Drug and alcohol abuse is a steadily increasing issue among youth across the United States. Parents need to know and look out for signs of drug abuse and symptoms of chemical dependency. Physical dependence occurs when the body becomes more tolerant of substances over time, meaning more chemicals are needed to achieve the same effects. A sudden adjustment in chemical intake results in uncomfortable physical symptoms known as withdrawal. Dependence is a troublesome consequence of substance abuse. Teenage drug or alcohol abuse, if left unaddressed, can potentially cause a vicious cycle of physical dependence. It’s crucial to stop the substance use disorder before it progresses.
At Venture Academy, our substance abuse treatment programs provide the comprehensive care that people may need to learn to overcome physical dependence on drugs. Reach out to Venture Academy today to learn more about our rehab facilities and substance abuse treatment for teens by filling out our online form or calling 866.762.2211.
What Is Physical Dependence?
No matter how a teenager begins using substances, a substance use disorder is a frightening risk. Physical dependence symptoms can be severely uncomfortable, leaving impressionable teenagers in their formative years in considerable danger. Some teens experiment with drugs or alcohol with friends, and others are exposed to recreational drug use by prescriptions given to them by their doctor. As mental, emotional, and social changes occur, it may be challenging to know whether or not a teenager is abusing substances or going through natural changes. However, there are innumerable signs to look out for, including:
- Changes in appearance and behaviour
- Isolating from friends and family
- Intense mood swings
- Different sleep patterns
- Depression or anxiety
- Low self-esteem
- Socializing with a different crowd
- Loss of interest in academics and usual interests
Signs substance abuse has turned into physical dependence include:
- Muscle weakness
What Is Substance Use Disorder?
A substance use disorder is a mental health condition in which drugs or alcohol are used in unhealthy ways. Teenagers with a substance use disorder have trouble in school and relationships because of their substance use, and to be diagnosed with a disorder, a teenager’s substance use must negatively affect areas of their life. If substance abuse is causing chemical dependence for the adolescent, it’s necessary to seek professional support. All substance use puts young people at risk for accidents, fighting, or overdose. Using substances interferes with brain development and can exacerbate mental health issues. Even occasional substance use is dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed by parents.
Substances frequently abused by teenagers include:
- Prescription drugs
Genetics, social pressures, individual personality traits, and psychiatric issues are factors that can cause substance use disorders. Adolescents who are children of substance abusers, victims of assault, or physically disabled are more at risk of developing a substance use disorder. If your loved one requires substance abuse treatment, there are a variety of treatment options for teenagers at Venture Academy in multiple locations across Canada.
Help Your Teen Overcome Physical Dependence at Venture Academy
Adolescents should receive services from programs and therapists with proficiency in treating adolescents with substance use disorders. Our team at Venture Academy has expertise in substance and behavioural treatment in teens. We help eliminate substance use in troubled youth by giving exceptional care in a safe and comfortable setting. Also, we provide teens with invaluable resources to help overcome substance abuse and prepare them for healthier lives after treatment. Our team is compassionate about restoring hope and improving the lives of young people.
If you want to learn more about our drug and alcohol treatment programs, please call us at 866.762.2211 or simply complete our online form. By contacting Venture Academy today, you will realise why our programs have an inspiring track record of helping teens take back control of their lives.