According to the CDC, teen drug and alcohol use is generally in decline. While that may be good news, many of these decreases have only happened in recent years. Teen addiction is still a huge problem in both rural and urban areas today. For many types of drugs and alcohol use has remained the same. No matter what the patterns are, thousands of teen boys and girls are hurting from addiction right now.
Take a closer look at these charts to see the various drugs and how that numbers change over time. Questions include a wide range of drinking activities ranging from one drink in their lifetime to driving while drinking. Every major illicit drug is included, plus inhalants.
Some of you have kids who need help. You may know a family who is worried about their teen being out late and coming home in a stupor. No matter what the reason, it can’t ever hurt to know more about helping other people. Teens who don’t get help for their addiction often become adults with even deeper problems.
This website allows you to get in touch with someone right away. Phone numbers are on the top of the web page and forums can be accessed instantly. The left sidebar showcases a wealth of information for all kinds of issues. You can look up any topic and find helpful articles plus many resources for treatments or information.
This website offers online support groups for more than just addiction. Anything from acne to sexual abuse is available here. This variety of choices can be helpful if your teen has other issues besides addiction, which is not uncommon. The site also has many informative articles, health blogs, and answers from experts.
Support Groups in Your Local Area
Drug and alcohol treatment centers often hold teen therapy or support groups in their facility. It may be part of a drug education program or it may be run as a self-help group. Contact the treatment centers in your area for more information on teen support groups. Medical offices will often know of these groups as well.
If you have another national or local resource for teens with addiction, please add them to the comment section. I can post them as an update at the end of this blog post later.
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Last reviewed: 8 Feb 2013