A survey by the Virginia Department of Health shows that smoking and drinking among teens is a common occurrence. The study shows that 60 percent of teens in Virginia have consumed alcohol and 24 percent have been offered or sold drugs while on school grounds.
Community leaders throughout Virginia are asking that parents talk with their children about drug use. Children may come into contact with drugs at any time, so the earlier parents talk to their children, the better. It is also believed that having more activities available to teens could also help. Boredom can cause Virginia teens to experiment with different things, including drugs and alcohol.
Signs of Drug Abuse
Although each drug has its own symptoms, here are some general signs of drug abuse you should look for in your teen.
Sudden changes in behavior
Loss of interest in hobbies
Withdrawal from family and friends
Lack of concern about appearance
Changes in sleep patterns
Runny or stuffy nose
Signs of meth use include sleeplessness for days or weeks at a time, loss of appetite, dilated pupils, weight loss, excitement, paranoia, nervousness, shakiness, hallucinations, aggression and mental confusion.
Signs of cocaine use include panic attacks, anxiety, depression, lack of appetite, hallucinations and confusion.
The most common sign of heroin is euphoria, followed by sleepiness or inability to function.
Signs of marijuana use include eating more than usual, squinty bloodshot eyes, dry mouth, excessive laughter, lethargy, mood swings, forgetfulness and delayed motor skills.
What to Bring
Your teen should bring appropriate clothing to their rehab facility. They will want to bring clothing appropriate to the weather. Inappropriate messages are not allowed. Shorts and shirts must be non-revealing. Pajamas may need to be covered up with a robe, since you will be meeting with other patients at night.
The rules differ from one facility to another. Although most facilities allow everyday comfortable clothing, some facilities geared toward teens may require dress clothes, such as dresses, skirts, dress shirts and pants. Inquire with the facility to see what type of clothing is required. You will typically need to bring at least one week’s worth of clothing. Laundry facilities are available on site.
What to Look for in a Treatment Program
Not all treatment programs are created equal. Each one is different from the next one and it can be hard to find the right one for your teen. Here are some things you should look for in a treatment program.
A no-drug policy should be enforced.
The program should include a thorough evaluation of your teen to diagnose possible mental or behavioral problems.
Family visits and meetings should be incorporated into the program.
The facility should be licensed and accredited.
The staff should include medical professionals who have experience treating teens.
The staff-to-patient ratio should be low.
The program should include aftercare.
The staff should be willing to discuss payment options and arrangements.
Treatment for Virginia Teens
Virginia has more than 130 different rehab programs throughout the state. Researching facilities online, sorting through all the options and then deciding on the right one can be a time-consuming task. When your teen is struggling with addiction, every moment counts. That’s why we did this step for you. Give us a call and discuss your teen’s needs with us. With just a few bits of information, such as the drug your teen is using and the severity of your teen’s addiction, we can find a facility or recovery option that will be effective in treating the addiction. Recovery is not easy and it takes time, so make that call and get started today.
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.
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