Teen Opioid Addiction Treatment Los Angeles

Many adolescents who enter an experimental drug phase in their teens have ruined their lives entirely for one reason or another. Opioids are one of the worst possible drugs a teen or (anyone) could experiment with, as it creates a very serious mind and body dependency on the drug.

Do you know someone suffering from teen opioid addiction or teen heroin addiction in Los Angeles? We can help.

Learn about our Los Angeles Teen IOP.



Our 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.

In addition to Teen IOP, we offer individual therapy, medication evaluation, and monitoring, relapse prevention groups, and family. We provide urine drug screens, reports for formal litigation processes, and collaborative care with other providers on your treatment team. That’s what makes Key special- we have your whole team under one roof that knows your story and can collaborate to work out what’s the best treatment path for you.

Throughout the duration of our Los Angeles Teen intensive outpatient program, you will attend group meetings and individual counseling to explore the root of your substance abuse problems.  The group program focuses on providing skills and advice to cope with those core issues. The main goal of this essential service is to encourage people to actively practice implementing a host of skills in a supportive, didactic environment.

What are opioids?

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.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 259 million opioid painkillers were administered in 2012 alone, of which 2 million people developed some form of addiction, including teenagers.



What is the difference between opiates and opioids?

The debate about the difference between opioids and opioids is far from over, given the two misleading information.

Opiates: The contents of opiates are obtained naturally from opium, an extract from poppy plants.

Opioids: They are synthetic and mimic opium effects.

Both opiates and opioids have similar effects. Treating addiction to opioids and opioids is a short-term solution for adolescents.

What are the most common opiates?

There are two main types of opiates; agonists and antagonists.

1. Agonists

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.

2. Antagonists

The main work of the antagonists is detoxification and is less addictive, including naloxone and naltrexone.

Given the high addiction rate of agonists, let’s discuss it.


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 is a narcotic used to suppress severe pain. Teenagers love it for its euphoric effects. It is also highly addictive.


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.


The FDA has approved hydrocodone for the treatment of mild and severe pain. An overdose of hydrocodone can lead to addiction.


Methadone is used to suppress cravings for other heroin and other drugs. Despite its healing properties, it is still addictive.


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.



How do opiates cause addiction in teens?

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.

When a teenager takes opiates, the body reacts accordingly. Long-term use of opioids interrupts the Mu receptors in the brain, leading to tolerance, which means that the person must take a larger dose to achieve the same effects.

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.

What are the most common symptoms of an opiate overdose?

A person who overdoses on opioids may show the following signs and symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irregular and shallow breathing pattern
  • Constriction of the pupils
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Cool or clammy skin

Despite these symptoms, addicts are still addicted to opioids for a variety of reasons. First, they deny addiction. Second, addicts cannot open up for fear of stigmatization of addiction.



What is the best treatment plan for opioid addiction?

There are several treatment options for teen opioid addiction in Los Angeles such as our Key Transitions Teen IOP.


It involves the administration of medication to remove opioid components from the addict’s body. Detox is used in severe cases and is useful in the short term.


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 struggling from Opioid addiction get sober, and back on the right track.

If your teen is struggling with opioid addiction or heroin addiction in Los Angeles, we can help.