Drugs are a disease running rampant amongst children today. Not necessarily hard drugs, such as cocaine, heroine and crack, which come to mind for some parents, but there are other drugs that many parents overlook.
These drugs include tobacco alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs. Thank Hollywood and other media outlets for desensitizing most people to the fact that these drugs maybe recreational to some, while hiding the fact that they can become extremely addictive and cut short young lives.
As a parent, you need to know that there are recovery treatment centers available to help you if you should find yourself in such an unfortunate position as having a child addicted to drugs. Warning signs that your child might be abusing any of the drugs mentioned above include:
- Red and glazed eyes
- Constant complaint of pain
- Extreme mood changes
- Negative attitude
- Frequently in trouble with authorities
- Making friends with people of similar behavior
- Leaves and disappears for days, even weeks at a time
These symptoms are very prevalent in more dangerous drugs, but can also be seen in the more recreational ones. The only difference is that it may take longer for symptoms to emerge. In any case, a recovery treatment center can help your child get better.
When it comes to treatment, there is no one magical treatment that works to cure every drug abuser. What works for one person may not work for another. However, in general, most drug abusers must undergo a period of detoxification as well as counseling. How long they must undergo this treatment will depend on each person. It could be three months, six, nine, a year, maybe even two years. Whatever the case, a recovery treatment center can be there to help drug abusers recover and go on to live healthy and productive lives.