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Louisiana Adolescent Drug Rehabilitation Programs

Teen drug addiction can happen at any age, and most teens begin to use drugs because of peer pressure, experimentation, or because of some form of abuse. However, adolescent drug rehab centers in Louisiana are excellent options to help teens overcome addiction. Substance use treatment for teens should be tailored to the unique needs of the adolescent, and it should address the needs of the whole person and not solely focuses on their drug use. In addition, families and their communities are an important aspect of drug rehab. The first step with teen drug rehab is drug detox, and typically, the severity and extent of addiction determine what method of detoxification is needed.

However, drug detox should not be considered the only approach, and the next phase of rehabilitation involves attending residential or outpatient drug rehab. Residential drug rehab centers in Louisiana offer lengthy programs that can last three to six months or longer. Most teens benefit from long-term drug rehab and a facility that provides everything they need. It is also important to consider aftercare support like 12-step meetings or peer support groups. Teens recovering from drug addiction require on-going support, and most teen drug rehab centers offer this when initial drug rehab is complete.

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How to Find Teen Drug Rehab in Louisiana and Recognize Teen Drug Abuse

Recognizing teen substance abuse is not always easy, and many parents do not pick up on the warning signs early enough. Some of the initial outward signs of teen drug abuse are changes in peer groups, doing poorly in school, missing classes, and losing interest in their favorite activities. Also, they may be getting in trouble with the law or having more problems with family members and friends. When parents begin to notice they are feeling withdrawn, and are frequently tired or depressed and becoming hostile, that is time to have a loving and serious conversation.

When parents know there is an addiction, the next step involves locating the best possible teen drug rehab centers in Kentucky. Typically, an addiction assessment is a good place to begin, and this could be done through a state or local health provider or a drug rehab referral agency. The purpose of an addiction assessment is to determine the extent of addiction what drug rehab options they would benefit from. Common drug rehab options include behavioral therapies, family-based approaches, peer support, holistic treatment, and experiential drug rehab. Well-rounded drug rehab is essential, and it should address every aspect of their addiction.

According to the Louisiana Behavioral Health Barometer, between 2014 and 2017, the annual average prevalence of past-month marijuana use among teens was 4.9%. Also, during that same time, approximately 12.2% of teens in the state had used alcohol. Both these rates of drug and alcohol use were similar to the regional and national averages. Between 2013 and 2017, 10.5% of teens in the state had used alcohol for the first time, and 3.4% of teens had used marijuana for the first time. These rates of first-time alcohol and marijuana use among teens are similar to the regional and national average.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.