According to the Ohio Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in the state. The death rate caused by overdose is 13 per 100,000, higher than the national average. Although the death rate is highest for those ages 45 to 54, teens in Ohio are also being affected. Of all drugs abused by Ohio teens, four of the top five are prescription drugs or non-prescription medications. In fact, a survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse shows that prescription drugs are more easily obtained than beer. In Oho in 2008, more deaths were caused by prescription drug overdoses than cocaine and heroin combined.
Determining Your Treatment Plan
It may be difficult for your teen to admit to drug or alcohol abuse because of fear of the unknown. Staying at a rehab facility – away from friends, family and the rest of the outside world – can be scary and intimidating. However, knowing what to expect beforehand can ease your teen’s fears and make rehab a welcoming and supportive environment.
Your teen may be concerned about what all will be involved. What will your teen do at rehab? Counseling sessions are normal, as are behavioral therapies. Your teen will also receive education about drugs and addiction. They will also learn coping skills and other tools they can use once they complete their stay. Your teen may also have the chance to participate in activities, such as gym classes, swimming, hiking and horseback riding.
Your teen will not know the exact details of their treatment plan until after an assessment is done. The staff will assess your teen’s addiction history. Blood tests may be conducted, as well as a physical exam to check for physiological or mental disorders. The staff may also ask your teen about their goals, school life, social life and home environment to get an idea of what triggers may be causing your teen’s addiction. If your teen has a criminal history or history of previous rehab visits or relapses, then the staff will need to know that information as well.
The staff thoroughly assesses your teen to determine how severe the addiction is. In addition, knowing if any physical or mental issues are also present will help make the treatment plan more effective. The staff will also use your teen’s answers to see how serious they are in getting addiction help.
The staff will work with your teen to create a treatment plan that best fits your teen’s needs. The treatment plan will include the types of treatment needed, as well as the length of time the treatment is expected to be completed. Your teen may need to work cooperatively with counselors and physicians in order to ensure that all their needs are being met.
Exploring Treatment Options for Ohio Teens
Ohio has more than 400 treatment options to choose from. They include centers for adolescents, minorities and women. There are also centers specifically for alcohol abuse and drug abuse. Ohio also has inpatient and outpatient services and centers that offer a combination of both. There are also many halfway houses and community-based programs available. It is, however, important to find a program that is designed to treat teens – in this safe environment, your teen can recover and relate to others in treatment.
Whatever your teen’s recovery needs may be, there are many options throughout Ohio and across the country. Call us today and we can help you sort through the options. We will ask you questions to assess your teen’s addiction situation so we can provide the right solutions. Recovery is very much possible for your teen and we can you help you make the right choices to ensure a quick recovery and a drug-free future.
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