Drug Abuse

Drug | ab.use

/drəɡ/ /əˈbyo͞oz/

n.noun

Drug abuse is defined as, compulsive or excessive use of abusing drugs or substances. Individuals who abuse drugs do so, for a variety of reasons. The main reason an individual abuses drugs is to escape reality, a reality they view as unbearable to deal with psychologically. Individuals who abuse drugs are typically very depressed and see drug abuse as their only way of coping with said abuse.

Drug abuse is a somber affliction for anyone to deal with mentally. If left untreated, addiction can very quickly destroy the lives of anyone and may even lead result in fatal consequences. It if for this reason that individuals who struggle with drug abuse find treatment for their disorder immediately.

There are many treatment options for troubled adolescents who struggle with drug abuse and addiction. Treatment options such as, residential treatment, is a viable option for parents of a drug addicted teen to consider.

Drug treatment

Drug / Treat.ment

drəg| |ˈtrētmənt|
n.noun

Drug treatment is a broad spectrum of clinical care that is designed to assist drug addicted individuals in fully recovering from their life threatening habit. Drug treatment comes in many forms that differ significantly in methods they use.

The different kinds of treatment

There are nearly countless forms and variations of drug treatment. However, the most widely used treatment programs include, long-term residential, short-term residential, outpatient, individualized counseling, group counseling, and criminal justice-involved drug therapies. The appropriate treatment that best suits an individual depends on the particular individual and the severity of their struggles.

Troubled teen drug treatment

While there are many substance abuse treatments for adults, there may be just as many for troubled teens. In today's age, teens are experimenting, socially abusing and suffering from potential life-long, and life threatening addictions in epidemic proportions. Consequently, there are now more options for these addicted teens than ever. The standard treatments for these teens are the same procedures as adults, with the addition of teen-specific therapies. These teen-specific treatments include therapeutic boarding schools and group homes for troubled adolescents.

Dual diagnosis

Du.al di.ag.nosis

|ˈd(y)oōəl| |ˌdīəgˈnō.sis|
n.noun

Dual diagnosis (also called co-occurring disorders, COD) is a disorder in which an individual suffers from a mental illness in addition to suffering from addiction to harmful substances..' An individual who suffers from COD is incapable of handling his/her psychological ailments on their own. For this reason, it is imperative that individuals suffering from dual diagnosis receive immediate psychiatric treatment.


Due to to their incapability of properly dealing with personal, psychological issues, a person suffering from co-occurring disorders will choose to abuse harmful substances in attempt to 'self-medicate.' The harmful substance acts as a medicinal crutch, temporarily relieving the individual of any mental strife. This relief, however, is short lived. After engaging in substance abuse, an individual suffering from dual diagnosis is eventually left in a more emotionally damaged and mentally agonizing state than they were before abusing. Moreover, whatever mental issue a person diagnosed with COD struggles with, worsens with each act of drug abuse.

The dilemmas of dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorder, are very dangerous and paralyzingly difficult for any individual to face on their own. Furthermore, a person suffering from COD requires professional, psychiatric and addictive-rehabilitating care. In regards to the treatment of troubled teens, residential treatment programs, like therapeutic boarding schools for troubled teens, offer treatment to teens suffering from dual diagnosis disorder.