Why do teens turn to alcohol and drugs?

Posted on 02/22/19 04:35:pm


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Ninety percent of addictions start in the teen years. According to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, teens use for a variety of reasons from boredom, peer pressure, lack of confidence, misinformation, and rebellion to wanting to escape or self-medicate. Kids who are dealing with depression, anxiety, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at a higher risk for a drug or alcohol problem.

Rogers offers Mental Health and Addiction Recovery for adolescents who can benefit from residential care with an average stay of 30 to 45 days. Located at Rogers’ West Allis site, Wisconsin, teens struggling with mental health and addiction get the help they need in a homelike setting. Adolescents 12 to 17-years-old receive comprehensive, evidence-based therapies to address substance use as well as existing mental health challenges that are often at the root of alcohol or drug misuse.

A former patient shared with us that, “Because of the Adolescent Recovery Program, I have decided to make a change. I no longer feel the need to use drugs/substances to cover up my problems. This is one of the best things I have done with my life.”

Mental health and addiction outpatient care for adolescents is also available in our Appleton, Brown Deer, Madison, and Nashville locations.

To learn how Rogers can help a teen struggling with addiction, call 800-767-4411 or request a free screening online.

Call 800-767-4411 or go to rogersbh.org to request a free screening.