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Summertime Teen Surveillance

by James Heller 14. June 2013 09:58
At long last, teens have been released from the school for the summer break.  While most of them look forward to the freedom that awaits, most parents need to find ways to keep them busy and in check.  While you can’t imprison them at home for 3 months, it is important that you remain aware of patterns that may indicate alcohol or drug use.
 
 
The last month of a high school year is filled with youth anticipation.  Plans are made between friends, gatherings scheduled, and phone numbers and email addresses are exchanged with acquaintances.  Some adolescents will plan to be very active during the summer months, and others will choose to take it easy.  Either way, parents will be concerned about their welfare at some point.

It’s almost impossible to keep tabs on your household teens all of the time.  They need their freedom, and you have to go to work or a have home to take care of.  There will be a good amount of time that teens are away from you for several hours or even a few days.  Assuming your family has been free from substance use problems, you will probably trust them to not get involved with alcohol or drugs, but you may still worry.
Temptation to get high is everywhere, these days, and teens are very impressionable.  A 14 year old who gets excellent grades and is very active in school activities can get hooked on drugs just the same as dropout.  This is not mentioned to instill fear, but you should be constructively aware of the signs of substance use.  If you ignore the early stages of youth alcohol and drug use, you will open the door to more frequent use and future problems.

Watch for the signs.  Teens that begin using alcohol and drugs will often go through an abrupt change of friends.  They will spend less and less time at home, and sleeping patterns will change.  Conflicts with parents increase.  The “flu” may visit your house more than once in a short period of time.  If you happen to find drugs or paraphernalia in their room, be assured that it does not belong to a friend.

If you still want to avoid a conflict with your teen and think substance use is just a passing phase, remember that most teen injuries and deaths involve substance use.  Talk to them and get them help if they have a problem.
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Teen Substance Use Treatment Prevents Adult Problems

by James Heller 6. November 2012 15:24
The adolescent years can be emotionally rough, and almost all teens face pressure from friends to drink and use drugs.  Too many of them make substance abuse a regular activity and engage in negative and harmful behaviors.  It is important to start treatment as soon as behavior problems arise because they will otherwise multiply the likelihood of future problems with addiction.
 
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers provides vital youth substance use and mental health services so teens can get a better start on life.  The combination of individual and group substance abuse therapy, along with family therapy, helps them to learn new coping mechanisms.  Our Youth Services staff is trained to work with teens, and they only work with teens.

All teens deal with a rollercoaster of emotions and most of them work through the process, as awkward as that may get at times.  Alcohol and other drug abuseusually begin with an inability to cope with emotions.  Whether teens begin abusing substances based on genetics or environment is debatable, but the fact remains that the consequences are the same.  Brain development is effected by alcohol and other drug use, accidents happen, and most alcoholics and addicts partied heavily in their teen years.

Parents approach the issue of teen substance use in the home with various solutions.  Some allow drinking only in the home, and others forbid it completely.  Most parents really don’t know the most effective way to deal with teen behavior problems.  A calm and loving discussion is usually the best way to start, though.  You can decide after that if a treatment assessment is necessary.

However you handle it in your home, Tarzana Treatment Centers would rather help your teen before adulthood rather than when addiction has set in.  Our Medication Assisted Treatment services, including Vivitrol, are helping a lot of adults battle alcoholism and addiction.  But some of them have suffered multiple relapses before these treatments.  It’s better to avoid that fight and start treatment early.

We can help to foster communication in the family and rebuild relationships.  We help you and your child to discover problems and work through them.  This guidance leads teens to understand that processing emotions is better than escaping from them with alcohol or other drugs.  

Please contact us today for more information.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Teen Alcohol and Drug Trends on Social Media

by James Heller 28. August 2012 15:03
Social media is a powerful tool that can be used to influence teens.  Recent studies indicate that these sites are being used by adolescents to promote alcohol and drug use.  Common sense suggests that these same sites can be used to discourage alcohol and drug use, and to promote recovery.
 
 
Alcohol and drug trends have not improved among high school aged children.  Efforts to keep kids off of drugs have not softened, but this ever-evolving world creates new challenges for those of us who work to that end.  Technology advancements, in terms of youth substance abuse, have created an entirely new world for teens to pressure each other into alcohol and drug use.

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Social media seem to be contributing to the overall trend, with 75 percent of teens saying that seeing photos of other teens partying on Facebook, MySpace or other social networking sites made them want to do the same.
Nearly half of teens who have seen such pictures perceived that the teens in the photos "are having a good time."
Kids who had seen such photos were three to four times more likely to have used marijuana, alcohol or tobacco compared to kids who had not viewed this type of picture.


The numbers may seem out of reach, but we must keep in mind that the battle to keep teens drug-free has never been easy.  Education is a tried and true method of turning adolescents away from alcohol and drugs.  Social media needs to be used to educate teens about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, or they will only see what they believe is “a good time”.

Tarzana Treatment Centers has been successful in promoting recovery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  One message can be seen by thousands of individuals when only a few of our Friends and Followers click on a link.  Our services, like Vivitrol treatment, gain exposure, and some new clients have informed us that they contacted us after seeing a social media post.

It is likely that everyone reading this, with a social media account, has at least one teen Friend or a Friend with one.  This means that they can see what you post.  Imagine how much of a positive impact we can all make if we post anti-alcohol and anti-drug messages on our Walls and Tweets.  

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Alcohol Dependence and Drug Addiction -Tolerance

by James Heller 18. May 2010 13:48
Tolerance, as it relates to alcohol dependence and drug addiction, is often misunderstood by many in the general public.  In the manner that drug and alcohol tolerance functions, it can be a safety mechanism to the body and, at the same time, deadly.  This makes awareness of the subject critical for anyone who engages in alcohol abuse or drug abuse, as well as those in recovery.

It can easily be assumed that tolerance means that an individual can drink more alcohol without getting drunk, or handle drug use in a seemingly controlled manner.  With this assumption comes the belief that these “abilities” are an example of the natural differences that exist from one individual to another.  While this is partially true, the nature of alcohol and drug tolerance is much more complicated.

Alcohol tolerance is the example with which most people can relate.  Consider the amount of alcohol you need to drink before you feel the effects, or “buzzed”.  Let’s say this is 2 beers.  If you drink 2 beers every day, over time you will feel less of an effect.  If you want to feel the same effect, you must drink more alcohol.  The amount of alcohol needed for the same feeling will continue to increase as you add more alcohol.  

The same concept works with drugs.  Alcohol abuse or drug abuse can result from tolerance since individuals will chase that feeling by drinking or using more on each occasion.  If the cycle continues with regular daily alcohol or drug intake, the body can become physically dependent and alcoholism or drug addiction is the result.  

On this road to addiction that we just followed, the brain has protected the body from overdose, with tolerance, by adjusting to the higher levels of substance use.  This benefit of drug tolerance can become a dangerous consequence, though, for recovering individuals who relapse.  The addicted brain still needs a large amount of drugs for an effect, but the body returns to a lower tolerance of what is essentially a poison.

At the time of first use on a relapse, the brain will dictate the most recent amount of drugs used to get a desired effect.  If the formerly recovering addict is not careful, this amount can easily cause a drug overdose or even be fatal.  Many drug addicts are not aware of this fact, and will even ignore warnings from fellow drug users because they don’t realize the consequences they face.

While alcoholics are less likely to overdose on alcohol during first use on a relapse, they may experience what is known as a lack of tolerance.  At this point, a drunken feeling may result from only 1 drink.  Lack of tolerance can actually occur with anyone who drinks alcohol, but it is typically coupled with alcohol dependence.  Of course, that 1 drink will still not be enough to satisfy alcoholics and they can become a danger to themselves through inebriation and alcohol’s effect on the body.

This information is good to share with teens, friends in recovery, or anyone you may know who engages in alcohol abuse or drug abuse.  Too many see tolerance as a benefit both early in substance use and in addiction.  Tolerance is explained in effective alcohol and drug treatment as part of addiction education groups to prevent accidental overdoses among those who may relapse.  Bringing this awareness to the general public may save even more lives.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides youth alcohol and drug treatment and addiction education.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence, drug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

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Adolescent Drug Addiction – Don’t Discriminate

by James Heller 5. May 2010 12:37
Teen drug addiction does not only occur with drugs like heroin and methamphetamines.  Prescription opiate and benzodiazepine abuse can quickly lead to addiction, and we should not forget about marijuana and alcohol which are still drugs.  Parents need to be aware of these facts so they can easily spot the signs of impending drug addiction with their youth.

Don’t be fooled by the idea that if you don’t catch your adolescent using strong drugs, then it is not a big deal.  Granted, finding evidence of heroin or methamphetamine use can scare any parent into contacting the closest drug treatment center.  Too many parents, though, do not take the same drastic action with other drugs, and may simply resort to grounding or other minor punishments.

Alcohol and marijuana are the best examples.  Many parents still believe it is okay to allow teen alcohol use in the home, in hopes that they will not drink outside the home.  In most cases they will and put themselves at risk of injury and death.  Adolescents, in most cases, simply don’t drink responsibly like adults.  Getting a buzz is the purpose as opposed to having a social moment with friends.

The 21st Century has seen an equalizing with alcohol of the social acceptance of marijuana.  The drug has become normalized with such a high percentage of the population having smoked pot in younger days.  If marijuana use caused them no major problems, parents may allow their teens to use it or just wave it off as typical youth behavior.   What they don’t know is that marijuana is now much more potent and addictive, and can also lead to injury or death if they drive under the influence of pot.

Now prescription drugs like Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Oxycodone (Oxycontin), and benzodiazepines (Xanax and Valium) have become popular with adolescents.  Adolescent prescription drug abuse is largely driven by a low perception of risk.  Teens believe there is no danger that comes with the high, as long as they take the drugs in controlled situations.  But drug addiction can take hold quickly with these drugs, which can lead them to try heroin addiction since it is cheaper and more potent.

Drug addiction treatment usually begins with drug detox or alcohol detoxDrug withdrawal symptoms include flu-like aches and intestinal problems among others, and alcohol withdrawal can be fatal in serious cases.  It is best to avoid the need for medical detoxification before teen drug treatment.  The way to do this is to treat all teen drug abuse equally, and seek treatment at the earliest signs of use.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides youth alcohol and drug treatment, as well as prevention education.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence, drug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Teen Substance Use - Prevention and Treatment

by James Heller 22. April 2010 13:50
It’s no secret that a certain percentage of teens will recreationally use alcohol or drugs before they finish high school.  We would all like to wave a magic wand and put a stop to it, but that is just a dream.  We can only do our best to teach adolescents the damage that alcohol abuse and drug abuse will cause in their lives.

Sometimes it seems like a futile effort.  Some of our youth will engage in substance use no matter what they are taught, or even if they face legal and academic consequences.  Many of them begin using out of curiosity or peer pressure, and others do so in order to escape negative feelings.  Some are even undiagnosed with mental health disorders, and find comfort in self-medicating.

The consequences of teen alcohol and drug abuse are evident to anyone whose primary work is in service to adolescents.  At schools, we see promising students suddenly miss homework assignments or watch grades drop on tests.  Youth organizations and similar groups notice that some kids just stop attending meetings and functions.

Sadly, there is no magic wand that will put an end to adolescent substance abuse.  Prevention is an effort that must continue, though, because teens will otherwise not hear our message of consequences.  They will be left only with reasons to try alcohol and drugs, and none make them think first about future problems.  Although it may seem like a lost cause, at times, lives are saved every day.

In times of doubt, remember that when teens engage in alcohol abuse or drug abuse they increase the likelihood of future problems with alcohol dependence or drug addiction.  Each and every adolescent that hears this message gets the opportunity to live into adulthood alcohol and drug free.  At the very least, we can attempt to delay the start of substance use until after adolescence.

It is also important that we know when to refer teens to youth alcohol and drug treatment.  There is often a delay because of the mistaken parallel between adolescent substance abuse and adult substance abuse.  In actuality, teens need to at least speak with an addiction counselor at the first sign of abuse so the true nature of the problem can be understood in each case.

Adolescent alcohol and drug treatment helps teens to discover why they use alcohol or drugs.  This allows them to grow by dealing with life problems instead of escaping with substance use.  When mental health disorders are discovered, the treatment center should include in-house care for co-occurring mental health disorders.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides youth alcohol and drug treatment, as well as prevention education.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence, drug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Medical Marijuana vs Teen Marijuana Abuse

by James Heller 20. October 2009 07:36
The US Department of Justice has relaxed enforcement of federal marijuana laws on legal users and dispensaries in states where medical marijuana is legal.  Individuals can have their opinions about the new guidelines.  But it gives us the opportunity to again stress the adolescent marijuana abuse problem we now face.

Don’t get distracted by the uncertainty brought on by the new quasi-legal status of marijuana.  Is marijuana safe for medical use? Is it legal or illegal? Should adolescents ever use marijuana? Instead, since the consequences of youth drug abuse are very severe, we hope this article will help you focus on preventing it from happening in your home.

Adolescent marijuana abuse trends, though, have remained steady over the past few years.  This is for a variety of reasons.  Teens report that it is easier to obtain than alcohol, and there is also a perception of low risk with use.  It is likely that teens will now find it easier to obtain and, like other prescription drugs, will more readily perceive it as safe to use.

For the good of society or not, the decriminalization of marijuana has consequently encouraged some physicians and entrepreneurs to take advantage of the situation.  They prescribe and sell marijuana in a manner that does not meet the intent of current laws.   So it is almost common these days to see teens showing off their marijuana prescription.

However, most experts who advocate medical marijuana still only recommend it for AIDS patients. Unless a trusted physician prescribes marijuana for a real medical purpose, teens should not use it considering the effect it has on adolescent development.  Parents should always get a second and possibly third opinion when it is prescribed.  

Finally, you must talk to your teens about marijuana.  If you don’t tell them the negative aspects of using marijuana, they will most likely listen to their friends.  Learn as much as you can about adolescent drug abuse so you can give them the facts, and not sound like you are just “barking orders”.  In the end, your teens may still try marijuana.  But they will hear your words if problems develop.

A portion of an article from the Washington Post is below.  The full article offers a clear view of the availability of marijuana in California, where medical marijuana was pioneered.  

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At the other end of the supply chain, some 200 dispensaries have opened using a legal loophole in an L.A. moratorium on such outlets, some making only the thinnest pretense of operating as "caregivers," the legal justification for providing cannabis directly.

 "Medical marijuana, right here, right now," chants a barker on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, outside the doorway of the Medical Kush Beach Club. "Get legal, right now."

It really is that easy, the barker explains. Before being allowed to enter the upstairs dispensary and "smoking lounge," new customers are directed first to the physician's waiting room, presided over by two young women in low-cut tops. After proving state residence and minimum age (21), customers see a doctor in a white lab coat who for $150 produces a "physician's recommendation."

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Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides youth alcohol and drug treatment.  If you or a loved one needs help with drug addiction or alcohol dependence, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.