According to the Office of Adolescent Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Louisiana has several alcohol-related statistics from 2009 that exceed the rates of the United States as a whole. Twenty-seven percent of Louisiana high school students consumed alcohol before age 13, compared to 21 percent of all US high schoolers. In Louisiana, 47 percent of students had an alcoholic drink in the 30 days prior to the survey, compared to the national rate of 42 percent. Alcohol use leads to risky behavior, as demonstrated in the statistics for drunk driving. Fourteen percent of Louisiana high school student drove while drinking, compared to the national average of 10 percent. The rate of Louisiana students who rode with a drunk driver was at 36 percent, compared to the national average of 28 percent.
In 2009, marijuana use in Louisiana was below the national average, with 33 percent of Louisiana students admitting to trying it, compared to the national average of 37 percent. However, cocaine use was slightly higher than the national average, at 4 percent versus 3 percent. Past-year prescription drug use among Louisiana students ages 12 to 17 was also 1 percent higher than the national average, at 8 percent versus 7 percent.
What to Bring to Rehab
Besides the usual tangible possessions of clothing and necessities for personal hygiene, your teen should also bring a positive attitude. In fact, it is one of the most important things to take with you to rehab. It’s a good idea to make the most of the situation and put forth your best effort toward recovery, looking forward to the healthy, sober future ahead of you.
As a parent, you should tell your teen that although they may not agree with your decision to enroll them in rehab, you are doing it for their own good. There will be many things in life that they will be forced to do, but having a positive attitude will make things easier.
In addition, a person’s attitude makes a big difference between recovery and relapse. If your teen goes through rehab with a negative attitude, they make failure more likely. Instead, help your teen find motivation. Do they have ambitions? What are their career goals? Encourage them to focus on the reasons why recovery is important.
Positive thinking has many benefits besides rehab recovery. According to the Mayo Clinic, researchers have found that positive thinking may provide many health benefits, such as:
Lower rates of distress and depression
Immunity to common illnesses, such as a cold
Better overall well-being
Reduced risk of heart disease
The ability to cope with stress in a productive manner
As a parent, it is important for you to have a positive attitude as well. Children learn what they see, so if you have a negative attitude about life, try being more optimistic. This is especially true with your teen’s substance abuse addiction. Be encouraging and supportive.
Finding Rehabilitation Facilities for Louisiana Teens
Louisiana offers more than 60 rehabilitation facilities throughout the state. There are many outpatient centers, as well as many centers offering short-term or long-term residential treatment. You can also find halfway houses, methadone clinics and detoxification services. Louisiana also has dual diagnosis services available to help your teen if they have a mental disorder as well.
It can be difficult to make the right choice for your teen. How do you sort through all the various facilities and programs? Call us and we can help. We have helped many teens find the right treatment option for their needs and we can help your teen too. Give us a call and we can answer your questions as well as provide recommendations.
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