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- COVID-19 Isolation and Teen Substance Abuse
- Teen Drug Use Harder to Spot During COVID-19 Social Isolation
- Signs of Teen Drug Use
- Recovery Happens Outpatient Rehabs
- Recovery Happens – Founder’s Legacy
- Jon Daily Parent Education Video
- Jon Daily’s Addiction Advocacy Work in the Sacramento Area
- Teen Substance Abuse Facts
- Looking for a Teen Outpatient Rehab Location ‘Near Me’?
COVID-19 Isolation and Teen Substance Abuse
Adults feel the stress – and teens are not immune. The isolation required with ‘stay at home’ orders and not visiting friends and family has been difficult. Not being able to attend concerts, social events or even go to restaurants has been disheartening and depressing.
For teens – the enforced isolation and lack of social contact has lead to increased internet and social media use. This is not totally positive.
The educational resources available on the internet in 2021 are truly amazing. Unfortunately – there are many less savory areas of the internet available; including the Dark Web.
All of these factors are a perfect storm for increased drug and alcohol use among teens. The impact of COVID-19 and lockdown on mental health of adolescents is serious. Some teens are profoundly depressed while others experience ongoing anxiety. And some adolescents are trending into despair – and using alcohol or drugs to cope.
Fortunately, help is available.
Teen Drug Use Harder to Spot
During COVID-19 Social Isolation
A major sign of teen drug use before the era of COVID-19 was increasing isolation at home. Alternating with insistence of spending more time out with friends.
With coronavirus – everyone is staying at home or within a quarantine ‘bubble’. And isolation is a universal experience.
So what are signs of teen drug use? They can be very subtle.
Signs of Teen Drug Use
“Teens are spending significantly more time at home and greater exposure to headlines regarding COVID-19 can increase anxiety,” said Elisa Trucco, FIU psychology assistant professor and affiliate of the FIU Center for Children and Families. “It’s important that parents talk with their teen about how they are feeling during this time given the increased risk for substance use.”
“Parents should also be more attentive to warning signs of stress and substance use among their teen during this time,” said Trucco.
Possible signs of teen substance use include:
- Increased secretive behavior
- Shifts in personality (e.g., silent, increased mood changes)
- Changes in appearance (e.g., poor hygiene, different odors on clothes).
While stress manifests differently in each teenager, it is important to watch for any behavior changes that may include:
- Excessive worrying or sadness
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Difficulty with concentration
- Unexplained headaches or body pains.
Parents should do their best in ensuring that all caregivers in the household cope with COVID-19 in a calm and confident manner to provide support for the teen.
Recovery Happens Outpatient Rehabs
Recovery Happens Outpatient Rehabs (formerly Recovery Happens Counseling Services) is a provider of high quality outpatient treatment for adolescents and adults in all stages of alcohol and substance use – from experimentation to addiction.
Our commitment is to work closely with the individual and family to help the client become drug free. Our goal then is to discover and treat the underlying issues which supported the emotional dysregulation and addiction.
For more information on Jon Daily’s addiction treatment work, see Jon Daily – Recovery Happens Founders Legacy
Recovery Happens – Founder’s Legacy
Recovery Happens Counseling Services was founded by Jon Daily, LSCW, CADC-II (1970-2017). Jon Daily was an expert in the specialized field of adolescent addiction treatment.
He specialized in the outpatient treatment of adolescents, young adults and their families experiencing addictive disorders and dual diagnosis issues.
The treatment philosophy and models he founded are the basis for treatment today at Recovery Happens Outpatient Rehabs. Treatment focuses first on intervention to stop the substance use. And then, the focus is educating the whole family.
Jon Daily observed that the progression of addiction is very different in teens than in adults; addictions develop faster in teens. The adolescent brain is still developing. And teen social and family connections are also different from adults.
Few kids recognize they have a problem from the start.
Jon Daily Parent Education Video
Jon Daily’s Addiction Advocacy Work in the Sacramento Area
Jon Daily’s addiction treatment advocacy in the local Sacramento community brought him to the front lines of addiction treatment community. He was the recipient of many awards including: Harold Cole Award, Miracle Award, Sacramento Valley Psychological Association Community Award, The Piece of the Puzzle Award, and the CCAPP VIP Award.
Jon’s desire was that his work in adolescent substance abuse would continue on through Recovery Happens Counseling Services (now Recovery Happens Outpatient Rehabs). His goal was that casualties in America’s war on drugs would find healing, peace, and wellness – just as he did.
The Recovery Happens Outpatient Rehabs team is devoted to seeing Jon Daily’s Legacy live on as we continue to provide high-quality addiction treatment, training, and advocacy.
Teen Substance Abuse Facts
By late adolescence, 78.2% of US adolescents had consumed alcohol, 47.1% had reached regular drinking levels defined by at least 12 drinks within a given year, and 15.1% met criteria for lifetime abuse.Use and Abuse of Alcohol and Illicit Drugs in US Adolescents – Results of the National Comorbidity Survey–Adolescent Supplement, National Institutes of Health
The opportunity to use illicit drugs was reported by 81.4% of the oldest adolescents, drug use by 42.5%, and drug abuse by 16.4%.
The median age at onset was 14 years for alcohol abuse with or without dependence, 14 years for drug abuse with dependence, and 15 years for drug abuse without dependence.
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