Use this resource page to explore different opioid use treatment options that are right for your teen.
Opioids refer to a class of drugs that includes substances such as heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and others.
Although doctors sometimes prescribe prescription opioid medications for severe pain, opioid misuse can quickly lead to dependence and addiction. SAMHSA explains that opioid misuse can lead to dependence in as little as five days.
Additionally, teens and young adults are the biggest misusers of prescription pain medication, and prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substances among Americans ages 14 and older, following alcohol and marijuana.
Teens and young people are significantly impacted by the negative effects of opioids.
Sandstone Care is here to support teens and young adults with substance use and mental health disorders.
Opioids may sometimes be prescribed for dental work, sports-related injuries, or surgeries. While they may work to help with pain, they can become highly addictive.
Opioids work by releasing dopamine into the body, which can cause someone to feel more relaxed or relieved from pain.
However, they also involve other effects, including sleepiness, nausea, and vomiting. Over time, they can also cause insomnia, muscle pain, infections, and pneumonia.
When a person becomes addicted, they lose control over the urge to seek the drug again and again, and the brain feels a need for opioids to feel “normal” again.
When opioids are misused, they can slow down your breathing too much, cause a person to stop breathing entirely, and lead to overdose.
Paramedics will likely give a medication called naloxone, which is used to block the effects of opioids quickly.
If you believe a loved one has overdosed on opioids, call 911 immediately.
Other Symptoms of opioid addiction in teens can include:
Sandstone Care provides age specific care for those who struggle with substance use, mental health, and co-occurring disorders. We have treatment centers throughout the United States.
Our commitment to our clients’ lasting success and recovery helps us continually exceed licensing standards of care throughout the industry.
A teen may need treatment for opioid addiction if their opioid use has begun to have a negative effect on their everyday life and they cannot stop using despite the consequences.
A teen may also need treatment for opioid addiction if they experience withdrawal symptoms, which can include:
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The Continuum of Care
Access a full range of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Whether you need a safe transitional living community, inpatient care, or outpatient therapy, we have a program to help.
60-90 days of on-site 24/7 treatment.
We offer two residential treatment centers designed specifically for teens struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, and co-occurring mental health disorders.
We help teens learn a healthy way to handle the daily challenges of their lives. We provide an intimate serene environment with smaller group sizes and a focus on strengthening the family unit. We provide robust academic support by certified teachers to ensure clients stay up to date on their coursework.
2-4 weeks of on-site day treatment.
Our Teen Day Treatment Program, also known as Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), is a highly structured level of care for teens that offers five days of robust programming a week.
Our two distinct mental health and substance use tracks help teens to stabilize, begin to understand their mental health and/or addiction struggles, and heal from them. We strive to help our clients become more like the person they want to be, without using negative coping strategies or substances to get there.
8-12 weeks of on-site or virtual treatment.
Our Teen IOP, or Intensive Outpatient Program, offers two distinct tracks to address teen needs, each track consisting of 3-4 days of weekly programming.
Our mood disorder track we are able to focus on mental health, depression, trauma, and anxiety. Our dual diagnosis track we are able to support teens with substance use and mental health challenges. Each focuses on developing positive social and academic habits while continuing with their school responsibilities.
A combination of medication and behavioral therapy has shown to be effective in treating opioid addictions.
The first line of treatment for opioid use disorder is medication. Medication can also be most effective when coupled with behavioral therapy.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, three medicines are approved by the FDA to treat opioid addiction.
The medicines buprenorphine and methadone can help to reduce cravings. Naltrexone is another medication used to treat opioid addiction by preventing its effects on the brain.
We deliver evidence-based therapy treatment for teens in a number of areas. We’re available 24/7 to answer any questions.
Contingency Management involves giving tangible rewards to individuals to reinforce positive behaviors such as abstinence from substances.
For example, Voucher-based reinforcements (VBR) are sometimes used for people who primarily abuse opioids.
In VBR, a person receives a voucher for every drug-free urine sample they provide. Vouchers have monetary value and can be used for things that encourage a drug-free lifestyle, like groceries or movie passes.
CBT is an evidence-based practice used to treat substance abuse and mental health issues.
CBT focuses on how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors connect and how unhealthy thought patterns can contribute to destructive behaviors.
A variety of different therapies fall under CBT, which can be used individually and in groups.
CBT is centered around identifying negative or false beliefs and restructuring them, so they reflect reality. It can also help teens build new techniques and life skills that they can use long after therapy.
CBT as a treatment for substance abuse helps teach individuals how to understand and avoid triggers, learn problem-solving skills, and build healthy coping mechanisms.
Motivation Enhancement Therapy (MET) is an approach that can help individuals engage in treatment and stop substance use.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the goal of MET is to evoke rapid and internally motivated change and build a plan for change.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of psychotherapy used to treat mental health disorders, addiction, and dual diagnoses.
DBT focuses on four main skills: interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.
Each of these skills helps a person learn to balance acceptance and change and understand the three states of mind.
DBT can help teens understand their choices and what state of mind contributed to their actions.
Addiction can become very isolating.
For teens, it can be hard to talk about what they are going through or even know how to talk it through.
Group therapy typically involves one or more therapists with a group of individuals who commonly share similar experiences.
In group therapy, each member can share what they are going through, things they are feeling, and what they have learned. Often, young people can relate to each other and learn from others’ experiences.
A strong support network and connecting with peers are major components of teen addiction treatment.
Family involvement is another important part of teen addiction treatment.
When one family member is struggling with addiction, it affects everyone.
It can sometimes cause tension in relationships and lead to problems with family, friends, and loved ones.
Through family therapy, a line of communication is open with a therapist present for each member to share their experiences and feelings. Family members can learn about each other’s struggles, how to understand each other better, and how to support one another.
Academics support and vocational training are two important parts of individualized age-specific teen addiction treatment.
Through academic support, young people can build skills that they can apply in their lives.
A lot of times, addiction can cause someone to lose interest or motivation in things they used to enjoy. Some people find it hard to have a sense of identity that doesn’t involve substances. With support, teens can build new goals and learn to live the lives they want.
Sandstone Care offers age-specific, individualized, and evidence-based treatment programs that help you regain control of your life and achieve lasting recovery.
Opioids can lead to problems in relationships between family members, friends, and anyone close to you.
Opioid addiction can cause a person to isolate themselves. They may cut ties with the people close to them or change friend groups to be around people who also engage in substance use.
When one person struggles with opioid addiction, it affects the whole family. Because of this, families need to be involved throughout the treatment and recovery process for teen opioid addiction.
Opioids work by attaching to receptors on nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord, and other organs.
By doing so, they can block pain messages sent from the body to the brain, which is why opioids are prescribed for severe pain.
Opioids also release large amounts of dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical that helps us feel rewarded, motivates our actions, and causes feelings of pleasure and well-being.
Teenagers are also especially vulnerable to addiction, dependence, and long-term or permanent damage from opioid misuse because they are experiencing many developmental changes.
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The increase in opioid overdose deaths has led the government to declare a public health emergency, affecting people in every community.
Opioids can affect every aspect of a teen’s life, including performance in school, mental and physical health, and relationships with family and friends.
It can also cause teens to engage in risky behaviors, such as driving under the influence.
Teens are especially vulnerable to the negative consequences of opioid use because of their rapidly developing brains. They are more susceptible to developing an addiction, long-term impacts on their health, or overdose.
According to the CDC, in 2019, current prescription opioid misuse was reported among 7.2% of high schoolers.
The opioid epidemic is a growing problem and has been declared a public health emergency.
Many parents may worry about how they can stop or prevent their children from abusing substances like opioids.
One of the first steps to preventing opioid use is by talking about it and educating yourself and your loved ones about the dangers that come with it. Open conversations can also help your child feel more comfortable coming to you and being open with you.
If a loved one is struggling with opioid use, reach out for professional help. Voice your concerns and give them your care and support. Getting help for substance use and addiction can be extremely difficult and is a process that takes time,
By getting professional help, you or your loved ones are given the resources and support needed to promote effective treatment and recovery.
Teen drug use and opioid misuse are extremely dangerous.
Not only does the opioid epidemic impact people of all communities, but teens are especially vulnerable to developing an addiction and facing long-term consequences related to opioid abuse.
Opioid use can negatively affect all aspects of a young person’s life and well-being.
According to the NIDA, behavioral therapies are the most commonly used form of drug abuse treatment.
Medications in combination with behavioral therapy can also be effective in treating addiction.
The effectiveness of different treatment approaches varies from person to person.
What works for one person may not work for another. That is why it is important to develop an individualized treatment plan to meet a specific individual’s needs rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
According to the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, in regards to opioid addiction usually follows a pattern that includes:
Yes, CBT is used as an evidence-based practice for treating a wide range of substance use disorders, drug addiction, and mental health disorders.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, research shows that the skills learned through CBT remain even after treatment is completed.
We understand taking the first step is difficult. There is no shame or guilt in asking for help or more information. We are here to support you in any way we can.