Many adolescents who enter an experimental drug phase in their teenage have ruined their lives entirely for one reason or another. Teen Opioid Addiction is one of the worsts possible addiction a teen or (anyone) could experiment with, as it creates a very serious mind and body dependency on the drug.
Opioids refer to a group of prescription drugs, made from opium. Opioids are clinically used to suppress pain in patients, hence the name “opioid painkillers.” Opioids suppress chronic pain by producing a sedative effect on the user.
Unfortunately, adventurous adolescents experiment with them in a playful way or unknowingly abuse them, leading to addiction. A Parent must be aware of what drugs are most frequently used by child so that they can get them right treatment at right time. We help adolescents with Teen opioid abuse treatment.
Opiates: The contents of opiates are obtained naturally from opium, an extract from poppy plants.
There are two main types of opiates:
Agonists induce pain-relieving properties by replicating endorphins in the body and releasing opioid-like effects after activating various parts of the brain. Fentanyl, morphine, heroin, buprenorphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone are the most common agonists. Agonists are the most addictive opiates.
- Codeine Teenagers mix codeine with sugary drinks to create “sizzurp” a highly addictive brew. Codeine is easy to get because it’s sold over-the-counter.
- Darvon and Darvocet The FDA banned Darvon and Darvocet because of the adverse side effects and even deaths, but teenagers still buy them on the black market.
- Demerol Demerol is a narcotic used to suppress severe pain. Teenagers love it for its euphoric effects. It is also highly addictive.
- Fentanyl Fentanyl is estimated to be 100 times more potent than morphine and is only used in rare cases of severe pain. Despite these characteristics, teenagers still mix it with other painkillers for a calming effect.
- Hydrocodone The FDA has approved hydrocodone for the treatment of mild and severe pain. An overdose of hydrocodone can lead to addiction.
- Methadone Methadone is used to suppress cravings for other heroin and other drugs. Despite its healing properties, it is still addictive.
- Morphine Morphine is used to manage severe chronic pain, but adolescents self-administer it because of its sedative high. It is one of the most addictive drugs and the cause of death.
The question about opiate addiction in adolescents has remained a mystery. However, the dependence can be explained as an effect of the body’s tolerance to the chemical substances of drugs.
Over time, the body becomes dependent on opioids. In some cases, dependency becomes extreme, a condition known as addiction. Addiction negatively affects adolescents and makes it difficult for them to quit. Trying to stop taking opioids can lead to withdrawal symptoms or relapse. If your teen is struggling with Heroin addiction or opioid addiction our Teen IOP can help.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Irregular and shallow breathing pattern
- Constriction of the pupils
- Extreme drowsiness
- Cool or clammy skin
There are many parents who doesn’t know that their teens are involved with drugs. Teens deny that they are addicted to drugs, but they are still addicted to opioids for a variety of reasons. Addicts cannot open up for fear of stigmatization of addiction.
There are several options available for teen opioid addiction treatment in Los Angeles and nearby places such as our Key Transitions.
If your teen is using Opioids, it’s imperative that you get them sober and into structured therapy as soon as possible. Therapy involves diagnosing the root cause of addiction and administering the right drugs and procedures to reverse the condition. We specialize in helping Teens in Los Angeles and nearby places struggling from Opioid addiction get sober and back on the right track.
Our Teen Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a structured and intensive treatment milieu that operates 8 hours per day, 4 days per week. This program offers coordinated multidisciplinary clinical services for adolescents that are able to function at a minimally appropriate level and do not present as an imminent potential for harm to themselves or others.
Unlike residential clients who sleep at the facility, teens in the Partial Hospitalization Program go home to their families at the end of the day. PHP is the recommended next step for graduates of a Residential Treatment Program. However, completion of the Residential Program is not required for an adolescent to enroll in Partial Hospitalization.
At Key Transitions, our group therapy program encourages clients to actively participate in their recovery in a safe, supportive environment. We use evidence-based, cutting-edge, and diverse approaches, including mindfulness, family system, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) interventions.
Our programs like Teen Intensive Outpatient Program(IOP) offer individual therapy, medication evaluation, structured monitoring, relapse prevention groups, and parental help. We provide urine drug screens and collaborative care with other providers on your teen’s treatment team. We’ll help determine what the best treatment path is for you.
Throughout our Los Angeles Teen intensive outpatient program(IOP), you will attend group meetings and individual counseling to explore the root of your adolescent opiate abuse problems. The group program focuses on providing skills and advice to cope with those core issues. One of our main goals, besides sobriety, is to encourage teens to actively practice implementing a host of skills in a supportive, didactic environment.