Adolescent Chemical Dependency Programs 2018-04-13T14:43:14+00:00

Addiction is a serious illness. The earlier treatment is sought, the better the chances are of recovery.

Staying calm under pressure in taking the first steps is what Dr. Frances provides to your family. 


“We called Dr. Frances when our son was 17. We thought maybe we had waited too long and now success for him was unreachable. Dr. Frances said not to give up and within a few months of being in the best treatment facility we started seeing the son we know reappear again. Dr. Frances helped us not to give up hope.

Her knowledge of what was best for our son was very important in our decision. She helped us and him achieve everything we had asked for when we contacted her.” ~ Diane and Darryl Battig, Tacoma, Washington

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Adolescent Chemical Dependency Progression  

What happens to teens when their drug use becomes progressively more frequent and addictive?


Stage I

    • Excitement about not getting caught, adult identification
    • Occasional to infrequent use
    • Shows curiosity about chemical effects
    • Uses in social setting or alone


Stage II

    • Controlled use, avoids getting wasted or drunk
    • Party weekend use
    • Uses to socialize, not to have fun


Stage III

        • Changes peer group, new friends
        • Change in interests — Partying more important than family, health, school, sports, work, etc.
        • Consequences from abuse — Home, legal issues, loss of friends, loss of job, school explosion / suspicion, etc.
        • Experiences memory loss from use
        • Increasing tolerance — Quantity and frequency up!
        • Increased problems in school — Flunking classes, truancy, poor school attendance
        • Mood changes from abuse — Anger issues, depression, fatigue, isolation
        • Parents become suspicious of abuse
        • Monday “blues”


Stage IV

      • Apathy — “I don’t care” attitude
      • Blackouts — Increased memory loss
      • Demonstrates lying patterns; value system changes
      • Defensiveness concerning use
      • Denies feelings
      • Family conflicts; excessive arguing
      • Increased use — Weekdays and weekends
      • Loss of certain friends and relationships
      • Loss of interest in school, family and formerly enjoyed activities
      • Money problems / missing money from family
      • Rationalizes behavior to hide drug use
      • Sleeping problems
      • School suspensions, expulsion or drops out
      • Poor nutrition, preoccupation with chemicals



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Close Up Of Teenage Group Drinking Alcohol Together