Substance Abuse Treatment For Teens And Young Adults

Malaty Therapy offers substance abuse therapy for teens and young adults in Houston, TX. Call 713-628-3966 to learn more or schedule a consultation. 

When you or someone that you love is impacted by substance abuse, it might be hard to believe that life can get better. Substance abuse negatively impacts your relationships, your attention at school and work, and can become a lasting problem that will continue to cause damage throughout your life. 

Fortunately, effective substance abuse therapy is available. 

Unfortunately, substance abuse remains a common problem amongst teens and young adults. 

If you or someone that you love is suffering from substance abuse, you know how challenging it can be to regain a sense of control over your life. It can be comforting to know that you are not alone. Many people suffer from substance abuse issues, and we can help you learn the tools that you need to break free of abusive patterns. 

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What Factors Can Lead To Teen Substance Abuse

Being a teenager is often characterized by a tendency toward experimentation and curiosity. When children are starting to become young adults, and they often want to assert their independence by defining their own sense of style, hobbies, and choice of friends. During this time, factors such as curiosity and peer pressure can lead to risky behaviors. For some teenagers, this experimentation can lead to substance abuse. Often teenagers can easily slip into compulsive behaviors, often without realizing that there is a problem.

The Origins Of Teen Substance Abuse

In some cases, teenagers lack the emotional skills and coping mechanisms to handle stressors in their daily lives. They may turn to alcohol or other substances, as an unhealthy way to cope with issues of depression, anxiety, or family issues

Other factors such as genetic predisposition and family history also play a role. 

Substance abuse rarely exists in a vacuum. People often turn to alcohol and other substances as a coping mechanism to deal with another mental health issue, traumatic event, or to avoid stressors caused by school, relationships, or trouble at home. Although alcohol and other drugs may appear to provide temporary relief, they often lead to worsening mental health issues over time.

During therapy our qualified therapists will work with your teenager to identify any issues that are contributing to their substance abuse.

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Signs of Teen Substance Abuse

Signs Of Substance Abuse

It can be difficult to notice when your teenager, friend, or family member has a problem with alcohol or other substances . The signs vary based on what substances are being used and the severity of the compulsive behavior. However, there are a few factors you can look for that often indicate that there may be a problem.

  • Unexplained changes in behavior, including a change in sleeping patterns, moodiness, depression, and behavioral problems that may occur at home and at school. This may lead to a sudden decline in academic performance. 
  • Physical signs, such as: slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, poor coordination and impaired motor control. Lingering illness such as coughing, dizziness, or nausea can also be related to substance abuse. 
  • Significant changes in diet, including a lack of appetite, unexplained weight loss or gain. 
  • Decline in personal hygiene, such as neglecting to shower or groom. 
  • Withdrawing from friends and family members. 

If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to consult with an experienced substance abuse therapist. 

Counceling For Substance Abuse 

Talk therapy is the most fundamental and important tool used by a substance abuse counselor to help address substance abuse issues. In some cases talk or behavioral therapy is used alone to help your teenager learn healthier coping mechanisms that will help them avoid drug and alcohol use in the future. In other cases talk therapy is used in combination with other treatment methods. 

For teenagers, it can be useful to have counseling sessions with a parent or family member present. By bringing family members together inside a talk therapy session, we can help to address issues at home that may be contributing to substance abuse, and develop tools that the family can use together, in order to work towards recovery. Our therapists are trained to work with the entire family if necessary to achieve the best possible outcome and recovery. 

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Is Substance Abuse Counseling Effective For Teens And Young Adults?

Talk therapy is an important tool that can help teenagers and young adults learn how to overcome substance abuse and cope with stress and mental health issues in a healthier, more effective way in the future. 

Substance abuse is an issue that many people will need to manage throughout their lives. However, once you have the tools to make healthier decisions, the challenge will not feel insurmountable. With counseling from a substance abuse therapist as well as a solid support system of family and friends it’s possible to overcome substance abuse.

At Malaty Therapy We Are Here To Help

If you or a family member is suffering from substance abuse, call (713) 628-3966 today to schedule an appointment with an experienced therapist. Help is available and even one counseling session can make a difference. You don’t have to suffer alone.

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