Teen addiction may be one of the things parents worry about most. As young people begin to experience more independence with relaxed boundaries and new friend groups, they may be drawn to experimenting with drugs or alcohol.
At Beyond Healthcare, we know how troubling it can be when your teen has a substance use disorder. We offer several therapies, including individual counseling, family support, and medication management for addiction, to help your teen recover. Our center in Fairlawn, Ohio and our secure virtual spaces provide safe, supportive environments where your teen can learn the skills to overcome their addiction. Call 330.621.0725 or contact us online to learn more about how medication management can help your teen.
Recognizing Teen Addiction
It can be difficult to tell if your teen is engaging in regular drug use or if they have an addiction. Here are some signs that may indicate your teen has a problem:
- Changes in behavior, such as becoming more withdrawn, moody, or belligerent
- Slipping grades or disengagement at school
- Loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy
- Sudden changes in friends or hanging out with a new crowd
- Withdrawal from the family or secrecy about their activities
- Spending more time alone in their room
If you’re concerned that your teen may be addicted to drugs or alcohol, don’t wait to seek help. The sooner you get them into treatment, the better their chances are for a full recovery.
What Is Medication Management?
Medication management is working with a professional to create a plan that will help reduce negative symptoms and improve functioning. It can involve creating a tapering schedule to slowly reduce substance use, as well as prescribing medications to lessen withdrawal symptoms or cravings.
Why Is Medication Management Important?
Adolescents and teens are still growing and developing, both physically and mentally. This means that their brains are especially vulnerable to the effects of substances. In fact, substance abuse can actually lead to changes in brain structure and function. Medication management for addiction can help to protect the developing brain by mitigating the harmful effects of substances.
It’s also important to consider the psychological effects of addiction. Many teens and adolescents struggle with mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression. Substance abuse can worsen these conditions. Medication management can help to stabilize mental health conditions, making a recovery from addiction more successful.
The Benefits of Medication Management
There are many benefits to medication management, both for those struggling with addiction and their loved ones. Some of these benefits include:
- Improved functioning at home, school, and work
- Increased participation in treatment
- Decreased use of substances
- Improved mental health
- Increased ability to participate in activities you enjoy
If you are considering medication management for your teen or adolescent, reach out to Beyond Healthcare. We offer medication management services that can help your child on the road to recovery.
Find Your Teen Help at Beyond Healthcare
Beyond Healthcare is here to help your family through this difficult time. We know that not everyone is comfortable with prescription options for their teens, which is why we connect with every family and discuss a plan before starting any medications. Our medication management for addiction program also closely monitors your teen’s prescription use to track their progress and any side effects.
Our partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs also use individual and group therapy to support your teen as they get sober and build their foundation for a healthy future. Therapy options are great ways to complement a medication management plan for a healthier recovery.