Warning signs of addiction in teens
Watch for these potential warning signs of substance-use disorder in your teen:
- Emotional changes, such as sudden changes in mood, irritability, depression, or lack of interest
- Family changes, such as starting arguments or withdrawing from family members
- Physical changes, such as fatigue, red or glazed eyes, or frequent health issues
- School and social changes, such as a drop in grades or poor behavior
We work to identify these and other issues teen patients are facing as part of our comprehensive assessment and diagnostic process. This involves interviews with your teen and other family members. We use this information to recommend treatment options to your family. Learn more about our assessment and diagnostic process.
Addiction treatment options for teens
Family members must be actively engaged in every aspect of their teens’ addiction treatment. We require a parent or guardian to participate, and we’ll work with your family to help establish a mutually supportive system for recovery.
Teens often benefit from learning about addiction recovery from people their own age. Many of our former patients work with us as mentors to teens who are in recovery.
After completing treatment, most teens attend weekly group therapy sessions for a minimum of six months. Our Early Recovery Group, or ERG, is designed to help teens and families continue to work on the healthy communication and problem-solving that starts during treatment, as well as to establish long-term plans for recovery.
Patients and loved ones also may benefit from taking part in 12-step programs for continued support. Learn about education and support resources in our community.