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Do You Know The Signs of Teen Drug Abuse?

Your son has been acting “a little off.” He’s quite the football team. Maybe your daughter has been more moody than normal. She’s always locked in her room. Of course it must be the hormones, right? Unfortunately, parents, teachers, and trusted adults often miss the signs of teen drug abuse. Depending on the drug, signs may include;

    • Frequent mood swings
    • Isolation
    • Change in school performance or skipping school
    • Dropping out of extracurricular activities
    • Illegal behaviors
    • Depression
    • Slurred speech
    • Unexplained increase or decrease in finances
    • Burns on finger tips or lips

However, communication is key! Talk to your child early and often about drugs and alcohol. If you suspect use, reach out for help. Let them know they are not alone. Teens are often open to treatment when supported.

 

Prescription Opiates and America’s Crisis

 

Prescription Opiates and America’s Crisis

Prescription opiates have played a major role in America’s drug epidemic. Did you know that more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids? However, help is available. Outpatient treatment can be successful. Call 504-410-7008 to make an appointment today!

The Science of Addiction


As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a medical disorder that affects the brain and changes behavior. We have identified many of the biological and environmental risk factors and are beginning to search for the genetic variations that contribute to the development and progression of the disorder. Scientists use this knowledge to develop effective prevention and treatment approaches that reduce the toll drug use takes on individuals, families, and communities. www.drugabuse.gov

Recovery through treatment is possible. If you or someone you know may have a substance abuse problem, call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services to schedule an assessment. www.drugabuse.gov

A Pathway To Life Counseling Services, LLC

” In all my years as a physician, I have never, ever met an addicted person who wanted to be an addict”. – Dr. Nora Volkow

Addiction is a disease. Much like other chronic, relapsing diseases, addiction includes genetic as well as environmental factors. People often misunderstand individuals diagnosed with addictive disorders. “They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will” (National Institute of Drug Abuse, 2018). Drugs affect the way individuals think and behave. Alcohol, drugs, and gambling change the way the brain works. The great news, RECOVERY is possible! Call 504-410-7008 to discuss your treatment options today.

Opioids

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. 
All opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain. Opioid pain relievers are generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor, but because they produce euphoria in addition to pain relief, they can be misused (taken in a different way or in a larger quantity than prescribed, or taken without a doctor’s prescription). Regular use—even as prescribed by a doctor—can lead to dependence and, when misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to addiction, overdose incidents, and deaths. ( National Institute on Drug Abuse). You can get help today! Call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services at 504-410-7008.

Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)

The Substance Abuse Professional (DOT SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

As a Department of Transportation Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. Wework with employees in safety-sensitive positions for assessment, treatment, and aftercare to ensure the public’s safety and return individuals to work as soon as possible.

If you need an assessment, treatment, or follow-up, please contact us at 504-410-7008 or Jeny.Apathwaytolife@gmail.com. We look forward to working with you!