An August 2012 article from The Columbus Dispatch looks at drug use among college students. Due to the pressures and stresses of college, many students are turning to painkillers, sedatives and stimulants to cope. Nationwide, about 25 percent of college students have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. With 21 years old being the average age of first use, it is important that colleges around the nation target students and inform them of the dangers of using these drugs.
According to the article, prescription drug abuse exceeds all other types of drug abuse, excluding marijuana. Prescription drugs are very easy to get in Columbus, as they are often found in medicine cabinets. Because prescription drugs are prescribed by a licensed physician, many teens believe they are safer than illegal drugs. This is not the case, especially if someone takes too much of a particular prescription drug.
Getting Support for Drug Addiction
If your teen is battling drug addiction, get support from various sources. As much as you would like to keep the drug use quiet or solve the problem yourself, trying to handle it all on your own can leave you overwhelmed. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You and your teen need all the support and encouragement you can get. It will make your life easier and help you relax during the process.
Many family members blame themselves for their teen’s drug or alcohol problems. It is important to know that you are not responsible for your teen’s decisions. They made the choice to use drugs and now they need to face the consequences. An important part of recovery is accepting responsibility. You cannot force someone to get help.
According to Helpguide.org, there are many people you can call on for help. These people include:
Other family members
Doctors and other health care providers
Teachers and school officials
Local church members and clergy
Addiction counselors and therapists
Exploring Treatment Options for Columbus Teens
Drug addiction treatment comes in many forms. There are many treatment facilities available, however, it’s imperative to find a program designed specifically for teens. Here at Teen Rehab, we offer connections to such programs. Give us a call today to get started. Delaying treatment will make your teen’s addiction worse and put their health at further risk.
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.
Calls to this help line will be answered by Newport Academy, a sponsor of Teen Rehab.org.