What kind of monitoring or engagement should a parent do on a teen recovering from depressant addiction?
Teenagers who suffer from mental disorders like anxiety and depression are often treated with drugs that are generalized as depressants. However, such potent medication can lead to depressant addiction and lead to severe emotional and physical instability. Parents have an important role to play in monitoring the health of their child who is trying to overcome depressant addiction.
Monitoring Medication Use
Teenagers who are recovering from depressant addiction should be closely monitored by parents when it comes to the administration of medication. After successfully completing some sort of rehabilitation program, teens are discharged and advised to avoid large doses of CNS (Central Nervous System) depressants that fall into general drug categories such as barbiturates, benzodiazepine and opiates. Such potent medication is used to treat severe and moderate forms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other mental disorders that cause inconsistent behavior in young people.
It’s important to realize that anti-anxiety and anti-depression medications are still prescribed to individuals who have been previously considered addicted to such drugs. These people still need certain medication to manage their mental problems and function normally. Parents can personally administer the prescribed dosage of depressant drugs by only giving out a day’s supply. Sleep aids such as Zolpidem should only be given to formerly addicted teens just before bedtime. Parents need to keep strict control of all depressant drugs that are taken by their children. It’s also important for parents to monitor their teens for any abuse of over the counter pain killers and cough medicines that might be sometimes used to satisfy cravings from their depressant addiction.
Teenagers who are considered to be recovering from depressant addiction are at high risk of becoming suicidal. Severe withdrawal symptoms can lead to irrational and violent thoughts that might be manifested in the form of physical attacks against other people or oneself. Suicidal tendencies are sometimes obvious to spot based on certain behavior. For example, teens that suddenly lose interest in recreational activities, personal hygiene and social gatherings might be showing signs of suicidal thoughts. It is ultimately the depressant addiction craving for potent depressant medication that leads to mental roller coasters for formerly addicted teens. Parents might want to consider increasing the dosage of potent prescription medication for teens who are struggling to overcome withdrawal symptoms.
Socialization is a key component of recovery from prescription drugs. Former addicts should be encouraged to spend more time with friends or loved ones. Spending time with other people helps former drug addicts feel better and focus less on the need for medication to stabilize the mood.
While recovering from depressant addiction, teens might have difficulty falling asleep even if they’re taking prescription drugs such as Ambien or Lunesta. Withdrawal symptoms might keep teens awake because of a craving for potent depressant medication. Continuous insomnia might indicate that a person has not fully recovered from drug addiction and needs further rehabilitation and medical monitoring. Those that formerly had depressant addiction, who are recovering, might also experience weird dreams that lead to waking up in the middle of the night. A “sleep walking” effect might also result as former addicts can scream, shout and violently move while dreaming. Parents can set up audio and video monitors inside the bedroom of their teen who is struggling to get a good night’s sleep as a result of withdrawal symptoms to depressant addiction.
Parents have tremendous responsibilities in monitoring their teen who is recovering from depressant addiction. If persistent withdrawal symptoms are noticed daily, parents should consider getting their child more help for a full and sustainable recovery that might result from inpatient rehab