As a parent, learning your child may be abusing drugs or alcohol is one of the worst kinds of heartbreak you can experience.
The discovery of substance abuse in your family can lead to many nights of lost sleep and constant worry.
The desire to seek help may also be fraught with fear or denial about how bad the situation is. No matter where you are in the process of dealing with substance abuse, you are not alone.
Causes of Teen Substance Use Disorder
There are many reasons that teenagers are drawn to drugs. The most common themes have to do with peer pressure at school. However, some teens find that drug use helps them cope with the stress of adolescence, sports and other activities that may be demanding their attention.
We are also seeing an increase in the number of teen substance users who started out with a prescription and became dependent.
Warning Signs of Substance Use
The signs of teen substance abuse can vary widely depending on the type of drug being used. In most cases, your teen will become elusive and secretive, maybe avoiding the family.
Getting into trouble at school, or getting caught stealing are also common symptoms of addiction.
If your child starts getting sick when they are not using, it is a sign that the body has become dependent on a drug, which may keep them from functioning normally unless they have more.
Many other signs of addiction will likely sound alarm bells to you, especially if they are very out of character for your teen.
Substances Commonly Used by Teens
The number of drugs currently available to teen boys is quite lengthy. While most parents are familiar with marijuana and alcohol, there are also many chemical substances available in your medicine cabinet, which have become increasingly popular amongst addicts.
Many teens take legally manufactured pharmaceutical drugs such as these:
Without a prescription, these drugs have high-potential for dangerous effects. Through means of technology, many common hardcore street drugs including cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine have also become more readily available.
Our Substance Use Treatment Program for Boys
At Lakeside Academy we are a Christian substance abuse recovery center in Minnesota created just for teenage boys ages 13-18. Our residential drug recovery program has been saving lives and families year after year by providing a wide range of individualized help and services for every student.
Each program begins with a one-on-one assessment, after which a 6-12 month plan is created that may include:
- Licensed chemical dependency treatment – typically 30-60 days, which is then reduced to a maintenance level later on
- Mental health counseling services as needed
A Holistic Substance Abuse Program
Additional services focus on the following:
- Redirection of problematic or self-destructive behavior
- Improved self-control
- Communication and self-advocacy
- Character development
- Faith formation and spiritual growth
- Physical health and activity
- Academics and project-based learning
Addiction Treatment Options at Lakeside Academy
Lakeside Academy is a premier long-term drug recovery center for teen boys in Buffalo, MN. Our Christian substance abuse program provides your child with a network of positive support while they learn to overcome their addictions.
Most students spend a full year at our facilities, which includes an intensive detox period during the early months.
During their time here, teens will receive support from a staff of compassionate professionals who can help them develop appropriate coping strategies to keep them away from drugs in the future.
We work to resolve any stressors that are causing the abuse in the first place and help teens understand the impact of their decisions on their future, as well as their entire family unit.
To learn more about the Lakeside Academy Christian chemical dependency recovery program, contact us today. Our team is here and ready to answer any questions you may have about starting treatment right away.