A young girl considers early interventionBeing an adolescent isn’t easy. It’s a period of transition in life and a time when the risk for drug abuse greatly increases. Unfortunately, young teens don’t realize that trying drugs can lead to negative effects that last a lifetime. At Zelus Recovery in Meridian, Idaho, our Early Intervention Program helps teens who are at risk for developing a drug or alcohol addiction.

Why Do Teens Use Drugs?

Adolescence is a critical time in teens’ lives because their personalities begin to take shape. It’s during this time that chemical changes in their bodies and environmental factors influence who they become. These chemical changes and environmental factors also make teens susceptible to alcohol and drug use. Some common circumstances that lead teens to substance abuse include:

  • Trying to fit in with peers
  • Feeling socially withdrawn from family and friends
  • Reacting to stressful events such as family divorce and moving
  • Having mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Experiencing traumatic events such as physical or sexual abuse

How Drugs Affect Teens

Generally speaking, teens are unaware that substances can’t fix what could be long-term problems. As they use illicit substances, their grades and relationships begin to suffer. However, the biggest concern is the effects that drugs have on their bodies.

Brain development is crucial for middle school-aged teens, and drugs affect the brain in several ways. For instance, alcohol abuse has a negative impact on the memory center in the brain. This effect makes it difficult to remember and recall information.

Drug use delays the development of functions such as planning, completing tasks, meeting goals, and judgment. These delays make it harder for young teens to deal with the stressors and pressures of daily life. Drugs also confuse the brain’s reward center, which in turn makes teens feel bad when they don’t use. This effect makes them want to use more, making the situation worse.

How Our Early Intervention Program Helps

Parents who think that their teens have started to use drugs can get help through Zelus Recovery’s Early Intervention Program. They might notice uncharacteristic drops in grades or changes in friends. In some cases, these changes are normal for teens. However, parents should stay vigilant of other warning signs such as sneaking around and mood swings.

Our approach gives teens a safe and comfortable place to share their concerns and thoughts. We utilize a range of therapies based on each teen’s needs. The ultimate goal is to provide education and support to prevent drug use and the progression to addiction.

Get Treatment at Zelus Recovery Before Addiction Develops

Although Zelus Recovery mainly treats teens in our Early Intervention Program, in some cases it can be beneficial for anyone under 25. We understand that each person and situation is unique. Our team has years of education and training as well as a passion for helping teens grow. Along with early intervention, our other substance abuse programs include:

Zelus Recovery wants to help young people find happy, healthy lives in which they contribute to society. We purposely keep a small staff so that we can build close relationships with teens to achieve those goals. We also involve family members in every program to help them build strong, supportive relationships with their loved ones.

Don’t let your teen struggle with drugs. Get help at Zelus Recovery to prevent the long-term effects of drug use. Call us now at 866-365-4436 to learn more about our drug abuse and addiction therapies.