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It has been widely reported in recent years that prescription drug abuse among teens is on the rise. Where in the past, teens who acknowledged using substances would most often name marijuana and alcohol as things they had tried, today it’s much more common to see prescription drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, and Xanax on the list. As we tell people at our Sacramento rehab, this is a trend that we all need to be aware of. Everyone in a teen’s sphere of influence needs to be ready to take action as needed.
The Challenge of Detecting Substance Abuse
Prescription drug abuse among teens can be especially hard for parents to spot. Unlike marijuana and alcohol, which have telltale odors, these drugs do not. And because mood swings and odd behaviors tend to be common even in adolescents who aren’t involved in substance abuse, people often overlook them.
However, there are signs parents and other loved ones can and should be looking for in teens, especially if they begin to suspect the child may be experimenting with prescription drugs. They include:
Conversation is a Great Starting Point
At our Sacramento detox rehab, we stress that dialogue can be key when it comes to intervening in a teen’s prescription drug abuse. We encourage parents and loved ones to be open, honest, and direct in discussing the issue. If you’ve got questions about how our programs and services can help, give us a call or submit the form below: