Many times it starts with a little pot and some drinking on the weekends for our teens. For the most part, although dangerous, these experimenting times in a teens life are short lived. But what about our children that go from the experimenting phase to the addicted phase? These numbers are rising with all the new "designer" drugs out there. Heroin has been around for a long time and has now made a comeback on our streets and even more concerning, in our schools.
Heroin is a very dangerous drug. With the propensity for overdose, our kids are dying every day from the abuse of the drug. In some cases we are seeing a pathway to the addiction to heroin. There are prescription drugs being sold on the street and in our schools that mimic the effect caused by heroin. Many kids don't see taking these pills as a problem because they come from doctors therefore they must be safe. Percocet, Oxycontin, Roxycontin, and Vicodin are all common examples of these drugs. For the most part an addiction to prescription drugs is a very expensive habit. These pills are being sold at very high costs. A pill on the street can run as high as $50. The tolerance to these drugs grows very quickly and then the habit becomes too expensive to sustain.
The answer to their problem is not to stop. Heroin is a cheaper and as effective a way to get high as the pills that became too expensive to pay for. Most times a teenager will begin using heroin by ingesting the powder through the nose. Again, the tolerance to the drug grows and the high produced is not the same. The child is looking to get the same high as the first time they used the drug and just can't seem to get there. The next avenue to taking heroin is to inject it into the body with needles. Any time something is put directly into the blood stream, overdose to the drug increases exponentially.
What is the answer for parents who have a teenager addicted to prescription drugs or heroin? Is outpatient treatment enough? Is a psychologist an answer to the problem? Here at Clearbrook Treatment Centers we have a program designed for adolescents who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. Clearbrook Lodge has been treating the disease of addiction since 1972 and again specializes in teenage addiction. When the parent is in crisis they need help. They need someone to talk to that can analyze the situation and take an objective view as to what treatment is needed to overcome the addiction.
Please don't wait to call us. Every minute counts in a situation that you are in. We are available 24/7 for help. Please call toll free 1-800-582-6241 or click the link below to our page on teenage drug treatment.