Finding out that your son or daughter has been taking drugs is hard news for a parent, especially the one who thought his kids told him everything. To learn that drug use has turned into an addiction is bewildering.
Parents will ask themselves how they failed to realize what was happening, but most parents will be asking the same thing of themselves when a teen has succumbed to drug abuse. This is one reason why teen rehab is such an important service.
Here, not just children but their parents will be able to share their thoughts and feelings in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Everyone knows how you feel. No one is trying to talk down to you when they offer education and support.
Clinicians point out that Mississippi is ripe for illegal drug activity in large part because of the vast water highway of the same name. This makes it easy for teens to become exposed to marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, not to mention opiate pain killers which are also sold on the streets illegally.
Drug addiction treatment centers are available to accept teen clients in all of the major cities. Tupelo, Jackson, Clinton, Southhaven: these are just four of the many locations. Treatment centers fall under various categories, or they are able to offer support in a combination of categories. These include:
• Partial hospitalization
• Residential, short-term
• Residential, long-term
• Outpatient care (counseling)
To undergo detoxification, for instance, an adolescent drug addict would need at least partial hospitalization and at least short-term residential care. This could progress to long-term care depending on the severity of the substance abuse issue. If mental illness is a complicating factor (known as a dual diagnosis), a longer stay might be essential, plus a commitment to outpatient counseling and checkups into the future.
If a teen is taking drugs, it is very possible she is struggling with depression or anxiety. If there is anything good about finding out a teen has a drug problem, it is that her mental health issues are uncovered early. The earlier a child’s mental health concerns become apparent, the sooner they can be addressed.
By teaching youth how to cope with and treat their emotional problems, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, or anger management issues before they leave home, a community of support people (physicians, counselors, parents, teachers, etc.) can teach the life skills that keep a teen addict from becoming an adult drug user.
One of the most challenging parts of rehab for families is the cost. Already they are under strain owing to the problems they are facing with their children, perhaps even some legal issues which need to be resolved. Now they have to face the cost of rehab. They can be thankful that Medicaid and private insurance will typically cover the cost of rehabilitation.
There are also sliding pay scales for people without insurance who cannot afford the full cost of rehab. This merciful reduction in fees enables financially strapped parents to make the right choice for their kids and get them help right away.
Another fear is that of the stigma. Rehabilitation facilities in Mississippi and elsewhere are confidential environments. All patient information remains private.