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How To Respond If You Suspect Drug Addiction In Your Young Adult

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How To Respond If You Suspect Drug Addiction In Your Young Adult

Have you noticed your young adult or adolescent behaving differently recently, with no obvious explanation? Perhaps they always seem to be tired, hostile, or depressed? Alternatively, they may simply appear withdrawn. If this is the case, your loved one may have a drug-related problem necessitating the right attention, such as from a young adult rehab program or a family therapy program.

At Red Oak Recovery®, we’re committed to providing exceptional mental health and substance abuse treatment for young men. We’ve designed our treatment options to give our clients the best possible chance for long-term recovery. In addition, with a combination of evidence-based and holistic treatment options, the young men in our programs learn how to manage temptations and cravings outside of treatment. To learn about our drug addiction treatment programs, please reach out to Red Oak Recovery® today at 866.457.7590

How Do You Know If Your Young Adult Is Using Drugs?

It’s easy for even conscientious parents to overlook all manner of behaviors and changes in their young adult as simply a normal part of puberty. However, if you see particularly unexplainable signs as mentioned above, potentially along with such others as a decline in academic performance, change in their peer group, or carelessness towards personal hygiene, they may have a developing addiction to alcohol or drugs.

Other potential first signs of a problem that may require the intervention of a young adult rehab program include:

  • Deteriorating family and friend relationships
  • Changing eating or sleeping habits
  • Trouble with school or the law
  • Missing school classes or work
  • Decreased interest in favorite activities

The important thing in identifying such signs is to intervene quickly. Recent scientific advances have taught us about the effects of drugs on the brain, with one of the most crucial of these lessons being that addiction in young people can be best treated at the earliest stages.

Why Is It Important to Seek a Drug Rehab Program

Even in cases of more established addiction, a young adult rehab program and associated help can be highly effective in leading your adolescent back to a healthy and productive life. The changes wrought on the brain from repeated drug use can make it difficult for those who feel ready to quit to do so. Your young adult should know that their drug abuse is an illness that requires treatment, not a moral failing.

The first step for parents or guardians wishing to help their young adults is to seek help from a professional. You may initially decide to bring your loved one to a doctor so that they can be screened for signs of drug abuse and other associated health issues. Your chosen doctor should be comfortable with this kind of screening. Otherwise, you should request a referral to a doctor with skills in this area.

Your loved one may be subsequently referred to a relevant young adult rehab program – or you could get in touch with one directly. The right rehab program will be able to provide the best tailored care, courtesy of suitably seasoned and skilled professionals in young adult drug addiction treatment, addressing both substance use and underlying emotional issues.

Seek Treatment at Red Oak Recovery®

At Red Oak Recovery®, we’re proud to provide treatment for young men struggling with addiction. We provide a wide range of addiction treatment options, including:

  • Alcohol addiction treatment
  • Cocaine addiction treatment
  • Heroin addiction treatment
  • Opioid addiction treatment
  • Prescription drug addiction treatment

If your young adult is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, there is hope for recovery. To learn more about our services, please contact Red Oak Recovery® today at 866.457.7590.