Substance Use

Dealing with Substance Use  

Substance use in adolescence is a complex and widely misunderstood challenge for teens. The underlying dynamics that drive teen substance use span across social, neurological, familial, and developmental factors. Having a treatment approach that addresses all of these factors is the most effective path to sustainable recovery and healing.

Addressing “Compulsive Comfort-Seeking”

At Family First, adolescent substance use is viewed both neurobiologically as well as developmentally. Understanding the impact of substances on brain and nervous system regulation in the context of very complex factors gives a lot of information about what is driving the compulsive nature of their use. “Compulsive comfort-seeking,” as this dynamic is often referred, speaks to a problem or difficulty in a person’s ability to regulate their emotions and internal states. This difficulty has its origins in neurobiological patterns of shame, guilt, self-rejection, self-criticism, etc., that are impeding cognitive, emotional, and relational development. Until these patterns are addressed, the hope for long term recovery is very small.

By the Numbers


Drug use among 8th graders increased 61% between 2016 and 2020


By 12th grade, 62% of teenagers have abused alcohol


of teenagers have misused a drug at least once

Seeking Treatment For Your Son

We recognize that there are a lot of feelings, factors, and emotions that go into the process of selecting a quality program for your son. We offer a safe, supportive, caring, and nurturing environment staffed by dedicated professionals who are committed to helping your son and your family get on a sustainable path towards healing. We encourage you to speak with one of our trained professionals who can assist you in making the next right move for your son.

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