The teen years are a time when young people go through a tremendous amount of changes. Not only are they trying to navigate through the physical changes that come with adolescence, but they are expected to deal with completing high school, deciding on a career (or at least a direction for one), choosing whether they will continue their education and, most importantly, figure out who they are. For teens who are already using drugs or alcohol, early intervention is key before the issue escalates to a more serious level.
Consequences of Substance Abuse Among Adolescents
Substance abuse is a serious matter among teens and many times is more than just a passing phase or something that the young person will grow out of once he or she is finished school. Using drugs and/or alcohol at a young age puts a teen at higher risk for a number of negative behaviors, including:
- Withdrawal from school activities
- Drunk driving
- Violent behavior
- Health problems
When To Intervene With a Teen Who Has a Substance Abuse Issue
You may be wondering when the best time is to enroll your teen in a substance abuse program. At Treatment Dynamics at Summit, we work with teens who have begun to experience negative consequences from their substance abuse.
Our goals in offering help in our Adolescent Early Intervention and Prevention (EIP) Program are to help our young clients develop insight into the negative effects of their drug or alcohol use. They may not fully grasp how their drug or alcohol use affects them and the relationship they have with their family members. We help them understand this while also giving them the tools to learn to resist going back to using in the future.
Adolescent Early Intervention and Prevention (EIP) Program
Our EIP Program is offered by way of a peer support group, where clients can share their thoughts and concerns with people who they feel comfortable with. If an adolescent appears to be struggling with substance abuse after completing our EIP Program, we can provide a relapse prevention group for continued support. A multiple family group also meets each week, and parents can attend their own support group.
If you would like to find out more about our outpatient teen substance abuse program offered at our Florham Park location, or any other of our personalized treatment programs for teens or adults, call us now!