Prescription drug abuse is becoming more prevalent among teenagers and young adults because prescription drugs are easy for them to obtain. In many cases, a young adult has to look no further than his parents’ medicine cabinet to find a substance to abuse. What he may not know is that prescription drugs are just as addictive and just as dangerous as street drugs like cocaine or heroin.
Some of the more commonly abused prescription drugs are Hydrocodone, OxyContin, Valium, and Xanax. While it can be tough to stop a teenager from snooping in the medicine cabinet, it is important to look for signs that a problem may exist. An obvious indication of teenage prescription drug abuse is missing medicine. Others are loss of interest in family activities, ignoring responsibilities, change (increase or decrease) in appetite, disappearing valuables (such as money or jewelry), and secretive behavior. It is important for parents to be able to recognize the warning signs of prescription drug addiction so that the problem can be addressed in a timely manner.
If left untreated, teenage drug abuse can be detrimental. Likely consequences include grades dropping, health issues, legal problems, and negative effects on the family dynamic.
If your teenager is addicted to any type of drug, they have a better chance of recovering the sooner they get help. Since parents will most likely be unable to treat their young adult’s abuse on their own, the best course of action they can take is putting him/her in addiction treatment. Addiction treatment will be able to provide the help, guidance, and support needed for a successful recovery. In addition to medical and psychological treatments, family programs are offered by most addiction treatment centers so that parents can learn how to cope with their teenager’s addiction and recovery as well as how to create healthy boundaries.
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