The teen years can be difficult for many young people. Some of them experiment with drugs and alcohol during this time. When experimenting becomes a regular part of a teen’s life, consider holding a New York drug and alcohol intervention.
Young people are dealing many issues during the teen years, including managing physical and emotional changes, dealing with friends, learning about dating and trying to figure out who they are. In the midst of all this, they also need to keep up with their studies and make a decision about what kind of career they want to pursue. It’s a tall order.
Impulsivity Normal Part of Teen Brain Development
Teens are known for their impulsivity and interest in experimentation. The incentive/reward part of the brain matures earlier than the ability to stop and think about consequences, according to the National Institutes of Health.
The part of the brain that regulates decision-making ability and impulse control continues to develop until a person is in their mid-twenties. Teenagers are unable to make decisions based on the long-term consequences of their actions. They are only able to see the immediate rewards.
When drugs and alcohol are introduced to a still-developing brain, the chemicals act on its reward system. If a young person becomes addicted, they are going to be completely focused on getting their drug of choice. It becomes even more challenging for them to see past the immediate rewards of getting drunk or high to the long-term benefits of a sober lifestyle.
It is important to act quickly when you discover that a young person in your family has developed a substance abuse problem. Dismissing it as a “phase” or something they will grow out of will make it more difficult for them to get sober.
New York Drug and Alcohol Interventions for Teens
A teen intervention is a bit different from one being held for an adult. In the time leading up to the intervention, the parents may have pulled back if the teen has started exhibiting any (or all) of the following behaviors:
• Becoming confrontational with family members (including swearing or raising voice)
• Skipping classes at school
• Violent behavior
Pulling back in the face of these types of behavior only leads to a young person continuing to act out, creating more conflict in the home. Holding an intervention is an opportunity for parents and close family members to confront the teen directly.
The parents need to discuss appropriate limits and consequences for their teen before the intervention. If the young person refuses to get treatment, there will be specific consequences. However, unlike a New York drug and alcohol intervention performed on an adult, the consequences cannot involve withdrawing all support.
Parents of a teen must still provide the necessities of life (food, clothing, shelter), but they can take away privileges such as access to a vehicle or paying for a cellphone if it means getting their child the help they need.
Information on Drugs, Alcohol, and Interventions in New York
When discussing how to plan a successful drug or alcohol intervention, it is helpful to understand what types of drugs are prevalent in your state and how they affect it. As one of the most well-known states, New York is one of the busiest and most populated areas in the United States. The state’s major city, New York City, is where a majority of the country’s major industries are based. NYC is also where a large portion of the state’s population lives. This has created an entire sub-culture surrounded by drug and alcohol abuse; which also why it is known as a major drug distribution center and destination for users.
The substances with the most impact in the state are alcohol, heroin, crack, cocaine, and MDMA. With the increase of heroin and opioid addiction, just like many other states, New York is not spared from having a severe uptick in overdoses. These heroin overdoses are mainly caused by Fentanyl, a drug that it ten times stronger than heroin and are being sold as heroin. Illicit drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, are typically imported from other countries (such as South America, Colombia, and Canada). Other than being sold on the streets, these illicit drugs are then often sold at the retail level (bars, grocery stores, mini-marts, etc.). In order to sell these drugs discretely, many dealers create labels on these products to try and mask what is truly going on.
New York Drug Facts:
- 5 percent of New York citizens in 2014 did not receive treatment for their alcohol dependency.
- Also in 2014, 85 percent of New York citizens did not receive any treatment for illicit drug dependency.
- 946,000 adults, aged 21 or older, reported heavy alcohol use in 2014.
- 3% of teens and young adults, aged 12-20, reported binge drinking in 2010-2011.
Why Choose Intervention Services Inc. for Drug or Alcohol Interventions?
We commonly see that when someone is seeking an interventionist, they will most likely limit their choices to therapists within their state. Even though hiring a therapist may seem like the right choice at first, they may not be the right choice in hosting an intervention. As a company founded by a family who has struggled with substance abuse, we know what it is like to have a major rift within the household that comes from drugs and alcohol. We have taken our experiences, turned them into our passion, and created Intervention Services Inc. in order to help families just like yours every day.
Intervention Services Inc. is the largest intervention service provider in North America, delivering around 400 successful interventions per year. Call now to speak to one of our qualified substance abuse counselors and interventionist specialists and get the help your loved one truly deserves.