Statistics compiled from the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey show that inhalant and prescription drug use is increasing. The good news is that marijuana, cocaine and heroin use is decreasing. Mississippi has strict fines and jail time for possession of illegal drugs, including $3,000 in fines and three years of jail time.
The survey shows that nearly 36 percent of high school students in Mississippi had tried marijuana. More than 5 percent of students had tried cocaine. Nearly 13 percent of students had used inhalants. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2006 statistics show that nearly 7 percent of Mississippi adolescents ages 12 to 17 abused prescription drugs.
Elements of a Drug Rehab Program
A quality drug rehab facility is typically based upon three main components. Here are descriptions of each component and what your teen can expect in each part of treatment:
Therapeutic. Most facilities offer individual and group therapy sessions. Therapy will help your teen understand the effects of drug use. Therapy will also help your teen identify negative behaviors and determine the triggers that are causing drug use to occur. Hey will get help from an unbiased person whose goal is to help them improve their life.
Educational. In order to recover effectively from their addiction, drug users must be aware of their condition and the effects it has on themselves and others. Although many children are taught to say no to drugs, there is often not really that much that teens know about drugs. They may vaguely know that drugs are considered bad, but it can be hard to see why when they get high and feel so good afterward. That’s why treatment programs include an educational component. Patients learn about the physical and mental effects of drugs, as well as the legal consequences. They also learn why they use drugs and how to solve the problem.
Behavioral modification. In order to stay clean and sober for the long term, your teen will need to make many changes to their lifestyle. Those recovering from drugs need to stay away from triggers that can cause relapses, so your teen will need to avoid their favorite hangouts if they trigger drug use. They may need to choose new friends – friends who are drug-free. Your teen will need some stability in their life after treatment is over, so avoid making drastic changes, such as moving.
When used together, these elements can help a teen struggling with addiction find hope and recovery. The exact forms of treatment your teen will need will depend of the severity of the addiction. Some addicts need regular medications to keep drug cravings at bay. Others may need extended treatment in order to heal, especially those with multiple drug addictions, severe drug addictions or mental health disorders. A counselor will develop the right plan for your teen.
Treatment Facilities for Mississippi Teens
Mississippi has about 50 treatment facilities in the state. There is a varied mix of options to choose from, including faith-based centers, inpatient facilities, outpatient programs and halfway houses. Detoxification is also available in many facilities. If your teen is suffering from a co-occurring disorder, there are many treatment facilities in Mississippi and throughout the country that offer dual diagnosis services.
Too many options to choose from? Let us help you narrow down your options. Don’t know where to start? Call us for help. We have helped many teens and their families find effective treatment options for their drug or alcohol addiction. No matter what you are looking for, we can help you find it. Make that call today to get started.
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