Teen addiction is a very serious matter, and the statistics continue to increase every single year. In 2002, an estimated 1.1 million youth ages 12 to 17 required an intervention for substance abuse. Adolescence is the period of time when fitting in seems like the most important thing in the world. Oftentimes, this need to fit in can lead to destructive and dangerous behavior. A large number of teens will experiment with drugs and/or alcohol at some point in their adolescence. Unfortunately, a number of these teens will experience addiction and will require professional assistance. At risk teens often have poor self-control and a poor family environment. Added pressure from peers increases their risk.
Teens who are experiencing some from of addiction may benefit from an adolescent intervention. An adolescent intervention usually involves family members and a professional interventionist. The goal of an adolescent intervention is to encourage the teen to change his or her behavior in a positive manner. This can be done through counseling or therapy. Adolescent who are experiencing more severe forms of addiction may benefit from an inpatient program with other teens. Being surrounded by other individuals who are experiencing similar issues can be advantageous and encouraging. Adolescents can work together to support each other and learn from each other.
A family intervention can be exactly what is needed to change the path of a troubled teen. It is very important that a teen addict feels supported and loved by family members. The intervention itself should be presented in a non-judgmental environment. Understanding that he or she will have his or her family behind them every step of the way can make the entire process easier to handle. Love and encouragement are very important in the recovery process.