Why We Need Drug Detox for Minors

Submission Date: February 3, 2015
Attributing Author: Tessie Castillo
Source: The Huffington Post

Numerous obstacles prevent even a motivated person from getting into a drug treatment facility, including lack of space, financial difficulties, and health or legal concerns.

In some parts of the country the only quick path to treatment is to declare oneself suicidal. But as discouraging as the landscape for adult treatment may be, the situation is more dire for minors. In many states, no options exist at all.

Trinlie Yeaman of Asheville, North Carolina, found herself in an waking nightmare as she searched for treatment facilities for her 17-year-old daughter, Zoe. Zoe was a bright, artistic girl who graduated high school with high honors, but she also suffered from depression and anxiety, a family trait. At 16, Zoe had a boyfriend whose father was fighting cancer and frequently shared his pain pills with his teenage son, who in turn shared them with Zoe. Pill popping escalated to injecting crushed pills and then to injecting heroin. Her mother discovered Zoe’s drug use when she noticed track marks in her arms. She immediately tried to put Zoe in drug treatment, but was told time and time again that no treatment program would accept a heroin user without first being detoxed — and no affordable detox facility would accept a minor.

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