According to the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy, two surveys point to a huge drug problem among teens in New Hampshire. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey placed the state among the top 10 states for drug and alcohol abuse among teens. The average rate for marijuana use among teens nationwide was 22 percent, whereas New Hampshire teens ranked at 31 percent. This rate was higher than any other state surveyed.
The other survey, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, placed New Hampshire in the top 10 for the number of teens needing but not receiving substance abuse treatment. The surveys also state that marijuana use among New Hampshire teens is one of the highest rates in the United States. A 2002 survey showed that 12 percent of teens in New Hampshire – 13,600 teens – have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol.
Why Choose an Outpatient Program?
Although there are a variety of treatment options to choose from, outpatient programs tend to be the most beneficial to teens. Being away from their families for one month or more at a time can be scary for many teens. This can increase the teens’ stress levels and make relapses more likely to occur. In addition, inpatient treatment can cause interruption to a teen’s school, work or athletic schedule. Outpatient treatment is also the least expensive option.
Counselors in outpatient treatment programs in New Hampshire will evaluate your teen and create a treatment plan that best matches your teen’s needs. Your teen will need to participate in counseling sessions and meetings on a regular basis. They will also experience and learn many things throughout the treatment process, including:
Drug education and recovery through the 12-step process
Effects of drug use
Individual and group therapy sessions
Identifying mental health conditions
Family therapy sessions to help parents learn about drug use
Random drug testing
Outpatient programs are also effective in helping teens identify triggers that cause them to use drugs and teaching them coping strategies so they can deal with cravings and peer pressure. They may also ask the teens to participate in role-play activities so they can learn skills for various situations. Outpatient programs are also more family-oriented, allowing families to become involved in their child’s recovery process and helping them open the doors to communication to reduce the chance of drug use continuing in the future.
If teens are having problems keeping their cravings under control, medication may be prescribed to help. Some programs require that the medication be taken inside a facility under supervision to prevent prescription drug abuse, while others will provide a prescription as long as regular urine samples are taken.
Choosing Treatment for Your New Hampshire Teen
There are more than a dozen treatment options in New Hampshire. Getting the right help for your teen’s addiction is as simple as picking up the phone and giving us a call. We can connect you to many resources that you can choose from to make an informed decision about your teen’s addiction. Even if your teen is not yet addicted, getting help in the early stages of regular drug use is critical. Drugs can cause serious physical and emotional problems that can seriously affect the health of your teen.
Your teen has a bright future ahead of them in New Hampshire. Don’t enable their drug addiction any longer. Help them learn healthy habits now. A treatment program will teach your teen the dangers of drugs, and the skills and tools they can use to stop using drugs for good. Give us a call today to see how we can help your teen live a clean and sober life.
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