The bottom line is that if you are talking about at-risk youth, any added stressor can serve as a trigger for substance abuse or other problem behaviors. Parents should watch for signs that indicate that their child might be in trouble.
Malibu, CA (PRWEB) September 13, 2007
Both anecdotal evidence and informal studies support the idea that going back to school represents a time in which many American youth experience a rise in depression, anxiety and substance abuse. The data that supports such a belief suggests that the risk is highest with teenagers who experience significant amount of peer pressure.
According to Cole Rucker, M.A., co-founder of Echo Malibu Youth Treatment Center, http://www.echomalibu.com ,there are many likely reasons. "We see Back-To-School time, as with all times of change, as potentially a very difficult time for adolescents and their families. When you are in the midst of the individuation process, any transitional period can be stressful. Youth tend to be more focused on peers than family, especially when facing returning to a pressure filled social situation. This can be difficult for parents whose primary focus is appropriately, the entire family. "
Dr. Jeffrey Nalin, Executive Director of Echo Malibu adds, "The bottom line is that if you are talking about at-risk youth, any added stressor can serve as a trigger for substance abuse or other problem behaviors. Parents should watch for signs that indicate that their child might be in trouble." According to Dr. Nalin, "Some of the signs parents should look for include: changes in sleeping habits or appetite, social isolation or retreat, changes in dress or appearance, a change in friends, or loss of interest in pursuits that have been of importance. It isn't always easy for parents to determine the nature or severity of an emerging problem." In an effort to assist parents, Echo Malibu Teen treatment Center, http://www.echomalibu.com , has extra counselors on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide assistance to families who may be in crisis. Parents or youth may call 800 780 ECHO to speak with a counselor free of charge. Echo Malibu is a leader in the field of treatment for youth struggling with chemical dependency, emotional and behavioral issues.