Creating a non-affiliated informational resource to provide vital information and solutions for the growing epidemic of teen substance abuse, teen drug abuse and teen alcohol abuse
Teenrehab.org is a comprehensive guide dedicated to raising awareness around teen drug abuse and alcohol abuse that addresses the challenges confronted both by teens who are advancing towards a substance dependency, to those already in the advanced stages of addiction, and geared towards the families and loved ones who care for them, that are seeking education and help. In most instances of teens that develop addiction to substance abuse, the strain, uncertainty and erosion of support and coping mechanisms, can lead to the exacerbation of problems that teens and their families are confronting in growing numbers.
In collaborative partnership with a teen mental health and recovery expert visionary, we constructed teenrehab.org to serve as a non-affiliated informational web site that makes broadly available, necessary information with regard to treatment, research and clinical studies, trigger mechanisms, and warning signs to help those struggling with addiction and family members to begin to chart a course for recovery and to stem the tide of the overwhelming crisis facing our nation struggling with addiction that currently afflicts our young people and their futures.
Impact of Addiction on Special Populations Adolescents (12 to 17 years old)
- 276,000 adolescents are current nonmedical users of pain relievers, with 122,000 having an addiction to prescription pain relievers.
- An estimated 21,000 adolescents used heroin in the past year, and an estimated 5,000 were current heroin users. Additionally, an estimated 6,000 adolescents had a heroin use disorder.
- People often share their unused pain relievers, unaware of the dangers of nonmedical opioid use. Most adolescents who misuse prescription pain relievers are given them for free by a friend or relative.
- The prescribing rates for prescription opioids among adolescents and young adults nearly doubled from 1994 to 2007.