When it comes to parenting a teenager, no parent wants to think their child could be struggling with addiction. And, what compounds the problem is that the symptoms can be hard to spot. Teenagers tend to be moody, irritable and tired so it is easy to assume those behaviors are just your teen being a “normal teen.” Some kids struggle in school as subject matter intensifies in high school so that is fairly common and if your child is struggling in school you may dismiss it. If you have noticed a change in your teenager’s behavior, or other common signs or symptoms of drug addiction, it is important to seek help. The National Institute of Drug Abuse for Teachers reports the startling rate of addiction among teens, “According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2015, more than 1 million youths in the United States between the ages of 12 and 17 met diagnostic criteria for problem use or dependence (addiction) on illicit drugs or alcohol. Of these, only 198,000 youths received treatment at a specialty facility.” The sooner you notice and seek help for your teenager’s drug addiction, the better for effective treatment. Diebold Behavioral Counseling has been successfully assisting families in treating teenager drug addiction for years. With extensive experience in the unique challenges of teen drug addiction, we can help you become equipped with the tools needed to overcome addiction. Not sure what to watch for? Below are 5 common signs of drug addiction in teenagers.
1. Change in Physical Appearance
2. Social Withdrawal / Change in Relationships or Peer Groups
3. Missing Money, Valuables or Prescription Medication
4. Change in Academic Performance
5. Change in Personality
It literally took an Act of God to get me to counseling. I was really scared and didn’t really trust that any counselor could help. I’m so glad I made myself seek help. It’s made a world of difference.- Charlie F.
I’ve thought about calling you almost every month I’ve picked up a chip. I haven’t had a drink since the night before I first came to see you…I remember sitting there with nothing but defeat and telling you I had no faith that it would be different “this time.” You told me it already was– that it was written all over my face…I hope you are well and thank you again for the boost and redirect you gave me.- D.M.
I had an issue with painkillers (opiates). What started as a lower back injury from working out turned into an addiction to vicodin and percocet..I’m proud to say, after months of counseling with DJ I am clean and sober and love my life again… If you need help with addiction, or are scared to talk with your family and friends, I strongly suggest you contact Diebold Behavioral Counseling. DJ Rocks!!!- Beth K.
Finally after seeing multiple counselors and at the end of my rope, I met someone who was able to get through to me. After a lifetime of off and on alcohol abuse and multiple DUIs, DJ helped me get my life back, emotionally, spiritually and physically as well as my personal and professional life and relationships. In my opinion, DJ is a true lifesaver!- Patrick P.