Tag Archives: Teen Addiction

Tag Archives: Teen Addiction


Teen boy withdrawing from marijuana in recovery

Teenagers nowadays are likely to try marijuana during their high school years for experimentation and recreational use – and some continue this activity well into their adult years. Many teens believe that marijuana isn’t addictive because it’s from a “natural herb”, but the reality is that it can be addictive both physically and psychologically. In 2018, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry highlighted that teens have so many ways to consume marijuana – such as through edibles, beverage products, oils and more – and this can make it more difficult for parents to detect before marijuana use leads to dependency.

The short-term effects of marijuana can have a significant effect on a teen’s school performance, difficulties with memory and concentration, increased aggression, car accidents, worsening of underlying mental health conditions and more. Long-term effects can involve cannabis use disorder (CUD) which can include consuming more marijuana than originally intended, difficulty cutting down on marijuana use, craving marijuana, continuing to use the drug despite social, home or academic consequences and much more.

According to Very Well Mind in 2018, a study concerning marijuana withdrawal found that individuals who quit using the substance experienced physical withdrawal symptoms similar to that of other drugs – and they began about 24 hours after quitting use. Teens in recovery may experience physical withdrawal symptoms that peak at around 2-4 days, with remaining symptoms subsiding after 1-3 weeks. It truly depends on how severe the addiction or dependency is, along with a teen’s current mental health condition, their past with other substances and more.

A 2015 study published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Use assessed 22 adolescents as they abstained from marijuana use. The authors of the study found that cravings were quite prominent, along with symptoms related to mood, sleep and physical complaints. If you have a teen who is struggling with marijuana use, don’t wait any longer to get them the help they need. This period of recovery could change their life for the better – and could set them on a path that steers away from addiction.

Adolescent Recovery of Cumberland Heights (ARCH) originally began in 1985 when there were few other adolescent programs like it in the country. In 2019, we’re expanding our continuum of services with ARCH Academy, a unique program located in Kingston Springs that offers 60 days to 6 months of residential care to adolescent boys ages 14-18 who are struggling with alcohol and/or drug addiction. This new program stems from Cumberland Heights, which has been around since 1966, and is located in Nashville, Tennessee. The adolescent age is a critical time for development, making this a crucial time of positive influence. For more information, call us today at 1-800-646-9998.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that by 12th grade, two-thirds of students have tried alcohol and close to two in ten 12th graders report using prescription medication without a prescription. Teen drug abuse is a valid concern amongst many parents, and for good reason – at this developmental stage, teens are likely to experiment, to be swayed by peer pressure and to want to “fit in” – and for those teens who are struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety or another mental illness, proper resources may seem too far from grasp whereas substances are so easily to obtain.

As a parent, you want to trust your child but at the same time, you want to protect them if they’re encountering situations that could place them in grave danger, such as with substance abuse. Drugfree.org explains several ways to tell if your teen is trying to cover up their substance use:

  • Delayed timing between what they’re saying versus the emotion that’s being shown through their nonverbal cues and facial expressions
  • Reacting out of proportion
  • Less physical expression overall
  • Turning away from the person they’re lying to
  • Responding to direct questions about drug use with general phrases that fail to answer the question
  • Consistently adding in details to fill the silence and to persuade you to believe them
  • Using phrases such as, “To tell you the truth”,To be honest” or “Why would I lie to you?”

It’s an incredibly challenging job to detect when our teens are going through a situation they’re not telling us about, but the best we can do it to get to know their friends, stay up-to-date on what they’re doing, observe any changes in behavior and maintain as much open communication as possible. Through these actions, parents can hopefully prevent their teen from becoming addicted to substances – and if such situations arise, help can be sought immediately.

Adolescent Recovery of Cumberland Heights (ARCH) originally began in 1985 when there were few other adolescent programs like it in the country. In 2019, we’re expanding our continuum of services with ARCH Academy, a unique program located in Kingston Springs that offers 60 days to 6 months of residential care to adolescent boys ages 14-18 who are struggling with alcohol and/or drug addiction. This new program stems from Cumberland Heights, which has been around since 1966, and is located in Nashville, Tennessee. The adolescent age is a critical time for development, making this a crucial time of positive influence. For more information, call us today at 1-800-646-9998.


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