Figures vary only slightly from year to year, but basically, adolescent addiction to marijuana remains fairly consistent and cannabis continues to be the most commonly abused substance in the United States. Begun by John Southworth in 1998, Southworth Associates offers a vast continuum of methods which include intervention programs, monitoring and consulting services to addicted adolescents. Southworth Associates has emerged as a means to not only address all the issues surrounding abusive behaviors, but to specifically help in areas where there is clearly what the National Survey on Drug Use and Health defines as an unmet treatment need. This refers to all the youth in the country who meet the criteria for abuse of, or dependence on, illicit drugs, but who have not received specialty treatment for that addiction in the past year. Statistics show that nearly 50% of high school seniors in the United States have smoked marijuana at least once in their lifetimes. Further, research reveals that marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory that can last for several days or weeks. The most known harmful effects of long-term marijuana abuse or marijuana addiction are the lack of social functioning in terms of family, school, work and recreational activities by the substance abuser. At Southworth Associates we offer drug abuse intervention for adolescent drug abusers. Our multi-service program provides the full spectrum of addiction interventions, monitoring and consulting services to addicted adolescents.
Manchester Teen Marijuana Use
Manchester, New Hampshire is the largest city in the State, the tenth largest city in New England, and the largest city in northern New England, an area consisting of the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Manchester is in Hillsborough County and situated along the banks of the Merrimack River. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of nearly 110,000, the most of any New England city north of Boston. Marijuana is the popular drug of choice in the state. In New Hampshire, approximately 13,000 (11.1 %) adolescents used an illicit drug in the past month; 10,000 (8.9 %) used marijuana, and 5,000 (4.6 %) used an illicit drug other than marijuana. Further, rates of alcohol and drug dependence or abuse were similar between males and females; 6,000 males and 6,000 females abused, or were dependent on, alcohol or drugs in the past year. Of the total adolescent male admissions, 87.6 % (1,171) reported marijuana use; and of the total adolescent female admissions, 79.9 % (541) reported marijuana use. Southworth Associates noted that the unmet need for substance abuse treatment in New Hampshire amounted to more than 1.16 million adolescents who met the criteria, but who did not receive specialty treatment for that problem in the past year. We also note that in 2009, over 25% of New Hampshire teenagers reported using marijuana at least once a month, which is significantly higher than the U.S. rate of 20%.
Manchester Underage Adolescent Marijuana Use
Southworth Associates understands the harmful effects on health, including chronic diseases, infectious diseases, unintentional injuries (falls and motor vehicle accidents), and cancer that are brought about by substance abuse. Furthermore, we know that if marijuana abuse starts in youth, further damage is done to the developing brain, which may result in lifelong impaired cognitive function and memory problems. Southworth Associates can help with your teenagers drug addiction through our successful intervention program. Intervention may very well persuade your teen to enter treatment, and when they finally fathom how their drug abuse has effected others, they may be inclined to take their sobriety seriously in order to make things right with you and with others. It is important for you to realize that you are not alone. Many families have overcome the plague of excessive teenage drug abuse in their homes. When their adolescents have successfully completed treatment for underage marijuana addiction, they often become more focused on their school work again. At Southworth Associates, we have seen that its also not unusual for them to decide pursue a college education which would have been impossible prior to their receiving drug intervention. Sobriety may ignite the passion in your teenagers life, and help them to achieve the goals that are important to them. Treatment will also go far to giving adolescents all the tools and support they need to live a life free of drug dependence and addiction. To learn more about out life-saving intervention program, call Southworth Associates today.