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Teens and Adolescents

Teens and Adolescents



Teens and Adolescents Treatment

Too often, people associate addiction with adults, but addiction can affect everyone. Teenagers and adolescents struggle with addiction and deal with some of the same repercussions as their adult counterparts, with performance in school responsibilities as opposed to work responsibilities being compromised, relationships deteriorating, with mental and physical health problems arising.


Teen rehab in South Florida specializes in helping teens and adolescents get the tools they need for a full recovery.

You can find teen rehab in South Florida that offers help specifically for teens! As a parent, you can rest assured that your children will be in the hands of trained professionals who integrate teen-appropriate therapy modalities and activities into recovery.

Ready for teen rehab in South Florida? Contact Prevail Recovery Center to learn how our Florida addiction treatment programs can help you during recovery.



Why is Teen Substance Abuse Common?

Teen substance abuse is common for many reasons. Sometimes teens are fighting against more than one.


Teens are more likely to engage in substance abuse if they were exposed to trauma at a young age. This trauma can be direct like:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Verbal or emotional abuse

It can also be indirect or witnessed, like:

  • Domestic violence
  • Drug abuse in the home

The trauma doesn’t have to be something another person intentionally inflicted upon them. It can be circumstantial like:

  • Extreme poverty
  • Natural disasters
  • Involvement in an accident
  • Violence or crime in the local area



If the environment in which teens live is full of alcoholism or drug use, it is more likely that they will develop a need for teen rehab in South Florida. Environment extends to outside the home too, where if regular drug or alcohol use exists among teens in the neighborhood, that risk increases.

Peer Pressure

Similarly, the more likely other teenagers to abuse drugs, the more likely their friends are to try them. In many cases, we picture peer pressure as a group directly pressuring one young person to take drugs, suggesting they may not be cool or fit in if they refuse. However, this is usually not an accurate portrayal. Many adolescents may feel peer pressure as an implied implication over direct in group settings and feel that they should join in to fit in. Students may also see their peers abuse stimulants to stay on top of the heavy workloads at school.

In these cases, teenagers look for ways to get ahead and realize their peers are all using drugs to enhance their academic performance, so, with an understanding that doing poorly compared to their peers will hurt their college/career/happiness thereafter, students cave and take the same drugs (like Adderall).


More and more teens today have access to drugs in the home. Women, for example, are more likely to abuse prescription drugs and have multiple prescriptions in the house. Therefore, teens have easier access to prescriptions like benzodiazepines.



How Does Addiction Impact Adolescents?

Addiction impacts adolescents in a lot of ways, including mental health problems, bad peer relationships, academic problems, and criminal complications.


One of the most noticeable areas to suffer when teenagers struggle with substance abuse is academics. Young adults and teenagers who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction might miss school regularly, stop participating in after-school activities, suffer poor grades, and have an increased risk of dropping out.



Physical and mental health is compromised. Teenagers who struggle with drug or alcohol abuse are more likely to get into car accidents, have suicidal thoughts, compromised immune systems, depression, anxiety, and other phobias.


Relationships with peers and families deteriorate. As teenagers disengage from school and other activities, they don’t maintain the same relationship they once had, and they also get alienated from friends who don’t struggle with addiction. Siblings and parents are affected by teenage addiction, as trust and communication break down between the parties.

Our staff can explain why addiction requires a teen addiction treatment program.

What to Look For in a South Florida Teen Rehab?

When looking into a teen rehab center, you should look for:

Teen-Specific Programs

If your teen is struggling, they need to be around like-minded peers who can offer support for their decision to get clean. Adolescent addiction treatment in South Florida should offer group therapy sessions and activities that are exclusively for teenagers, not a mix of teenagers and adults.


The activities offered might significantly impact your teens’ willingness to go. Suppose they see that South Florida teen rehab has outdoor activities, horseback riding, yoga, meditation, or art therapy. In that case, they might be excited about the opportunity to start fresh and learn new skills.


Unless it is summer break, teens have busy schedules, so find a rehab center that specializes in flexible schedules around their school requirements. Things like outpatient rehab programs can work primarily in the late afternoon or evening. You can also schedule detox or inpatient services around existing school breaks.


Prevail Recovery Center Provides Comprehensive TeenAddiction Treatment in South Florida

At Prevail Recovery, we provide a wide range of services to meet your needs and schedule, such as:


Partial Hospitalization

Intensive Outpatient


Your teen can find a program like partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient that offers substance abuse treatment quickly. If kids are about to head off to college, completing an intensive outpatient program might be a contingency. If your children are soon to come of age where they can get their driver’s license, undergoing medical detox and outpatient treatment might be the first step before reaching that milestone.

Family Therapy

No one suffers from addiction in isolation, even though it can feel that way. If you are dealing with substance abuse, you might not realize the effect your addiction has had on your family, and likewise, your family might not realize the effect they have had on you and your addiction. Sometimes relationships are broken when the trust is broken. Trust is broken when someone with an addiction tries to hide their behavior, lies, steals, and in general, can no longer be relied upon, to tell the truth.

But it can be much deeper than that. Sometimes relationships are broken through addiction because family members or close friends don’t know how to deal with it or communicate their concerns. Sometimes people say the wrong thing or make the problem worse, filling their loved ones with additional guilt over the uncontrollable aspects of their addiction or co-occurring mental health disorder.

Our team specializes in family therapy as an important part of sustainable recovery. Your family will remain involved in your life at some point, and being able to openly discuss these things and receive education together about the nature of addiction provides the tools to rebuild those relationships.

This is especially true for teenagers who might still be living under their parent’s roof and need to repair open communication and trust within the close family bonds. As part of teen addiction treatment, your family might participate together in family therapy.

So whether you need partial hospitalization, full outpatient services, or a combination of music therapy or art therapy, we can help. Talk to our team today about our teen and adolescent rehab services.

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