According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, a 2010 substance abuse survey among Texas adolescents shows that while alcohol and cocaine use decreased, marijuana and Ecstasy saw some increases since 2008. Sixty-two percent of those in grades 7 to 12 stated that they had used alcohol at least once. Inhalant use was at 17.2 percent. The most common inhalants used were markers and correction fluid. Marijuana continues to be the most commonly used illegal drug in Texas, with 26.2 percent of adolescents admitting to at least one use. This is an increase from the 24.6 percent reported in 2008. Previous-month marijuana usage also saw an increase, from 10 percent to 11.4 percent in a two-year period.
Ecstasy use increased from 5.1 percent to 6.8 percent among Texas adolescents. Codeine cough syrup use decreased, with usage at 12.3 percent. Alcohol usage among children in grades 4 to 6 decreased, although the number still remains relatively high, at 21.5 percent. Inhalant use was at 10.4 percent in this age group.
What Not to Bring to Rehab
Rehab is a time when your teen will be focusing on avoiding drugs and learning skills and strategies to keep them drug-free in the long term. The focus is on recovery and that can be hindered if your teen is spending too much time on the Internet or calling or texting friends. Therefore, your teen’s environment needs to be free of distractions.
Most rehab facilities do not allow electronics. These include cellphones, wireless devices and laptops. This may also include electronic reading devices such as a Kindle or Nook. Cameras, including digital cameras and video cameras, may not be allowed to protect the privacy of the patients. Music players, such as CD players and MP3 players, may or may not be allowed. However, some facilities may allow you to bring music and appropriate devices, as long as they do not have speakers, so ask first.
This goes without saying, but of course, drugs and alcohol will not be allowed at your teen’s facility. If your teen brings any, they will be confiscated. This includes alcohol-based products as well, such as mouthwash and certain cosmetics. The only drugs that should be available at a treatment facility are prescription drugs, brought either by the patients (for medical reasons) or given to the patients by the medical staff to help them cope with withdrawal symptoms, certain drug cravings or co-occurring mental disorders.
Weapons, such as guns and knives, should also not be brought to rehab. Rehab is a safe environment and weapons promote violence and hostility. Your teen will be thoroughly searched for these items before entering the facility.
Certain types of clothing are also not allowed at rehab. This can include sexy clothing, such as short shorts or skirts, shirts that expose too much backside and clothing that reveals any underwear. In addition, any clothing with messages related to gangs, alcohol, drugs or sex is prohibited.
Treatment for Texas Teens
Texas offers more than 300 drug and alcohol treatment facilities. Choose from inpatient and outpatient facilities. There are dual diagnosis services for teens suffering from both addiction and a mental disorder. There are methadone clinics as well as halfway houses and detoxification services. Texas also has a few holistic programs, as well as alternative treatment approaches to addiction.
The help your teen needs to recover from their addiction is readily available. Give us a call today and we can assess your teen’s treatment and recovery needs. This service is free and confidential. Get started today so your teen can get on the path to recovery and live a happy, sober life in Texas.
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