Although many areas of the country have seen increases in drug use, Georgia saw many positive trends between 1993 and 2003. Georgia ranked below the average in the United States in eight key areas. One of those areas was alcohol use. The percentage of Georgia students who had drunk alcohol within the past 30 days was at 37 percent, much lower than the nationwide average of 47 percent. Binge drinking (five or more alcoholic drinks at a time) in Georgia was also much lower than the United States, at 19.8 percent compared to just under 30 percent for the rest of the country. In addition, Georgia was one of 10 states with the lowest alcohol use among young adults ages 18 to 25.
In regards to marijuana use, Georgia is ranked in the lowest fifth for marijuana use among those ages 12 or older. It also ranked in the top eight for lowest rate of marijuana use for those ages 12 to 17.
These statistics show that teens, for the most part, are making healthy and positive choices in Georgia. However, there are many teens in all areas of the country who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. The good news is that there is help available for your teen if they need it.
Paying for Rehab
Drug or alcohol rehab can be pricey. An inpatient program can cost several thousand dollars a month, or even more. However, the financial cost is much less important that the emotional and physical costs that drugs are taking on your teen’s body. Getting them the help they need, no matter how much it costs, is a worthwhile investment for your teen’s future in Georgia.
There are several ways to pay for rehab. The type of payment options available will depend on which facility you enroll in. For example, some require payment up front, without insurance or financing available. Others do accept insurance. Some will work with you to set up a reasonable payment plan. You may want to look into low-costs facilities if the expenses are too exorbitant. If you are a low-income family, you may want to check into government grants or community programs that can help offset the cost. Some families take out private loans to pay for their teen’s rehab expenses.
If you have medical insurance, inquire with your insurance company about what exactly is covered so you won’t have any surprises later on. Some companies pay for therapy sessions and medications, but not room and board at an inpatient facility. If you choose outpatient counseling, the number of session covered by your insurance may be limited.
Finding Rehabilitation Facilities for Georgia Teens
Georgia has more than 120 rehabilitation centers throughout the state. You can choose from many options, including treatment facilities, community programs and addiction counselors, and sometimes it is best for your teen to receive treatment outside their home area. If your teen is abusing drugs or alcohol, there are many options available. Counseling, both individual and group, can help your teen understand why they are using drugs and what triggers to avoid. There are many support groups out there geared specifically toward teens. Support groups can help teens talk about their addiction with others who are in similar conditions. They can receive support from fellow drug and alcohol users and work toward common goals together.
Call us and we can help you find the right resources. Don’t enable your teen any longer. Getting them help in the early stages of abuse is critical so that the risk of long-term addiction is reduced. Treatment and recovery for drug addiction will not be easy for your teen. However, it is necessary for them to live productive lives and be free of addiction. Recovery is possible, but it requires a life-long commitment.
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.