Substance abuse among young people is a much bigger problem than many parents realize. How big? One in 10 kids 12 to 17 years of age are current users of illicit drugs, according to a government survey. The good news? Parents can also do a lot more than some realize to help protect teens from drugs or alcohol.
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Call to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor. Who Answers? Meth addiction affects many young people and is notoriously difficult to treat. The best chance of treating a meth addiction is to catch it early. People who become addicted to meth tend to have more energy in the beginning, even on very little sleep. They may become extremely talkative and easily excitable, filled with euphoria and seemingly limitless energy. People on meth usually eat less and refuse to stay still for long periods.
In a new book, author Anne Fletcher reveals the good and the bad state of care in drug rehab facilities. Last summer, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University released a report detailing the devastating state of addiction treatment. In her book Inside Rehab Fletcher investigates the erratic quality of care in some of these facilities and how some centesr are working to improve treatments. Disclosure: I was interviewed and cited in the book on the subject of rehabilitation for teens.
A first-time rehab experience can be intimidating. Even if you want to quit an addiction, you may still be nervous or scared about going to rehab because you don't know what to expect. Knowing what happens in rehab can put your mind at ease.