Orange County Teen Intensive Outpatient

What is an Intensive Outpatient program?

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a kind of treatment service and support program used primarily to treat eating disorders, depression, self harm and chemical dependency that does not rely on detoxification.

Intensive outpatient is not just reserved for adults who are suffering from addiction. There has always been an issue with teens drinking or using drugs. Studies suggest that the concern now more than ever is that so many adolescents are meeting the criteria for substance abuse disorder. By the time they’re retired, nearly 70% of teens and adolescents will have tried alcohol. Half of those teens will have tried illegal drugs. More than 20% of teens will have used prescription drugs. Adolescents are biologicals wired to try new things as well as taking risks. Using drugs or drinking is part a fulfillment of development means to find their own identity. This means of finding themselves is unhealthy and comes with risks and long term consequences.

Alcohol Statistics Among Teens

Alcohol statistics alone are staggering among teens. With one in four teens in grade eight drinking alcohol within a 30 day period and 18% of eighth graders getting drunk in the past year, it’s clearly a problem. A recent national survey from SAMSHA says that 28% of adolescents say they are binge drinkers with 6% saying they are heavy drinkers. Alcohol may not be considered a dangerous substance but the fact is, it’s a depressant that slows down the body’s functions.

High Use of Prescription Drugs in the Adolescent Age Group

Studies show that substance abuse in teens are more likely to lead to adult addiction. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) state that 27 million people worldwide are considered to be problem drug users. There are over 20% of youth in Orange County abusing prescription drugs that have not been prescribed to them. There’s a greater risk to use prescription drugs this way because the suggested dose is for someone else. Did you know that teens will often get together and put pills they found in one bucket? They ingest mixed mystery pills together in doses that may not be suggested. NIDA has warned that prescription drugs like Benzos or opioids are highly addictive with a potential for overdose, resulting in death.

Substance Abuse in Teens Leading to Death, Developmental Problems and Addiction

The rate of prescription drugs, underage drinking and alcoholism among teens is astounding. For adolescent minds, chronic alcohol and drug use leads to problems in brain development. The part of the mind that remembers things and represents an individuals’ ability to judge, reason, or solve problems can become badly damaged at a cellular level. This is how substance abuse in teens can increase risk of pregnancy, STIs and addiction.

The overdose rate in the U.S continues to rise every year. In 2015, 4.235 adolescents and young adults in the U.S. between the ages of 15-24 died from a substance abuse overdose.

Here’s the breakdown:
Heroin and other illicit opioids
Prescription Opiods
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”Chinese Proverb
The developmental issues teens and adolescents experience when abusing substances can have a detrimental effect on their adult lives. There is also the risk of overdose as teens abuse drugs they know nothing about. Their naturally risky nature could lead to chronic use, addiction, and scary behaviors that can have life-long effects. Without recovery, teen substance abuse can get worse over time. The teenager is more likely to become addicted to substances. Intensive outpatient centers like teensavers are available specifically to prevent addictions, overcome addictions and help teen substance abuse recovery. Rehab for teens is a safe place that holistically helps teens through their recovery. It helps them find out why they started abusing substances in the first place. Teens become aware of the damage they’re doing to themselves and gives them the real tools to abstain from the behavior.

More Information:

NCBI, Prev Res. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2012 Jul 18.

Published in final edited form as:

Prev Res. 2011; 18(2): 21–24.

Adolescent Brain Development and Drugs

NIH, Statistical chart. National Overdose Deaths from Select Prescription and Illicit Drugs

Curr Psychiatry Rep. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2011 Oct 1.