Children should be sent to drug rehab programs as early as possible

By Staff Writer

Parents who notice that their children have a problem with alcohol may benefit from quickly getting them into drug rehab programs. A new study from Spanish researchers has found that poor lifestyle habits often present themselves early and worsen over time.

After studying more than 2,000 young people, researchers from the University of Basque Country found that parents and care providers should pay particular attention to 16-year-olds. This age seems to represent a “point of no return” at which adolescents either adopt a healthy lifestyle or begin engaging in destructive activities, like drinking alcohol or using drugs.

Furthermore, the researchers found that once adolescents choose to go in one direction, it can be extremely difficult to get them to reverse their tract. Lifestyle habits adopted after age 16 generally only intensify and become harder to break.

Researchers said that parents who begin to notice signs of drug abuse or other negative lifestyle habits should seek help immediately. This may include sending their children to drug rehab programs.