Teens and Diet Pill Abuse

Drug Rehabilitation in Greensboro NCAs many of us well know, being a teenager can be one of the most difficult times in your life. Because of peer pressure, teens have a really tough time with self-esteem, finding themselves, and being true to who they are as well as struggles with substance abuse. If your teenage son or daughter needs help with addiction of any kind, know that Legacy can help. We offer affordable outpatient alcohol and drug rehabilitation in Greensboro NC.

In today's world, social media has spawned a whole new outlook on self-esteem and how others perceive us. This means it's even more difficult for teens now. Because they see pretty filters and photoshopped pictures of peers and celebrities, they automatically assume life is beautiful, fun, and exciting. No one posts negative parts of life on Facebook or Instagram. Twitter is full of fun, witty statuses that rarely give us a look into real life.

Unfortunately, because of social media and self-esteem issues, many teenagers are turning to diet pills in order to lose weight or maintain a certain size. Diet pills are dangerous. Because each manufacturer makes a different brand of diet pills, the ingredients vary from formula to formula depending on what the company chooses to use. Some diet pills contain DNP. This is a chemical that was linked to a death of a 21-year-old in 2015. This college student took too many diet pills containing the chemical. It all, DNP has been linked to more than 60 deaths. Unfortunately, after being banned in 1938 in the United States, DNP was able to come back into circulation over the years and can be purchased online. The chemical causes your metabolism to work so quickly that your body overheats uncontrollably. This is considered a DNP overdose. There is no antidote for this type of overdose.

In 2004, a popular weight-loss drug called Hydroxycut was released to the market and was being used regularly by teens and adults. It caused the death of a 19-year-old and caused more than 20 more people to have significant liver damage. The drug was ultimately recalled and banned in 2014. The FDA looked into the matter and found that there was a toxic chemical within the ingredients. Though the FDA recalled and banned Hydroxycut and warned people not to take the diet pills, the company reformulated and put the drug back on the market. Today, you can still buy the reformulated version of Hydroxycut.

Many teens believe that because diet pills are legal they are safe. However, mixing diet pills with caffeine or alcohol can cause even more problems. Caffeine interacts with the ingredients in these pills. Because they are mostly unsanctioned by the FDA, companies do not have to list exactly what's in the ingredients. That means the pills often interact with other medications like pain pills and more.

Often, teens take diet pills when suffering from eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and other mental health issues. These pills essentially make you feel full even when you haven't had anything to eat. They are made up of herbs and chemicals that suppress appetite and increase metabolism. They can also cause your body to break down calories and fat more quickly. Unfortunately, this medication can be addicting. Especially when a teen is struggling with anorexia, bulimia or body dysmorphia. If you fear that your teen is using diet pills and may have an addiction, familiarize yourself with the following serious and sometimes fatal, side effects that can come with using diet pills.

  • Stroke
  • Respiratory failure
  • Overheating
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations
  • Heart failure
  • Headaches
  • Dehydration
  • Addiction

Below, you will find signs and symptoms of diet pill abuse. It's also important to familiarize yourself with these, as they may be able to help you understand whether or not your team is using or abusing diet pills.

  • Paranoia
  • Mood swings
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

If you find out that your teen has been using diet pills, it's important to understand that suddenly stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms, including the following:

  • Weight gain
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

Addiction to diet pills can be treated through therapy programs offered by Legacy Freedom. It's important to get to the root cause of what is leading to your substance abuse. We can help. Contact us now for more information about our adolescent addiction treatment programs.

Age Appropriate Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation in Greensboro NC

If you think your teen is suffering from an addiction, don't lose hope. There are alcohol and drug rehabilitation in Greensboro NC programs that can help, including the following:

  • Educational therapy groups
  • Family advising and education
  • Holistic education
  • Individual therapy
  • Recovery planning for relapse prevention
  • Recreational activities
  • Team building

Drug rehab like Legacy Freedom of Greensboro isn’t like any other type of rehab your teen will experience. We offer the following to those struggling with drug or alcohol use to help them learn what life without drugs and alcohol will be like:

  • Adventure therapy
  • Comprehensive onboarding and evaluation
  • Drug testing
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Individual counseling focused on the individual’s needs
  • Life skills
  • Parental support and assistance

If your young adult aged son or daughter is suffering from an alcohol or drug problem, it's time to get them some help. While it’s easy for them to believe they are alone in this struggle, that is the farthest thing from the truth. There are numerous teens and young adults dealing with addiction, all over the world. Regardless of how bad drug or alcohol use has become, Greensboro rehabilitation is always available. Contact Legacy Freedom of Greensboro if your child needs alternative, personalized therapy. We are here to help them get back on track to a healthier, happier life with the best therapy programs in your area.

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