Monday, February 26, 2024

How to aid your teenager through a drug detox


There’s no doubt that as our children get older, they become more aware of drugs and access to them gets larger.

Drug abuse is frequently on television across TV and film and referenced in movies, and it’s only natural many teenagers are going to want to experiment. In fact, around 38% of 15-year-olds have taken drugs according to an NHS report, while over 11,000 teenagers seek support for substance abuse each year.

Discovering your teenager is abusing substances can be heartbreaking, as well as evoking all manner of emotions from guilt to shame, anger to empathy. Ultimately, they need help, and to do that and get them through a drug detox, you need to take a careful approach. 

Educate yourself 

That all begins with educating yourself about the situation. It’s an important first step that allows you to understand what they’re going through as well as the process of detoxification. You’ll get a good understanding of the withdrawal symptoms, side effects, and what lies ahead following the detox, such as treatment plans and recovery routines. 

Create a supportive environment 

While discovering your teenager has a problem with drugs can cause anger, it’s important to be supportive throughout the entire process in order for them to enter recovery.

The whole process should take place in a supportive environment, removing any triggers from the home or anything that could cause temptation, while ensuring they are as comfortable as possible not only physically but also in how they communicate their feelings and seek help when needed.  

Encourage open communication 

Being comfortable in communication should be the case at all stages of your teenager’s battle with addiction, detox and recovery. They need to be aware that you’re there to help, but importantly you are there to listen too.

One of the key elements here is removing any sense of judgement and providing reassurance that they can not only openly discuss their struggles and fears, but also they aren’t alone on their journey.

Seek professional help 

Naturally, you should also seek out professional help alongside your own emotional support. Consult with healthcare professionals and rehab centres to get expert guidance on the steps needed to get your teenager the help they need.  

Encourage healthy habits 

As part of detox and treatment, as well as moving forward, a healthy and balanced lifestyle is crucial. 

You can play a big part in that by encouraging healthy habits such as nutritious meals, staying hydrated and regularly exercising.

Practises such as meditation and yoga can be really good for stress relief and cravings reduction and promote overall wellbeing during recovery. 

Be prepared for the challenges 

There will undoubtedly be setbacks and challenges along the detoxing and treatment process. In fact, there will be in recovery too. Consult with professionals to find out what the main challenges may be and make a plan on how to best deal with those.

It’s important that in the face of every challenge as a parent you remain patient, empathetic and supportive, reminding them of their goals and the reasons why it’s important to tackle this issue in the first place.

Help build a support network

Finally, it isn’t just you that is going to need to help them, it requires an entire support network that can encourage and keep your teenager on track.

Encourage your teenager to surround themselves with networks of friends and family, as well as participating in the likes of support groups.

Support groups can be a great way to find support, advice, and invaluable encouragement that can really boost the effectiveness of detox, treatment and recovery. 

This is a guest blog entry.

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

Trending Alternative Treatments You Should Know About in 2024

Whether you are a medical professional or are just interested in healthcare, there are a number of alternative treatments that you should be aware of this year and beyond. These could help you combat any health issues you are experiencing when traditional options do not cut it, and can ensure that there is always another treatment left to try. Alternative treatments go through phases of popularity, and here are some options trending in 2024. 

1. Meditation 

Meditation and mindfulness have increased in popularity since the pandemic. Meditation can help those with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, as well as those who are experiencing temporary periods of stress and emotional strain. Not only this, but meditation can calm the mind, help people to make important decisions, and can lower your heart rate. You might also find that it can lower your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. It is simple to take up meditation, and you can do this alone with a guidebook or an app, or you can attend a meditation group where you can be with others who have a similar mindset to you. You do not even have to give up a lot of time for meditation since it can have its desired effect within minutes. This means that meditation can soon become a part of your daily routine and that you can try it out around your working life or familial commitments. 

2. Medical Cannabis

If you are looking for an emerging alternatice treatment, medical cannabis could be the answer. Although medical cannabis needs to be looked into further by experts, it might help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety, as well as physical health issues such as chronic pain. Medical cannabis is legal in the UK and in the majority of states in the USA, although you might have to travel to find a suitable clinic for you. If you have decided to search for medical cannabis UK, you should first speak to the clinic in question about patient eligibility and any side effects of the treatment, as medical cannabis is not an appropriate option for everybody. Even if you are a suitable candidate, this does not mean that you will feel the positive effects, and you might have to pair this treatment with traditional options to reap the rewards. 

3. IV Hydration

IV hydration is often a great option for those who have lost a lot of fluids through vomiting or digestive issues. This IV treatment will put fluids and nutrients straight into a person’s body and can have a much quicker effect than trying to achieve this by drinking liquids. You might also find that IV therapy is an excellent choice if you want to boost your immune system or detox your body. This treatment does not always have to be recommended by a doctor and plenty of independent clinics offer this service for minor maladies or as a preventative measure that can boost health and wellbeing. 

4. Non-Hormonal Menopause Treatments

Muse can be miserable and can leave you with hair loss, dry skin, and mood swings, as well as hot flashes. To prevent the menopause from taking over, many patients have gone onto HRT, Hormone Replacement Therapy. However, HRT can have negative effects and can increase your risk of getting some types of cancer. For some people, this risk or the side effects might prevent them going onto HRT and instead look into alternatives, which can include specific vitamins and herbal remedies. Some people have found that lifestyle changes, such as exercise, change of diet and stress management can improve the symptoms of the menopause. In order to maintain clear mental health, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been found effective – it provides people with the space to discuss any problems they are having, and provides the tools they need to get by. These alternative treatments might be able to reduce the severity of symptoms and ensure that menopause do not bring on mental health issues or leave you unable to do the activities that you usually enjoy. 

You might be wary of alternative treatments because many of them need more research, and you should always weigh each treatment's pros and cons before investing in it. However, alternative treatments can provide you with a different way of looking after your health. This means that you should not write off alternative treatments straight away, but always speak to your doctor before trying alternative treatments or therapies, especially if you are already taking some medications. 

This is a guest blog entry.