Why Teen’s Drug Test was Negative, Do we need a Drug Rehab?

ts_140807_drug_overdose_abuse_800x600Addiction can happen at any age, but unfortunately it often happens amongst young persons. Is your teen has tested negative for drugs?

That means there were no detectible traces of specific drugs the lab was looking for. However, that doesn’t mean that your young teen doesn’t use drugs. Different drug tests provide different results. If your child continues to use drugs despite harmful consequences, he or she may be addicted.

If a young teen starts to exhibit unusual behavior, and acts different, that may be the first sign of drug abuse and addiction. The most common signs of possible drugs use are: to appear withdrawn, to feel fatigued, tired or depressed, and being extremely irritated and antagonistic. Many parents and caregivers may attribute these signals to be a normal puberty stage. Although, some of these signals may be similar to many physical changes that take place during puberty, a parent needs to keep vigilant for some additional signs such as:
 – Change of friends in peer group
– Neglect of hygiene and grooming
– Decrease in school performance
– Skipping school or being tardy
– Loss of interest in sports and other activities
– Getting in trouble at school
– Getting in trouble with law
– Sudden appetite or sleeping changes
– Fall out relationships with friends and family

Addiction science had discovered more ways to show how drugs effect a brain function. We know that addiction is a mental health disorder and can be treated successfully when the patient obtains treatment at a Drug Rehab Center. Early intervention by parents and guardians is vital. Encouraging and facilitating proper rehab treatment may eventually save lives of teens who otherwise may be destined for self-destruction.

The parents often hope their children can stop using drugs on their own. However, continues use of drugs or alcohol results in changes in the brain function. Individuals with addictions exhibit changes in areas of the brain that are associated with: judgment, decision making, learning, memory, and behavior control. It may be very difficult to just quit using drugs, even if your teen is willing to do that. In most cases, a comprehensive drug rehab treatment is required to overcome addiction or substance abuse problems.
Many parents are at the loss as to where to begin looking for help for their young teen’s addiction problem. The first step is to obtain help from professionals who possess the skills and experience in dealing with drug abuse and addiction issues among adolescents.

You can start by bringing your child to a physician who can screen for signs of drug use and other related health conditions. Your doctor may give you a referral to an appropriate treatment provider. You may also contact an addiction specialist directly. A licensed treatment facility and a certified addition specialist may be able to provide all the necessary information you may need in order to start a drug rehab program.

For a loving parent it will take much of a determination and endurance to help their child to overcome possible drug or substance abuse problem. Most treatments may require a full time commitment, so it may interrupt school performance and attendance, any athletic activities, and overall normal day to day teen’s functions. With patience and support your teen will be able to recover from his or her addiction problem, and live a very productive and healthy life.

Reconsider your teen’s peer pressure environment and surroundings before re-entering their regular activities and commitments. While your teen becomes more independent, he or she may become vulnerable to the areas where drugs are easily available.

Additional resources:
http://teens.drugabuse.gov/educators/nida-teaching-guides
http://teens.drugabuse.gov/parents
http://www.drugfree.org/think-child-using/your-first-step-ask/?gclid=CIaam969hscCFQ2VfgodxscHng

 

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Dr. Black Jones