Teens can become addicted to any of the substances adults use. Often they have easier access to harmful substances, due to easy access through peer groups. They can be easily influenced to try drugs, which may ultimately lead to addiction and the need for treatment.
Recent Deaths Attributed to a Form of Ecstasy
For years, the popular “club drug” known as “ecstasy” has made the news. Typical images include young people dancing at concerts, in a state of “ecstasy” that the drug induces. However, today’s newest incarnation of the drug – which has been known as MDMA (3-4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) – has taken on an entirely new face.
If you hear about “Molly” when your children are speaking, and if they aren’t referring to your family pet, they may be talking about a dangerous and possibly the purest form of MDMA. Increasingly glamorized by pop stars (which we also talk about here), kids think it’s pretty harmless. Until they overdose or if one of their friends die as a result.
Sadly, this has been happening more and more lately. At a concert in Boston in August 2012, a 19-year old New Hampshire woman died, and 2 other individuals overdosed on what was believed to be Molly (which, incidentally, is short for “molecule”).
In the wake of this, and other recent deaths, media are working to dispel the myths regarding this drug. Many young people still believe that ecstasy is “safe,” and that “Molly” – the newer form – is “no big deal.” Well, it is a big deal. And if the increase in deaths doesn’t send a strong message about its dangers, more people will abuse, overdose, and potentially die from taking this drug.
Getting back to treatment: An adolescent with a drug addiction has special needs that may not be addressed in adult rehab programs. This is why it is so important to find a suitable treatment program in Massachusetts that is skilled in treating teenage addiction.
One of the reasons teens may turn to drugs is to avoid negative feelings. All youth want to feel like they fit in somewhere. Those who have a hard time finding their place in social circles may turn to negative influences for a sense of belonging. When that happens, teens may use drugs to fit in at first. Then they discover the euphoria and pleasant feelings and continue using the harmful substances.
Teens may also give in to peer pressure at parties or other functions simply to show others they belong. Peer pressure in youth is very powerful and can be another factor in contributing to substance abuse. Some teens may continue using due to challenges at home with parents or siblings. Others may have bad memories and discover they can bury those memories through drugs.
Regardless of the reason, a teen rehab program is always the best choice for treatment. Such a program will address the special challenges teens face while also teaching them how to avoid the pressures that cause them to abuse drugs in the first place.
A reputable treatment center that offers youth rehab will provide safe management of detox, counseling, and ongoing services. Individual counseling is useful in helping identify and address any underlying issues a teen may face. Whether the issue is peer pressure, wanting to fit in, or some challenge at home, a trained counselor can work with an adolescent to overcome the challenges he or she faces, without turning to drugs.
Many programs also offer group therapy sessions. For teens facing many different pressures and challenges in life group sessions offer support, encouragement, and understanding. Youth are more likely to respond to treatment when they realize they are not alone in their fight against addiction.
Teens need ongoing support and encouragement to get through the difficult trials of detox and to be successful in recovery. Learning how to avoid the behaviors and temptations leading to drug use is essential for preventing relapse in the future.
In Massachusetts, there are several treatment facilities that offer teen drug addiction programs. Any teen who needs treatment should get professional help from staff who are skilled and experienced in treating teenage substance abuse problems. Parents can be supportive but do not offer the professional insights and tools teens need to recover and lead a life free from addiction.