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Substance Abuse

The thought that your child might be using drugs or alcohol can be terrifying. It is important to get help for your troubled teen so he or she can build a happy and healthy life. Some signs that your child might be involved with substance abuse include:

  • Cycles of increased energy, restlessness, awake at unusual times, and inability to sleep (often seen in stimulants)
  • Abnormally slow movements, speech or reaction time, slowed or staggering walk, poor physical condition, confusion and disorientation (often seen in opiates, benzodiazepines and barbiturates)
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Cycles of excessive sleep and unusual laziness
  • Unexpected changes in clothing, such as constantly wearing long sleeved shirts, to hide scarring at injection sites on lower arm, leg or bottom of feet.
  • Suspected drug paraphernalia such as unexplained pipes, roach clips or syringes
  • For snorted drugs, chronic troubles with sinusitis, runny nose or nosebleeds
  • For smoked drugs, a persistent hacking cough or bronchitis, leading to coughing up excessive mucus or blood
  • Progressive severe dental problems (especially with methamphetamine)
  • Loss of appetite, increase in appetite, any changes in eating habits
  • Red, watery eyes; pupils larger or smaller than usual; blank stare
  • Cold, sweaty palms; shaking hands
  • Puffy face, blushing or paleness
  • Smell of substance on breath, body or clothes
  • Extreme hyperactivity; excessive talkativeness
  • Nausea, vomiting or excessive sweating
  • Tremors or shakes of hands, feet or head
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Change in friends; hanging out with a new group
  • Sudden downturn in academic performance *
  • Loss of interest in former hobbies
  • Isolation from family, or from peers at times
  • Long, unexplained absences
  • Lying and stealing
  • Unlawful behaviors
  • Deteriorating family relationships
  • Changes in behavior and attitude

Logan River Academy offers teen drug treatment through a full substance abuse recovery program designed to assist teens in overcoming drug and/or alcohol abuse while they are working on other behavioral, clinical, and academic issues. Logan River Academy’s Substance Abuse Recovery Program consists of three phases of teen drug treatment, which reflect the various stages of change involved in substance abuse recovery of a troubled teen:

The Discoverer Phase encompasses the pre-contemplation and contemplation stages of change. Together with the primary therapist in individual and family therapy, students grow to recognize the losses they have experienced due to substance abuse and to begin thinking about changing.

The Explorer Phase encompasses the preparation and action stages of change. The student continues to work on sobriety with the primary therapist, and the student begins to attend weekly Recovery Groups. Group therapy assists students as they work through rational recovery toward a healthy lifestyle. During this phase, the student should develop a sincere interest in sober living and begin making plans to make this happen.

The Adventurer Phase encompasses the maintenance stage of change. During this phase, students attend recovery group only once per month (although they may attend more frequently if they wish), and they are responsible for choosing their days of attendance. Adventurers actively seek opportunities to mentor students who are on earlier phases of sobriety and begin experiencing situations similar to AA/NA sponsors. Adventurers practice their sobriety on frequent home visits. Successful Adventurer status is required for completion of the Logan River Academy program