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Teens: If You’re Struggling with an Addiction, There’s Help

 

 

 

If you’re facing an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you should know that getting help can eventually bring healing. You might have experienced the difficult challenges that come with addiction. The fact that you can’t stop – that alone can be scary. Or you might find yourself needing to drink first thing in the morning. Another challenge of addiction is losing interest in anything other than drinking or drug use. You might begin to fantasize about the next time you’re going to use. The inability to stop using, neglecting your other interests in life, and excessive fantasizing are key indicators that an addiction is present.

Yet, with the right support, you can break the unhealthy cycle that addiction creates. You can return to the person you once were before the addiction. Even after a prolonged addiction, recovery is possible. However, you should know that it’s difficult. Recovery from addiction is not easy. But the mere fact that it’s possible and has worked for thousands of other teens across the country can be enough to try.

 

In fact, treatment for drug addiction is not unlike treating a chronic illness. It must include your willingness to work hard at changing deeply embedded habits, thoughts, and beliefs. As these internal patterns begin to change, you might experience a freedom from addiction. You might feel less trapped by the illness of addiction. Recovery is a strong possibility for any teen willing to go through the process of changing themselves.

 

You might be curious about what recovery from addiction in teens entails. The primary method of teen addiction treatment is a combination of medication, behavioral therapy, and addressing any underlying issues (abuse, domestic violence, trauma, or loss) that might have prompted the use of drugs or alcohol in the first place.

 

Medication can be used in different ways and at different times throughout the recovery process. For instance, it can be a tool to assist the process of withdrawal during detoxification. Other types of medication can facilitate the brain’s ability to adapt to the absence of the abused drug, and still other forms of medication can help to prevent relapse by inhibiting the brain’s triggers for craving drugs.

 

Behavioral Therapy examines any attitudes, beliefs, and thought patterns you might have that contribute to a dysfunctional lifestyle. For instance, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), specifically, is a form of psychotherapy that addresses unhealthy patterns of thought that lead to making poor choices. CBT also provides healthier coping mechanisms to help manage challenging emotions, triggering life circumstances, and stress, replacing any old methods of coping that may have furthered dysfunction and stress. CBT can also enhance the effectiveness of the treatment medication. This, in turn, assists with your ability to stay in treatment longer.

 

It’s important to remember that recovery from addiction is a path that only you can walk. Therefore, the desire to change must come from within you. All the therapeutic tools and medication might be available for you, but if you are not ready to let go of your addiction, then it will most likely remain a problem in your life.

 

If you do decide that you’re ready and you’re willing to make the commitment to a sober life, there are many forms of support to rely upon in recovery. With the right support, encouragement, and commitment, you can create a drug-free and healthy life.

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