What Is Addiction?

With all of the pressures teens face while heading towards adulthood, it is no wonder they sometimes fall prey to addictions. These addictions can range from behavior quirks to actual drugs and alcohol and can limit their ability to live life to the fullest. As a parent, it can be exacerbating attempting to find common ground with a teen but is even more so when addiction is present.

What Leads a Teen Down the Road of Addiction?

While there are many addictions teens can find themselves trapped in, alcohol and drug addiction are the most common. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, teens as young as thirteen have tried hardcore drugs like cocaine. [1]

This frightening statistic just barely covers the surface of what many teens experiment with even before they go through full puberty. The number one cause of teen drug and alcohol addiction is peer pressure. When teens are around other kids their age, they can sometimes try drugs or alcohol just to fit in. They think it will be fun and will make them look cool, so they dive headfirst into a world they are in no way prepared for.

Many teens end up addicted because they are looking to find ways to cope. Some may have underlying mental health issues that are holding them back in life, and some just find the teen years too difficult to deal with on their own.

What Can Parents Do to Help Their Addicted Teen?

When a parent learns their teen is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they often feel guilty and think they somehow missed the signs or caused the addiction. The truth is, addiction knows no bounds and can occur in kids that come from wonderfully loving homes. Taking these steps can allow parents to become an integral part of their child’s recovery:

  •  Be actively involved in the therapy program the teen goes through.
  •  Make changes at home that will foster healing for the entire family.
  •  Offer support to the teen and let them know you love them.
  •  Seek counseling for yourself so you can deal with the many emotions you will feel.

Addicted Teens Can Find Help at Turning Winds Academic Institute

Turning Winds Academic Institute is a unique therapeutic boarding school located in the beautiful countryside of Montana. This program offers the benefits of a wilderness program with a therapeutic boarding school, and a residential treatment center all rolled into one. 

Here, addicted teens can find the professional help they need, to overcome mental and emotional issues that may be contributing to their addiction. Unlike other programs, Turning Winds offers a 5:1 student to staff ratio, so no teen falls through the cracks.

At Turning Winds, teens are transformed as they go through the program and discover more constructive ways of dealing with life constraints and stressors. They stay fully engaged throughout each day and can continue their education so they can reach their goals in life. Turning Winds helps release the hold addictions have on teens so they can be returned to their families, whole and fully capable of living life to the fullest.

[1] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/drug-abuse-addiction

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