Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person's brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. Substances such as alcohol, marijuana and nicotine also are considered drugs. When you're addicted, you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes.
It is never easy to find out your teen is using drugs. Communication is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your teens about drug use can help them make the decision not to use in the first place or to stop using if they already are.
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Cocaine is just one of the many drugs that is presently available to teens on the street. Teen addiction to cocaine is dangerous, and it is not something any family should have to endure. If your teen has an addiction to cocaine, it is very important that you send your teen to a rehab center as soon as possible.
At FCD Prevention Works, part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, we have worked with thousands of adults invested in keeping the children in their homes and communities healthy and safe. Many of these adults have watched bright students with vibrant futures threatened by alcohol and other drug use. These adults wonder, when a young person's use issue surfaces, what they could have done, if they should have seen it coming, and what signals they may have missed.
Your teen has been coming home after curfew. Your child is coming off moody, distant, and no longer wants to talk about his or her day. As much as you want to blame teenage hormones for these behaviors, you are worried that your son or daughter may be using drugs.
Teens are not adults. But they often have to make adult decisions about drugs and alcohol. Try to be aware of the pressures teens face and learn the signs of substance abuse.
If an adolescent starts behaving differently for no apparent reason—such as acting withdrawn, frequently tired or depressed, or hostile—it could be a sign he or she is developing a drug-related problem. Parents and others may overlook such signs, believing them to be a normal part of puberty. Parents tend to underestimate the risks or seriousness of drug use. The symptoms listed here suggest a problem that may already have become serious and should be evaluated to determine the underlying cause—which could be a substance abuse problem or another mental health or medical disorder.
You will also find information on spotting the signs and symptoms of substance use and hotlines for immediate assistance. Treatment for addiction takes many forms and depends on the needs of the individual. In accordance with the American Society of Addiction Medicine, we offer information on outcome-oriented treatment that adheres to an established continuum of care.