Coping with Teen Opioid Addiction

teen opioid addiction

Teen addiction continues to occur according to national statistics, reflecting 1 in 8 may be using prescribed medications or have used non-prescription drugs at least once in their lives. The medical industry takes precaution in prescribing opioid analgesics to teens based on known behavior problems associated with Teen Opioid Addiction. As teen behavior changes it calls attention to the fact that medical introduction of opioid may increase the chances of prescribed drug addiction, especially when the teen abuses the drug to feel good or experience a high.

This drug is extremely dangerous with continued and ongoing use as a stimulus to deal with pain or emotion breakdowns. The reason, opioid lessens the sensation of each experience requiring higher doses to achieve the same effect. The consequences can be a serious addiction lasting a lifetime. As each session demands higher and higher doses of opioid, it can lead to a greater risk of potential overdose for the teen. The same concerns apply to taking opioid with other drugs; these combinations can have very dangerous effects with fatal outcomes.

Not surprising are the sources providing non-prescription drugs as the urge or dependency develops. Teens look to relatives, strangers or street sellers offering non-prescription forms of opioid for relief. Studies report little distinction between the rates of Teen opioid Use or abuse among ethnic group comparisons when examining the neurological and physical effects as a result of using opioid.


Successful treatments encompass several factors to prevent relapses. Social environments are powerful stimuli affecting Teen opioid Addiction, stress of rejoining friends, where the availability of drugs exists, while learning to cope without the use of drugs is difficult.

Treatment Forums

There are several forms of treatment communities; depending on the level of the Teen’s Opioid Addiction and ability to confront the truth of the condition. A combination of these forums includes; individual, group, outpatient or residential therapies aligned with a managed program.

Maintenance Therapy

Today, we see more evidence that ongoing maintenance even after treatment is needed to support Teens Opioid Abuse and relapsing effects caused by Teen opioid Use. In some cases relapsing is treated as a chronic condition, which may require lifelong therapy and medical observation. One major cause for relapses are the changes in body functions, especially in how the brain responds to a teen’s life environments and daily challenges after treatment.


About Karen Corcoran-Walsh

Karen Corcoran-Walsh, CAP, ICADC, MFT, ASAM is nationally known as an expert in the treatment of mental health and drug or alcohol abuse and addiction, also known as Dual Diagnosis, with a specialty in working with teenagers. Renowned as an adolescent addiction treatment center professional, she has worked in the professions of education and drug treatment for approximately 20 years. Karen is the co-founder of Inspirations For Youth And Families, LLC an adolescent treatment program and The Cove Center For Recovery, LLC an adult addiction treatment center.

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