South Carolina Teen Addiction Treatment

A comprehensive state report on marijuana use shows that in 2007, there were 310,000 marijuana users in South Carolina. Of those, 40,000 were those in 12-to-17 age range.  Of these, 19,000 had used marijuana in the past month.  In 2007, the marijuana possession rates for males ages 15 to 19 were highest in the counties of Horry, Charleston, Newberry, Chesterfield and Marion. Each of these counties reported more than 4,200 arrests for marijuana possession.

Types of Facilities for Teens

When researching rehab facilities for your teen, you may come across boot camps. Boot camps are built upon a military model that focuses on strict discipline, physical fitness and punishment for not obeying, such as performing chores. Boot camps aim to scare teens straight in hopes that they learn to appreciate the life they had at home. Boot camps may sound like a good idea, especially if your teen has other behavioral problems besides drug addiction. However, they have a bad reputation because they are believed to be a form of child abuse. If you are considering this type of facility, it’s best to do some extensive research to see if this type of program will truly be best for your teen.

Residential treatment centers, or inpatient facilities, require that your teen stay at the facility 24/7 for a specified period of time – sometimes as little as 30 days, although 60 or 90 days is common. The programs and facilities offer much variety. Some rooms may be small and require that your teen share a room with others. Others may offer luxurious accommodations, with spacious rooms and a window with an ocean view. If your teen has mental health issues, an unstable home environment or multiple failed attempts at trying to treat addiction through outpatient care, then a residential treatment center may be the right choice.

Outpatient programs are a popular choice for many South Carolina teens because it allows them to complete treatment and come home to a familiar environment. However, outpatient treatment is not easy. Each program has specific requirements as to how many hours per week the teen must attend counseling, behavioral therapy and meetings. Outpatient programs often focus on group therapy, giving teens coping skills so they can control their drug cravings and learn how to resist peer pressure when offered drugs.

Stages of Recovery

Getting help is the first stage of recovery. Whether you initiate the process yourself or are forced to do so by your family or the legal system, this is called the treatment initiation process. This can be a hard stage for many teens and includes many negative feelings, such as fear and denial.

The next stage of recovery is early abstinence. This can be the hardest stage for many teens because of the detoxification, withdrawal symptoms and strong cravings for drugs.

After several months, you will move on to maintaining abstinence. This involves follow-up counseling and using the tools you learned during treatment to fight relapses.

The final stage is advanced recovery, which happens after five years. You will continue using your tools to stay clean and sober for the rest of your life.

Find Treatment for Your South Carolina Teen

South Carolina has at least 40 treatment facilities in the state. Finding the right treatment facility should not have to be a difficult process. That’s why we’re here to help. We can help you access a variety of treatment resources for your teen. Looking for alternative therapies such as horse riding and art therapy? Think your teen would benefit from a strict camp-style environment? Or how about a luxury rehab on the beach? No matter what you are looking for, we can connect you to the right resources. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call us today.

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