Adolescents dealing with behavioral health problems or addiction to drugs and/or alcohol may find help at SummitRidge Hospital. Our professional, caring staff has years of combined experience working with adolescents diagnosed with mood, behavior and substance use disorders.
It is important to note that adolescents exhibiting addiction tendencies may suffer from other undiagnosed psychiatric illnesses. Many adolescents who use drugs or alcohol often suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD or similar mental health illnesses.
For most adolescents, the experimental use of alcohol and/or drugs might be considered fun or perhaps even provide relief from stress or a personal loss. Initially, only a small amount of alcohol or drugs is used to numb those nagging unpleasant feelings, but as those emotions intensify, more and more of the addictive substance may be used to lessen the pain… so begins the cycle of addiction.
Many of the emotional overloads experienced by adolescents may be traced to one of the following root causes:
Many of these behaviors may be seen as “normal” for adolescents, however when multiple behaviors are noticeable, it may indicate that the teenager has a serious problem that can respond to treatment. Some adolescents have problems with depression/bipolar disorder and alcohol and drugs.
For more information or to refer a patient to our Inpatient Adolescent Program, please contact us today.