In 2001, the Maine coastal town of Camden experienced a crisis among the area youth when suicide rates reached a record level – 50 percent above the national average. The high rate, caused by alcohol and drug abuse, was a huge concern for the town’s residents. Through a program called Communities That Care, the town experienced dramatic results. The program, which surveys children to determine risk factors for drug use, uses a coordinator to rally community leaders and volunteers and to teach them how to effectively guide children away from drugs.
The Communities That Care program is in other towns in Maine as well. After comparing 12 communities that implemented the Communities That Care program with 12 communities that do not have the program in place, research showed that the children in the Communities That Care communities were 30 percent less likely to use tobacco and alcohol. The program is in the works in five other states to help reduce drug and alcohol abuse among teens.
How to Tell if Your Teen Needs Addiction Help
If you think you teen may be addicted to drugs or alcohol or on the path to addiction, there are some questions you can ask to determine if they need help. They include:
Have you ever driven while under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
Have you ever gotten into trouble because of your substance abuse?
Do you use drugs or alcohol while alone?
Do you forget things that happen while you are under the influence?
Do you ever use drugs or alcohol to fit in or relax?
If your teen answered “yes” to any of these, they may not necessarily have an addition, but they are headed down the wrong path and could potentially end up with an addiction if they do not seek treatment soon.
There are other signs that your teen may be using drugs or alcohol. They include the following:
Poor school performance
Change in behavior
Loss of interest in once-favorite hobbies
Increased demand for privacy
Sudden need for money
Constant fights with family and friends
If you notice any of these signs, be sure to speak up and voice your concerns with your teen. Ignoring the behavior is similar to enabling it. You want to lay down clear rules regarding drug use and consequences for breaking the rules. Encourage your teen to get help, and try not to blame yourself. Your teen will need to learn to accept responsibility for their actions.
Treatment for Maine Teens
Maine has about 100 treatment facilities to choose from to help your teen battle their addiction. There are a variety of treatment options to choose from, with most of them being outpatient facilities. There are also a few family-based facilities to help your teen recover with the support of family. If your teen has a mental disorder that may be causing the addiction, Maine has many centers that offer dual diagnosis services. Dual diagnosis will treat both the mental disorder and the addiction, making recovery much easier to attain.
Find the right kind of treatment for your teen today by giving us a call. We have helped many teens become clean and sober again. We can help you find the resources you need to get started with recovery for your teen quickly, since time is of the essence. Call us today so we can assess your situation and answer your questions about drug addiction and recovery.
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