The Minnesota Department of Human Services releases a report on drug and alcohol abuse throughout the state every two years. The statistics from 2009 showed that alcohol and marijuana use among high school seniors in Minnesota was below the national average. Cocaine use in Minnesota mirrored the national average, at 5.3 percent. Meth use was above the national average, at 2.2 percent compared to 1.7 percent.
Alcohol use has been decreasing among students in 6th, 9th and 12th grades every year since 1992. Binge drinking among 9th and 12th graders has been decreasing since 1995, but not significantly. Marijuana use increased among Minnesota 12th graders by 3.6 percent between 2004 and 2007, while marijuana use among 6th and 9th graders decreased. Meth use among 9th and 12th grades has been steadily decreasing since 2001. A reported 1.5 percent of 9th graders had used meth in the past year, while 2.2 percent of 12th graders admitted to using it.
How a Relapse Happens
If your teen has sought help for addiction in the past, you may fear that your teen may relapse. The relapse process happens before your teen chooses to take a drink or use a drug. There are changes in behaviors and moods that occur during relapse. Here are some signs to be aware of:
Change in attitude toward recovery. If your teen was doing well in recovery and staying away from drugs and then suddenly has a changed attitude, then a relapse may be coming on.
Recurring withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can sometimes recur long after your teen has stopped drug or alcohol use, especially in moments of stress. Be wary if your teen seems unusually depressed or anxious.
Elevated stress. Relating to the previous point, stress can cause relapses to occur. Dealing with life after being in an inpatient facility can be stressful. There are many triggers in the outside world.
Social changes. Your teen may become isolated. They may avoid friends and family and quit attending support group meetings.
Changes in daily routine. During treatment, your teen learned to develop a routine or schedule to keep on task. During a relapse, your teen’s routine may change. They may sleep in, miss appointments, skip meals or quit keeping up with their personal hygiene. They may also quit making plans.
Loss of judgment. Your teen may be easily confused or unable to make decisions. They may be restless or unable to think clearly. They may be overwhelmed by their emotions or easily agitated.
Loss of control. As the relapse process continues, your teen may start making bad decisions. They may cut off contact with those whom they used to lean on for support. They may lose confidence and feel hopeless.
Limiting options. Eventually, your teen will stop attending support meetings and resort to insanity, suicide, or self-medication with drugs or alcohol.
Knowing these signs can prompt you to get help for your teen.
Locating a Treatment Facility for Your Minnesota Teen
Minnesota offers more than 100 treatment facilities throughout the state, especially in the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas. Choose from inpatient and outpatient facilities, as well as halfway houses and teen recovery services. There are also many places for your teen to get help for a mental illness.
Let us help you get your teen on the path to recovery. We provide free and confidential treatment referrals. We will find a facility that is just right based on your teen’s drug of choice and severity of the addiction. We can also compare various options and answer any questions you may have. Get your teen started with recovery today by making that call.
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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