In the state of Texas, drug abuse continues to be a big problem, especially for teens and young adults. If you have found evidence that your teenager may be using or abusing illicit drugs, it is time to prepare an intervention. During the intervention, a group of people close to the teen will confront him or her about their alcohol or drug use and how their actions are affecting them.
During the intervention, the teen will be subjected to listening to truthful and personal stories from each person in the group, hopefully with the benefit of the teen understanding that their actions affect more than their own health.
Dangers of Teen Drug Use
No matter what type of drug the teen was abusing, and for how long they have been addicted to the drug, it will have negative consequences on their physical and emotional health. Depending on what type of drug they used, for how long, and how much of it was used, the effects of drug use can vary between milder conditions such as headaches, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, depression and psychological issues to more severe and life-threatening conditions such as irregular heartbeats, hyperthermia, and shallow respirations among many other adverse health effects.
Signs of Teen Drug Abuse
If you plan to stage an intervention for your teen in Texas, you may want to first decide if he or she is really abusing drugs. Some of the more common signs include being isolated, having intense mood swings and bouts of anger, suddenly not paying attention to personal hygiene or grooming themselves properly, a lack of interest in friends and social activities, doing more poorly in school, and a variety of other behavioral signs.
Preparing for the Intervention
Before the intervention begins, it will need to be carefully planned out so that every person in the intended group understands their place and the reasons for the intervention. Typically, there is a counselor who is familiar with how an intervention works and the best way to approach it. The group should be assembled with individuals who are very close to the teen and who he or she will trust and be willing to hear their letters or stories. The group should come together at least once before the day of the intervention to go through a rehearsal where they each read their letter and get group participation for possible improvements. As a group, everyone should also come up with what are known as "bottom lines." Bottom lines are statements which tell the teen what will happen if he or she does not seek treatment, such as a parent telling them if they don't seek treatment, they can no longer live at home.
During the planning stages, the group should choose a date and time to stage the intervention and one or several individuals from the group should decide a place for the intervention. If the teen is still living at home in Texas, that is a great place to have it because this place will be more natural for the teen.
An hour before the intervention is to begin, the group should assemble together in a discreet location and one person should bring the teenager to the place of meeting where the leader of the group will begin. The start of the intervention is to tell the teen why everyone is there, and each person will proceed with their letters. At the end of the intervention, it should be made very clear why you have come together and spoken to the teen about his or her drug or drinking problem, and requested that they go to a Texas treatment center for their drug problem.
Intervention Following Up
Shortly after the intervention is complete, someone will bring the teen to the substance abuse treatment center in Texas which may be for a few days to several weeks. After he or she returns home, counseling sessions will typically become a part of the family's life. It is important during this stage of treatment to keep watch on your teen for typical warning signs that they may be using drugs again. Some things to look for include grades which continue to plummet, behaving in unusual ways, or doing anything suspicious. Hanging out with a new group of friends, going back to her old way of acting around others, being more isolated, or getting into trouble at school or with the law are other common warning signs. Don't be afraid to search through your teen's belongings to be sure there are no drugs or traces of alcohol there.