur at any time – even if your teen thinks he or she is just “experimenting” or using drugs casually. These casual uses grow into addictions that can last a lifetime and have serious, detrimental effects if not properly treated.
The Cost of Drug Addiction Is More Than Financial
The cost of this drug use in Colorado is immense. The Surgeon General’s Report in 2004 and published as current in 2008 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that the economic cost for illegal drugs in this country is $181 billion dollars each year. Alcohol abuse tacks on another $185 billion dollars annually.
As drastic as these figures are, they are small when compared to what your child’s addiction is costing you in worry, lost hope and helplessness. The money is trivial when you think about your child’s future and his or her ability to lead a normal, productive life in Colorado. The truth is that there is hope. Addiction is a treatable disease and with the right help at the right time, your teen can recover from the acute phase of this illness and enjoy a productive, happy life in Colorado after drugs.
Still, for some families, the financial cost of getting the treatment their child’s needs is overwhelming. Some insurance plans pay for treatment, while others may not. Deductibles vary, of course, and in some cases, at least one parent may choose to no longer work outside the home to be available more readily during the treatment process. These factors, and more, can lead to some rather profound and necessary questions.
How Will I Pay for Addiction Treatment for My Colorado Teen?
Ask yourself this question: Is there anything more important than the health and future of your child? Finding a way to pay for an effective treatment program may seem like an insurmountable obstacle, but there are many ways raise the funds you need to help your child be well. For instance, check your health insurance policy. You may be surprised to find basic benefits you never realized were available because you haven’t needed to claim services before.
In lieu of insurance, adjustments in the family budget may be another source of extra funds each month. Scaling back on extras, such as specialty TV programming or club memberships may help. Bank financing or refinancing a home loan may be an option available to some. Financing is also an option at various treatment facilities.
Ultimately, the most important aspect of recovery upon which to focus is simply getting the treatment you need for your child. If you are ready to find real, solid and effective teen addiction treatment, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call us here at Teen Rehab. We have experts who can answer your questions and help you find the assistance you need for your Colorado teen, right away.
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.
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