adolescent falling victim to a Substance Use DisorderInsurance law changed in the recent past, listing addiction as an actual brain disease and not a “bad habit.” Because of these changes, your insurance policy now covers your teen or young adult’s treatment. Of course, that coverage varies from policy to policy and person to person. For clear language and billing, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) now calls addiction a “substance use disorder.”

When you gain a diagnosis of a substance use disorder in your teen or young adult, their doctor usually goes a step further and classifies it as a mild, moderate or severe condition. This comes from a review of their symptoms, health and substance abuse methods. All of this information comes together to help them get the right level of care for long-term recovery.

Alcohol as a Substance Use Disorder

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is just one of multiple defined substance use disorders. Older terms for this condition include alcohol dependence, alcohol addiction, and alcoholism. This condition leads to serious health problems, even at your teen or young adult’s age. It derails their career goals, education, social life and reputation from what should be a very happy, exciting time in their life.

In 2012, about 64 percent of 12th-grade students abused alcohol. About 24 percent of 8th graders also drank alcohol. This is tragic, considering the number of problems drinking can cause for young bodies, minds, and your young person’s safety.

Moderate alcohol use disorder includes one drink per day for adult women and two drinks per day for adult men. In young people, alcohol affects them more and can put them at high risk for accidents and other problems, even at this moderate level.

Binge drinking is a significant problem among young people. This is especially common during college years when access to alcohol also increases. Binge drinking is having five or more alcoholic drinks on one occasion. Heavy drinking is having five or more drinks on five or more days within each month.

Marijuana as a Substance Use Disorder

This disorder, more technically called cannabis use disorder, is very common among young people. In 2014, one in fifteen Americans aged 12 or older reported using marijuana within the previous 30 days. About 42 million of these people have an actual cannabis use disorder and need treatment. The average age for starting use of cannabis is 18.5.

With the recent legalization of marijuana in some states, many people question whether overuse of marijuana is possible. But this overuse is common and can cause many life problems, starting with issues at school, work, and home life. Many people overuse marijuana, much like alcohol, despite the drug being legal.

Other Drug Use as Substance Use Disorders

Multiple types of drugs lead to problems for people of all ages. These include stimulants, hallucinogens, and opioids. You hear these called substance use disorders in general, or specifically as stimulant use disorder, hallucinogen use disorder and opioid use disorder.

The most commonly abused stimulants include amphetamines, cocaine, and meth. Hallucinogens include LSD and mushrooms. Opioids include heroin, prescription painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone, fentanyl, codeine, and morphine. Regardless of the type of drug your young person abuses, they need help from a quality substance use disorder treatment program, such as Zelus Recovery in Meridian, Idaho.

Quality Treatment for Teens and Young Adults

When your teen or young adult faces a substance use problem, they need professional help to get their life back on track for the future they truly deserve. Zelus Recovery works with teens and young adults to help them overcome substance abuse and build a brighter future that brings them lifelong satisfaction and joy, without alcohol or drugs.

Substance abuse programs of Zelus Recovery include:

Your young adult or teen can get his or her life back on track, with the right help. That help comes from Zelus Recovery in Meridian, Idaho. Call Zelus Recovery now at 866-365-4436 for more information about available programs for a substance use disorder.