As an adolescent with a drug addiction you may have a lot of difficulty getting clean and sober, and it may not matter whether you live in the northernmost part of Maine or in southern California, the coldest Alaskan tundra or the shores of Hawaii. The adolescent years may be filled with fun new adventures, but they may also be filled with uncomfortable social, emotional, and biological changes as well.
Adding a drug problem to this mix may be more than you can deal with on your own, but comprehensive treatment may help you get back on track sooner than you may have imagined. Your transition from addicted adolescent to healthy young adult may coincide with rewarding friendships, academic and career opportunities, and renewed family relationships.
Talking to some adults may be difficult even in the absence of a drug problem, but the emotional and behavioral changes that may occur as the result of your drug addiction may create serious communication problems between you and your parents or guardians. Teachers, counselors, and other adults in your life may attempt to reach out to you as well, and your social withdrawal may come at a time when you need support the most.
Mood swings, personality changes, and inappropriate aggression may all result because of your drug use, and trying to manage all of this without some sort of intervention may lead to a devastating downward spiral.
One thing that you should know (and perhaps you already DO know this) is that heroin is a huge problem here in Maine and throughout New England, including seemingly peaceful Vermont. So, it isn’t just over the counter drugs or good old Ritalin making the news. With even deadlier drugs coming into style, the chances of you coming into contact with them if you’re already having a substance abuse issue is going to rise.
Your first step towards getting better and getting sober may begin as part of an inpatient or outpatient treatment program, but completing a safe detoxification phase may be the most pivotal part of your treatment.
Your addictive behavior may leave your parents or guardians feeling helpless, guilty, and disappointed in themselves, but these feelings may be displayed as anger toward you. Any teenager may have difficulty functioning in this type of environment, and this is where you and your family may benefit from participation in a twelve step program.
A step program may help you get started on the road to sobriety, and the adults in your life may discover what they need to know in terms of being a good source of support for you. As your recovery advances from complete detox to working with counselors and rehabilitation specialists you may begin to understand the importance of taking care of yourself and being part of a healthy and supportive environment.
Detox may take a toll on your body and mind, but your doctor may help you get through this phase safely and completely. Medical professionals may help you remain as strong as possible as you clear your body of drugs and your successful detox may set the stage for a smooth transition into group therapy, individual treatment sessions, and reentry into a healthy adolescent life.
Many aspects of your treatment may need to be ongoing, but this should not be considered as failure. Sobriety may be a daily challenge at times, and the urge to resume drug use may be absent until you experience some triggering event or interaction.
These are the times when having supportive friends and family in your corner may be just what you need the most to help you stay focused, determined, and sober. There are a number of drug rehab centers in Maine that deal with teen drug addiction. You can call your local facility to get information, or a drug addiction helpline to find out which facility is most suited for your specific situation.