Oak Park lies a mere nine miles west of Chicago and within close proximity to I-290 also known as the Eisenhower Expressway. This stretch of road has an insidious reputation for drug trafficking, which earned it the nickname “heroin highway.” Around the year 2000, cocaine supplies began dwindling. To keep customers satisfied, dealers began pawning heroin. Teens living in middle-class and affluent neighborhoods to the west started venturing to the inner city to support their recreation drug use. Having easy access to money and vehicles, young people 16 to 21 fell into heroin use and addiction.
However, finances often soon dwindle, and while Oak Park rarely experiences violent crime, burglaries and thefts from homes and vehicles are not uncommon. Law enforcement officers frequently acknowledge that up to half of crimes committed are drug-fueled. Suspects may be under the influence at the time, or resort to criminal activity to continue an expensive habit.
Teen Brains and Addiction
Research indicates that unlike the adult brain, the developing brains of teens seem to be more affected by the biological and physiological effects that the reward system plays in decision making. According to university studies, the reward center reacts more strongly in younger people, which may interfere with impulse control and hasten the process of becoming addicted to substances compared to adults.
Telltale signs that a teen is abusing substances and headed for trouble include:
- Evidence of drug paraphernalia
- A greater need for money
- Spending less time with family or friends
- Neglecting educational or employment responsibilities
- Adopting a new circle of friends or spending more time alone
- Sleeping for longer periods or going for extended periods of time without sleep
- Mood and personality changes
Help for Teens
More and more facilities offer programs designed especially for teens and young adults. There are also programs available based on gender or preferred faith. These programs are staffed by professional addiction counselors, therapists and medically trained personnel who understand the unique challenges of dealing with young addicts.
Your Rehab Experience Can Be Strictly Confidential
Along with the many struggles that those attending rehab must deal with, being wary of confidentiality is one that many addicts dwell on. It can be embarrassing to deal openly with an addiction, and it is your prerogative to be private about attending a treatment facility. As a solution, if you choose to travel to a treatment center for rehab, there is often less of a need to worry on this matter. For a period of time, you will be able to distance yourself from your place of employment or school and the often prying eyes of those you know.
If you are interested in the solution to travel for your drug or alcohol addiction recovery in order to have a more private experience, let us know. Many alcohol and drug rehab facilities offer arrangements that can help you make your recovery experience more personal and private. We know that this can be a difficult decision to make, and we want to be there for you to offer support during this critical period. You can reach a helpful representative at any time by calling our toll-free number.