Teen Depressant abuse is a serious condition in which teens take prescription depressant drugs either which were not prescribed to them, and/or in a manner or amount which they weren’t prescribed. Prescription Depressant drugs are prescribed to depress, or slow down, the nervous system and activity of the brain. Therefore, these drugs are most often prescribed to people who suffer from conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, and/or severe stress, and thus, need helping slowing down their thoughts in order to gain relief. Teens who abuse prescription Depressant drugs are seeking the effects as a sort of relaxed “high.” Some of the most common prescription Depressant drugs abused among teens include but are not limited to: Estazolam, Xanax, and Valium.
Teen Depressant Abuse has a number of serious risks. First and foremost, any drugs that act directly on teens’ brains are extremely dangerous, especially since teens’ brains are still developing. Therefore, not only might teens suffer serious effects in the short term, but the symptoms might also extend to create permanent harm to teens’ development.
Another risk of Teen Depressant Abuse, as with many forms of prescription drug abuse, is teens can often have a misconception that because these substances are legal and come from doctors, that they’re somehow safe for them to take. Most teens have very little or no information on what the effects of the drug actually are, what the risks are, what amounts constitute safe use, and/or the negative effects they can have when combined with other substances, such as alcohol. This lack of knowledge can make teens vulnerable to serious risks.
Teen Depressant Abuse also puts teens at high risk for addiction and/or overdose. Because depressants act directly on the central nervous system, teens’ bodies will build up a tolerance to the drugs, and teens will continue to have to take more of them, in order to get the results they want. This quickly can lead to addiction, where teens are unable to function, without taking the drugs. As teens continue to take increasing amounts of the depressants, the effects can become more serious and risky, including slurred speech, disorientation, lack of coordination, and shallow breathing, which can lead to fatal overdose.
Paradigm Treatment Centers Teen Depressant Abuse Treatment
At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we provide treatment for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse conditions, including Teen Depressant Abuse Treatment. Our diagnostic process involves a number of different assessments, designed to identify teens’ full scope of needs, including those related to their physical, mental, emotional, social, and academic health. Our Teen Depressant Abuse Treatment program process also is careful to diagnose and include potential Co-Occurring Disorders, such as when a teen might also be struggling with a mood disorder such as Teen Depression or Teen Anxiety.
At Paradigm Treatment Centers, our Teen Depressant Abuse Treatment programs are designed to go above and beyond just helping correct teens’ current problematic behaviors. While we do work with teens to achieve lasting sobriety, we also are committed to helping them process the emotional underpinnings and struggles, which may be connected to their drug use and/or their initial reason for starting. In order to do this deeper introspective work, as part of our Teen Depressant Abuse Treatment plans, all teens have one-on-one therapy sessions with their lead therapists, every day. They also will take part in a number of other group therapy sessions and activities, designed to help teens grow and develop in all areas of their lives.