According to the Bulletin for Cannabis Reform, teens ages 15 to 19 accounted for 31 percent of all marijuana possession arrests in Michigan in 2007, with 27 percent of them males. Most arrests involving males ages 15 to 19 occurred in Mackinac, Menominee and Berrien counties, with more than 2,000 arrests in each of those counties. Nearly 14 percent of those ages 12 to 17 used marijuana in the previous year, accounting for 122,000 adolescents. Of those, 67,000 had reported marijuana usage in the previous month.
Finding the Right Drug Treatment Program for Your Teen
According to a February 2011 Time magazine article, parents often have a difficult time finding the best treatment program for their drug-addicted teen because of the lack of data supporting any one type of treatment. Because counseling and therapies are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), finding a proven method that works is much harder than looking for, for example, a cancer treatment. No data showing whether a therapy is effective or even safe for your teen poses a problem for a concerned parent who wants their teen to recover from drug addiction.
However, there is a website geared toward parents with teens struggling with addiction. This website, created by Partnership for Drugfree.org, provides tips for parents and helps them to understand that it’s not just about getting their teen into drug treatment; it’s about finding the right treatment as well. Some drug treatment programs use therapies that can do your teen more harm than good, so the website points parents in the right direction as to where to go for resources. The website offers parents a guide called “Treatment,” which is a good resource for teens and their parents to review. It stresses the importance of family involvement and proper assessment. It also emphasizes the importance of proper training for treatment providers and informing patients of any possible dangers.
It is important to ensure that your teen is fully assessed. With teens, it can difficult to know what is considered normal and what is not normal. Almost half of teens with drug problems also have mental health issues, so finding the right diagnosis can ensure that your teen gets the treatment they need, such as dual diagnosis services. Proper assessment can also determine your teen’s level of care, so you can start with minor treatment measures and work up to more advanced treatment.
Family support is important during the treatment process. In addition, teens should be in a facility specifically for teens and not mixed with adults, as this poses many concerns.
Choosing Treatment Facilities for Michigan Teens
Michigan has close to 300 treatment facilities throughout the state. There are many options to choose from, including inpatient and outpatient treatment and dual diagnosis services. Detoxification is provided in some facilities. There are halfway houses and many family centers geared toward adolescents. There are also many faith-based facilities, especially those geared toward Catholics and Christians.
Michigan has many recovery options available. Which one is right for your teen’s addiction? Is your family religious? Does your teen have a mental disorder? How severe is your teen’s addiction? Does your teen have school or other activities that might make it difficult to attend an inpatient facility? These are questions you can answer so we can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your teen’s treatment. Call us today to get started.
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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