Adolescent drug addiction can be treated in a number of ways. The procedures and mechanisms vary with the individual. The best plan incorporates a holistic treatment philosophy adapted to the individual. The signs and symptoms, age, mental status, physical condition, etc are some of the factors that determine the nature and extent of therapy to be administered to an adolescent addict. The three crucial factors that should always be considered when creating a treatment plan are accompanying disorders, difficulties in studies, and support from the family.


Adolescent drug addicts often suffer from mental health issues and learning disorders. Sometimes, it can become difficult to distinguish between conditions because the symptoms overlap. Therefore, it is not uncommon for co-occurring disorders in teens to go undetected and remain untreated. In such situations, the strain felt from these additional disorders can trigger a relapse in recovered addicts. This is the reason why thorough investigation and diagnosis is very important when taking up cases of drug addiction in adolescents. Correct and timely diagnosis can lead to recovery.


Since adolescent drug addicts are often struggling with academics, poor grades can often lead to a lowering of self-respect and esteem. Withdrawal from school activities and staying away from school friends can result from such behavior. Since school is a major part of any adolescent’s life, such conduct can cause them to retreat into a shell. Therapy is one avenue where such issues can be brought to the fore by discussions. If there are any learning disabilities involved, these can also be discussed. Academic support should be provided to adolescent addicts. This will help them catch up with the class and regain their self-confidence.   


Family members should always be a part of adolescent drug addiction treatment plans. Family members have an understanding of the circumstances that may have led to an adolescent picking up the drug habit. Their support is essential in rebuilding the young person’s physical and mental health. It lays the foundation for harmonious family relationships in the future. Treatment strategies should always include family sessions.


Finally, keep in mind that the treatment procedure for one adolescent with a drug abuse problem may be different from the procedure to be adopted for another one. This said, the above mentioned factors invariably play an important role in the recovery process toward permanently kicking the drug habit.

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