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Drug and alcohol addiction, as well as use, unfortunately knows no age limits, as recent separate incidents in Texas reveal. In one incident, a juvenile was present at the time a "sting" operation was conducted, and arrests were made. While the juvenile's name and other identifying information was not released, it was stated that the juvenile was selling cocaine at the time of the incident.

Without going into details that may jeopardize the identity or privacy of the juvenile involved in the above incident, the arrest of the juvenile, along with two adults, occurred because law enforcement officials had somehow found out that illicit drug sales were being conducted out of a public business. It was possible for someone-either a law enforcement official or a person working in cooperation with law enforcement-to walk into the establishment and make an illicit drug purchase.

Further proof that drug and alcohol addiction does not discern by age is given in the results of a recent survey. 35,150 Texas residents were asked about their drug use as it pertained to alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine (meth), as well as whether or not they had ever been admitted for substance abuse.
A surprising number of the Texas residents who took part in the survey and had sought help for drug and alcohol addiction were between the ages of 12 to 17 years and 18 to 20 years. The highest number of admissions (51.0%) was for marijuana use by those 12 to 17 years old.

It is always sad to hear of young people getting into trouble because of drugs and alcohol, whether it is due to an addiction or to circumstances such as that previously mentioned. Thankfully, those who do have drug and alcohol addiction in Texas and other states can obtain treatment. The treatment is available through the various drug and alcohol addiction treatment facilities located throughout the State of Texas.

Many times when young people are caught up in drug and alcohol addiction, parents, guardians or other responsible adults may not know exactly what to look for in a treatment center, especially because a person needing help is so young. For these people, a treatment facility that is designed to work either primarily or solely with adolescents may be a good choice.

Some young people may need a very structured environment, with the majority of the decisions being made for them, at least at first while others may want to take more responsibility for their treatment options right from the start. A treatment center will need to be chosen that meets the child's wishes, if this is possible.

It may be beneficial for some young people to be in a large-group setting, with others who are in the same or similar situations. If this is the case, oftentimes the larger clinics "put them to work", helping out in the food service or housekeeping areas. This can provide the patients with a sense of responsibility as well as a way of keeping busy so that the treatment time seems to pass faster .

Other young people may need to be in a smaller setting where more individualized treatment can be given, in quieter surroundings. This may be especially true if a young person has already been diagnosed with an underlying mental or emotional disorder such as bi-polar disorder, depression, or other similar condition. When this occurs, this is called dual-diagnosis and many clinics are designed specifically to provide treatment for those with an addiction problem as well as other problems.

Although young people have been primarily mentioned, these guidelines can be adapted to those adults who need drug and alcohol treatment. Texas has a number of facilities that are set up to treat just adults. Some are treatment-specific; for instance, they only treat drug addiction, and not alcohol. Others may be gender-specific, accepting only men or women. Some may use medication, such as Bupronorphine, while others do not.

http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius_04/special_reports/arrest_juveniles.html
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/sa/default.shtm

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