According to the Florida Office of Drug Control, prescription drugs are behind marijuana as the most-abused drugs among those 12 to 17 years old. Studies show that most teens are getting these drugs from their own home or from the homes of their friends.
Despite a crackdown on unnecessary painkiller prescriptions and Florida’s prescription drug monitoring program, prescription drug abuse in Florida is still on the rise. It is up to parents to inform their teens of the dangers of prescription drugs. They can be just as deadly as illegal drugs.
What to Bring to Rehab
When your teen is preparing for their stay at an inpatient rehab facility, they will need to determine what to take with them. Each facility is different in terms of what they will allow, so ask the staff to provide you with a checklist of items to bring.
You will of course need to bring clothing, enough to last one week. Some adolescent facilities may have a strict dress code that requires dress clothes only, but for the most part, comfortable clothing, such as jeans, shorts, t-shirts and tennis shoes are allowed. Just make sure the clothing is appropriate. It should be free of rips and tears and not contain any inappropriate messages, such as those involving drugs, alcohol, sex or gangs.
If your teen requires regular medication, be sure to bring that as well. Most facilities require that the medication be in its original packaging showing pharmacy information so that the facility can order refills if necessary. Be sure to bring your pharmacy insurance card as well so it can be billed appropriately. Sample medications are typically not allowed at the treatment facility.
Be sure your teen brings personal hygiene items as well. These include hairbrush, comb, hair styling supplies, shaving cream, toothbrush and toothpaste. Expensive jewelry may not be allowed. Check with your facility.
Finding Rehabilitation Facilities for Florida Teens
Florida has close to 100 drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities throughout the state, with a mixture of both inpatient and outpatient facilities. Florida is known as a resort area, so you can be sure to find many resort-like facilities with many amenities. There are many centers geared toward adolescents and their families. Florida also offers many private facilities, halfway houses and sober living environments. Looking for dual diagnosis services for your teen? You can easily find those throughout the state as well.
Sometimes the best treatment for your teen may be found out of state. When your teen travels for treatment, they are removed from their home environment – the environment in which they used drugs. This change of environment can be helpful to their recovery.
The options can be confusing. As a parent, you no doubt want what is best for your child. We can help. We can offer an assessment of your teen’s needs and connect you to resources that can provide quality and effective treatment for your teen’s drug or alcohol addiction. Call us today to get started.
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