It may come as no surprise to parents of teenagers that there is often a hidden world among teens that parents just don’t share. Even in good families, those with loving adults, the attempt to share in what the teenagers are doing is often met with rebellion or rejection. Parents have the goal to raise children safely and to help them make sensible choices, even in tough situations. Teens want to try out new experiences and often their friends or peers have influence over them, which can lead to bad choices such as experimenting with drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, those choices can potentially result in addiction to one or more prescription pain killer, other drugs or alcohol.

Several studies have shown how far apart the parents’ and teens’ realities may be.

The annual survey, Monitoring the Future, from December 2011, showed that while some lessening of alcohol abuse was reported among high school students, that marijuana use was on the rise (exceeding tobacco use) and prescription drug use was stable. They also reported that fifty percent of high school seniors in the U.S. have used illicit drugs and 70% have tried alcohol by the time they graduate high school. Fully half of those who drank alcohol reported having been drunk at least one time. Most parents would not think their child is capable of such behavior.

For just slightly older students, the statistics are no better. In a 2007 report, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) found that half of U.S. college students reported involvement in binge drinking, illegal drug use, or prescription drug abuse. And, more alarming than that was that nearly two million American college students met the criteria for substance abuse or dependence, which is three times higher than the rate among the general population.

A parent does have the ability to stop abuse of drugs, despite what you may think. In fact, no matter what the child says to you when you talk to him about drugs, he hears you and will listen more than he lets on. In fact, in one of the CASA studies, they found that children whose parents agreed on their anti-drug message and conveyed that message decisively to their children have lower drug abuse rates.

Teen Drug Use Rehab Need

So how do you know if your child/teen is using drugs or has a problem with drugs or alcohol? If they are not talking directly to you about any issues with drugs, you may need to change the way you see your son or daughter. Take a good look at the signs that may point to drug abuse. Are their grades dropping? Do they miss classes at school? Are they usually friendly and talking with the family during dinner times, or do they refuse to hang out with the family, preferring to hide out in their room and just play video games? Are the signs of drug abuse there? Have they stopped taking care of themselves, and are they giving you excuses for everything that is wrong and explaining away any apparent problems?

If you see these signs, even if your teen is not talking to you about drug abuse, ask them directly. Offer to help.

Help is available for those who have lost control of their drug or alcohol consumption at Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers around the world.

Narconon has been helping people to recover from drug and alcohol addiction for forty five years, and has centers on six continents in fifty locations around the world. Narconon treatment programs can help to get your family back together.

One key aspect of the Narconon drug rehab program is the full detox one experiences on the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. In this program of moderate exercise, dry-heat sauna and careful nutritional supplementation, the residual toxins of drugs and alcohol are eliminated. The result of getting rid of these is that one has fewer or no cravings for the drugs that were being used before, and the person has a fresh outlook on the world around him, and is getting ready to face a future without using alcohol or drugs as a crutch.

Narconon has helped seventy percent of its graduates to stay clean and sober after completing the program and going home. Families of those who have recovered using Narconon services are very appreciative of the program that brought their loved ones back again.

Call today to find out the full scope of the Narconon program. It is drugless, comprehensive, holistic, and very effective.

Resources: National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse Wasting the Best and the Brightest: Substance Abuse at America’s Colleges and Universities

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