Addiction: it’s a word we don’t typically associate with the young, but Justin White of New Dawn Treatment Centers in Citrus Heights says we should.
“Young people start dabbling in opiates usually, pills first, around 13 or 14 is the age,” White said.
It’s the age “Glee” star Cory Monteith says he began using. White says when drug abuse starts that young, addiction can swiftly follow.
“If they start that young, they can be fully addicted by 15 or 16, where they have to use every day or they will feel the physical symptoms,” White said.
The addiction is particularly harsh and hard to break when dealing with opiates like Oxycontin – and since the oxy formula change, heroin.
And with brains still developing, once you’re a young addict, the problem can be tougher to kick – almost shockingly impossible.
“Most young adults will relapse 10 times before they finally prolong sobriety,” White said.
Which fits Monteith’s pattern. Just a few months ago, he checked back into rehab for substance abuse.
“We see relapse, after relapse, after relapse and it`s just a recurring pattern with young adults,” White said.
Forget mom, dad, anyone else. The pattern typically can’t be broken by anything other than their own free will.
“At the end of the day, young adults are going to do what they want to do, regardless of what myself, parents or counselors tell them. They have to figure things out on their own and make mistakes on their own before they wake up and realize, ‘OK, I’m really not doing well in my life.”