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Drug Rehab Treatment For Teens In Canada

Dealing with an adolescent who is abusing drugs or/and alcohol is not the easiest task. It is an age where you want to be "cool." Furthermore, you want to be "part of the group" and if the kid chooses a wrong group than the consequences can be catastrophic.

Parents may be too reasonable when accessing their child’s drug involvement because they also smoked marijuana when they were young. However, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Marijuana today is more dangerous than it was in the 60s and 70s . Some reports estimate that today's marijuana is five times the strength than it was in the 1970s while other reports estimate the strength is as high as 25 times that of earlier decades."

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Some parents believe that supervised underage drinking or marijuana use is harmless. The idea is that if drinking is done in their home, kids won't drink and drive or get into too much trouble. The problem with this is twofold. The Anti-Drug Campaign points out that, " People who begin drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who wait until age 21. Each additional year of delayed drinking onset reduces the probability of alcohol dependence by 14 percent."

And kids aren't the only ones who are hurt in this scenario. Parents, too, are harmed. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that, " Adults who serve or supply alcohol to persons under the age of 21 can be held liable, even if they're not home when underage drinking occurs."

Dealing with teens is not obvious. A good method to get the kid's awareness level higher is to educate them about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol use. With this method, they do not feel "forced" but it comes from their own determinism, which is more effective. In some case, a good treatment is necessary.

In looking for the “right” rehab program, one should pay attention to programs that have clinical approaches that actually treat the program and not just change one's ideas about alcohol and drugs. Call our counselors and discuss what would be best for your particular situation.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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