OCD AND ANXIETY
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The statistics on teen drug and alcohol use are staggering.
“Studies show that 15% of eighth graders have tried alcohol or other illegal substances, and 50% of high school students have reported trying some kind of drug,” says Dr. Azhar Yunus, medical director of Rogers’ Adolescent Recovery Program and child and adolescent outpatient services.
According to the Center on Addiction, 9 out of 10 people who go on to develop substance problems started using before they turned 18.
Since more and more kids are experimenting with alcohol and drugs at an early age, Dr. Yunus says recognizing the signs of substance use becomes critical.
Dr. Yunus also explains, “It’s rare that someone will just have substance use and no other mental health issues. In fact, substance use is often a way a teen may self-medicate or alleviate the symptoms he or she may be experience due to a co-occurring mental health disorder such as anxiety, depression, or ADHD.”
To be able to treat even more kids who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, Rogers Behavioral Health is expanding its Adolescent Recovery Program in West Allis.
Led by Dr. Yunus and a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals, adolescents ages 12 to 17 receive evidence-based treatment in a homelike, residential setting. To learn how the Adolescent Recovery Program can help a teen you know, request a free confidential screening at 800-767-4411 or request a screening online.
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