The teen years are characterized by rapid growth and change. During this time, young people begin trying out different activities and identities. They may be influenced by media or their peers. Unfortunately, this period of experimentation is often characterized by substance abuse.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONG TEENS
There are a few fast facts that you should know about teen substance use.
WHEN SHOULD I TALK TO MY TEEN?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends screening for substance use in children as young as nine years old. This policy emerged in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which observed earlier and earlier substance abuse among pre-teens and teenagers. You can hold an age-appropriate discussion with your child at any point.
If you suspect that your teenager has begun to misuse drugs or alcohol, resources are available. First, read over the signs of teen substance abuse. If you have observed these symptoms in your child, we can help.
ARCH Academy is an alternative school for teen boys. We help your child to break the cycle of substance abuse through evidence-based best practices. With caring staff, engaging activities and an accredited approach, we help families find recovery.
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Teen substance use significantly increases your child’s risk of adult health problems, including high blood pressure, sleep disorders, heart disease and substance use disorder.
Adventure therapy, otherwise known as experiential therapy, has been shown to greatly benefit adolescents in recovery.
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