How will drug addiction recovery affect my rebellious teen?
Having a rebellious teen who’s struggling with drug addiction and acting out can have many emotional challenges. It’s difficult to watch the child that you raised deal with such a seemingly hopeless problem. Although you may want your teen to recover from addiction, you may wonder if it will also change the rebellious behavior that they’ve shown. Teen recovery from drug addiction is an ongoing process, but it is important to remember that drugs and alcohol are merely a symptom of the disease. The true recovery comes from learning how to live a better life.
Teenagers are still in a phase where they are still maturing physically, mentally as well as emotionally. They’re naturally impulsive and sometimes rebellious, but most of these traits are because they are trying to discover who they are and where they fit in the world. It’s not uncommon for teens to find groups of their peers to fit in with and indulge in activities that they see their friends doing, which can include trying drugs and alcohol. Because their minds are still developing, they are at a much greater risk of falling into drug addiction.
The human brain has two parts that are responsible for making a person feel rewarded as well as for behavior regulation. These parts of the brain are also referred to as the “stop” and “go” systems. When a person exercises, enjoys a delicious meal or experiences any other activity that makes them feel good, the go system reacts and tells the person to repeat the action. The use of drugs or alcohol which is a very common practice during drug addiction, releases a flow of dopamine that gives the person a euphoric feeling that the go system rewards the person for. The frontal lobe of the brain is where the stop system is located, and this portion of the brain does not fully develop until a person is in their 20s. The stop system is designed to give the person good judgment and allow them to see the consequences of their actions for repeating certain behaviors that the go system rewards. This is why there are legal drinking ages.
The frontal lobe of the brain also has many other functions that involve the person’s personality as well. When a person abuses substances, it delays the development of this portion of the brain and they can act out as a result of it. It will then become normal for them to act extremely selfish and self-centered, or possibly even rebellious.
You should always consult a drug addiction specialist before entering your teen into treatment. It is important for someone who specializes in the field of addiction to assess the situation and help you plan the best course of detox and rehabilitation which will lead to teen recovery. Once your teen’s mind and body has been cleared of substances, they can begin to recover from their addiction and learn a new way of living. Learning how to live without turning to drugs and alcohol is the primary defense against relapse, and it all begins with educating the teen about the disease of drug addiction.
Our treatment center will help to drive a teen recovery plan of action for your child when he or she leaves. Resources like aftercare programs or attending 12 step meetings are some of the best ways to help recovering addicts. These tools help the person learn how to adapt to the world and learn how to live life on life’s terms. The longer the person stays sober, the better their brain will begin to heal and they’ll start to want to live a better life. This may take time, but there is hope for your teen to live a happier and healthier life free from drug addiction. If you’d like more information, please call us today.