Best Drug Rehabilitation Issues Toolkit for Teen Violence Related to Substance Abuse

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As part of Teen Violence Awareness last month, the drug treatment program Best Drug Rehabilitation issued a toolkit to help parents and teens guard against violence related to addiction.

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According to Healthfinder.gov, over 10% of teens have been involved in an abusive relationship, and, when the number of unreported instances of teen violence is factored in, many believe that the actual statistic could be much higher than that.

Parents of teenaged and adolescent children might want to visit Best Drug Rehabilitation’s blog, where the latest post discusses Teen Violence Related to Substance Abuse. As part of last month’s observation of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, the substance abuse treatment center has issued a toolkit on this growing problem to help parents identify if there may be problems with their kids and their romantic interest that might involve drugs or alcohol.

“People learn how to establish healthy relationships in their developmental years, and practice of those skills begins in adolescence,” says Best Drug Rehabilitation’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “When there are issues with damaging and unhealthy relationships early in life that go unchecked, it can often lead to a cycle of progressively more dysfunctional, abusive and dangerous relationships later on in life.

When substance abuse is thrown into the mix, the effects can be devastating for young people and their families.”

Toolkit to Prevent Teen Violence Connected to Substance Abuse

Some of the topics that are covered by Best Drug Rehabilitation’s toolkit include:

  •     Open communication between parents and teens about healthy relationships
  •     Teachers or guest speakers in schools holding discussions about teen dating violence and prevention
  •     The creation of policies in school that support healthy relationships and encourage students to speak up about unhealthy activities
  •     The importance of parents as role models in showing their teens how to maintain healthy relationships.

According to Healthfinder.gov, over 10% of teens have been involved in an abusive relationship, and, when the number of unreported instances of teen violence is factored in, many believe that the actual statistic could be much higher than that. February’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about this issue and to help protect our teens from violence at the hands of others.

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