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Teen substance abuse is a major problem in the United States and all over the world. As a parent, educating yourself about the disease of addiction and how to treat it can make the difference in helping your teen through a difficult time, and into a successful and rewarding way of living.

  • Substance Abuse: Armed with information, parents can ensure that their children get help and leave their substance abuse problems behind as they move into adulthood. See Related: Drug Addiction.
  • Marijuana Abuse: Marijuana isn’t the most expensive drug on the market, which makes it attractive for teens who don’t have large amounts to spend.
  • Heroin Abuse: Learning more about what heroin abuse looks like could help parents to spot the abuse, and step in when their teens begin to experiment.
  • Prescription Drug Abuse: Teens in middle to late adolescence seem particularly vulnerable to the lure of prescription drug abuse, and this remains a concern to addiction specialists
“Across the United States substance abuse in all its forms is a leading cause of morbidity and morality. In Northern California there is a major lack of high quality adolescent treatment programs. Scott Sowle has been responsible for the development of nationally recognized treatment programs for adolescents and their families. Muir Wood is an exceptional program that addresses the key elements in effectively treating adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring issues.”
— David Smith, MD, FASAM, FAACT
  • Cocaine Abuse: Cocaine abuse early in life might predispose a teen to addictions later on. By providing the teen with comprehensive help now, this can be prevented.
  • Inhalant Abuse: Industrious teens might seek solvents out for a quick high, sniffing and snorting the solvents and their toxic vapors. This is known as inhalant abuse.
  • Alcohol Abuse: The age requirement doesn’t seem to stop teens from abusing the deadliest substance of all.
  • Spice Abuse:Spice is a synthetic marijuana product that has been legally sold in many places across the country, but has been recently classified as a Schedule I drug.
  • LSD Abuse: LSD is a hallucinogen that can cause a “bad trip” and even result in lasting brain damage.
  • Valium Abuse: Valium is a prescription drug that is becoming more abused among teen.
  • Rohypnol Abuse: A secret Rohypnol abuse issue could be devastating to a teen, and the problem could go on for years before parents are even aware that a problem is in place.
  • Suboxone Abuse: Designed to help addiction, when misused Suboxone can lead to horrible side effects.
  • Dextromethorphan Abuse: Unlike most over-the-counter meds, dextromethorphan is a substance that is often abused for recreational purposes.
  • Crack Cocaine Abuse: Crack is the strongest form of cocaine, almost double the potency – and risk – of regular (powdered) cocaine.
  • Opana Abuse: A prescription pain medication known as oxymorphone, marketed under Opana, has become one of the most dangerous drugs sold on the street today.
  • Designer Drug Abuse: Any drug that’s made in a laboratory could be considered a designer drug, but the term is often applied only to drugs of abuse.
  • Ecstasy Abuse: Studies like this seem to suggest that ecstasy could be so dangerous that teens could lose their lives due to the damage they endure.
  • Teen Drug Addiction: Almost every teen in the United States is faced with the decision to use drugs. Some also face addiction.
  • Kratom Abuse: When taken in larger doses, kratom acts as a depressant with the same type of effects as heroin. Abuse of this drug can have horrible side effects.
  • Bath Salt Abuse:A recent study has found that one chemical used in bath salts can be more damaging to the body than cocaine.
  • Xanax Abuse: Xanax can be an appealing drug of abuse due to its pharmacological makeup.
  • Ativan Addiction: Ativan is a medication has been associated with profound sedation and relaxation.
  • Adderall Abuse: Adderall is a powerful prescription drug, one that is often abused by teens and young adults.
  • Ambien Abuse: One of most potent and commonly prescribed sleep aids is Ambien, or zolpidem.
  • Morphine Addiction: Morphine is a strongly addictive painkiller that should not be use without a doctor’s supervision.
  • Molly Abuse: Typically used by teens and young adults at clubs, dance parties and other social events, Molly has been in steady use for decades.