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North Carolina Adolescent Drug Rehabilitation Programs

Families with a teen struggling with drug addiction have options. Adolescent drug rehab programs in North Caroline offer excellent substance use treatment for teens. Teen drug addiction needs to be identified and addressed as soon as possible, and parents should intervene early if they suspect there is an addiction. Substance use treatment for teens should be tailored to the unique needs of the teen attending the program, and drug rehab should address the needs of the whole person. Drugs have a significant impact on a developing brain, and if the problem is not treated properly, it progresses into their adult life.

The first step in treating teen drug abuse is drug detox, and typically the severity of addiction and accompanying withdrawal symptoms determine what method of detox is needed. However, detox should not be considered the only drug rehabilitation approach as it will not provide adequate counseling and support. Well-rounded rehabilitation is needed, like residential long-term or short-term drug rehab for teens. Residential drug rehab programs in North Carolina or anywhere else in the United States are excellent options because the patient lives at the facility. Teens generally benefit from lengthier drug rehab programs because more services and counseling are provided. Behavioral therapies are effective in addressing adolescent drug use along with experiential drug rehab.

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How to Find Teen Drug Rehab in North Carolina and Recognize Teen Drug Abuse

Recognizing teen drug addiction is not always easy, but there are early warning signs parents can pick up on. When parents begin to notice that their teen is acting withdrawn or frequently tired, anxious, depressed, or even hostile, this should not be overlooked. Other signs of possible drug addiction are hanging out with different friends, doing poorly in school, losing interest in favorite activities, and getting in trouble at school. Teens struggling with addiction will often have different eating or sleeping habits and have more problems with family and friends. It is important for families to have a loving conversation with their teen if they suspect a drug use problem.

Once a family knows there is an addiction involving drugs, the next step is locating a teen drug rehab program in North Carolina. There are different options that families can explore, and initially, if they have private or state health insurance, this would cover some or all the cost of drug rehab. Private health insurance providers have a list of network providers for substance abuse treatment in North Carolina (or any other state). Other options involve an addiction assessment, and this could be done through a state, local, or private health care provider. The purpose of an addiction assessment is to determine if there is an addiction, its severity, and what drug rehab options are available.

According to the North Carolina Behavioral Health Barometer, between 2014 and 2017, the annual average prevalence of past-month marijuana use among teens in North Carolina was 5.2%. During that same time, the annual average of past month alcohol use in the state among teens was 7.9%. Between 2013 and 2017, 9.1% of teens had used alcohol for the first time, and 4.2% had use marijuana for the first time in their lives.


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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 Harva