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When Your Teen Is an Addict

If your teen has admitted his problem and is ready for help, you have a variety of rehabilitation options available, ranging from residential rehabilitation facilities and outpatient treatment, to wilderness and equine therapy. To help you locate services in your area, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers a full list of facilities available state-by-state.

The financial burden of rehab ranges from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars, and is one of the main reasons why oftentimes treatment isn't sought. The type of treatment and how much it costs depends on the severity of your teen's situation. Severely addicted teens may need a residential program that lasts 90 days or more, while a less dependent teen might benefit from a 30-day out-patient program.

Remember why you are seeking help for your teen, and keep in mind that a successful rehab program will aim to make him self-sufficient enough to support himself and maybe someday pay you back. Addiction can be a life or death situation for your teen, and the most valuable result rehab can provide is the potential to save his life. Although knowing this won't make rehab any cheaper, it might make the bill easier to swallow.



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