Teen Addiction: ‘Tough’ Treatment Isn’t Working

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Teen Addiction: ‘Tough’ Treatment Isn’t Working

Adult and teen addiction is often looked at as a sinful behavior–something lifelong, incurable, tainting, and debilitating. This isn’t true, though, and Maia Szalavitz has made it her mission to transform adult and teen addiction treatment. NPR recently had an interview with her concerning her struggle with addiction and her new book called Unbroken Brain. She argues that the way to really help individuals get through addiction is through “harm reduction” programs–these aim to take a positive approach to helping people through addiction.

Szalavitz’s view of adult & teen addiction

“We have this idea that if we are just cruel enough and mean enough and tough enough to people with addiction, that they will suddenly wake up and stop, and that is not the case.” –Maia Szalavitz

Szalavitz believes the current treatment–mainly the 12-step programs–for adult and teen addiction is ineffective and treats it as not a medical condition, but a sinful behavior.

It’s often treated as something that has to do with moral issues instead of being an actual disease–which is inaccurate.

People suffering from addiction are often treated as inhuman, which Szalavitz claims prolongs addiction and can make it worse. Her answer is to help those with addiction by treating them with dignity, respect, and using actual medicines available to help them get through their addiction.

Getting treatment

If your son or daughter is dealing with a teen addiction and needs help, it’s important to seek out a professional for further guidance on what steps to take next. Helping your child ensure their future by getting them proper treatment is the best thing you can do to help them succeed.

ViewPoint Center can help

ViewPoint Center is a mental health hospital for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis.

For more information about how ViewPoint Center handles issues related to teen addiction, contact us today at 801-825-5222!


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