Banbury Lodge is one of the only facilities in the UK which is registered to treat addictions and eating disorders in 16-18 year olds. We understand how challenging it is for individuals and their families struggling to deal with the consequences of these illnesses, and provide care and support for all patients and their relatives during the treatment process.
Drug addiction can affect teens from all walks of life, no matter what your background or situation.
The most common reason behind teenagers experimenting with drugs is peer pressure, although there are other factors which also play a part. Drugs are often portrayed in the media as cool and fun, with no negative consequences attached to drug use, and because it is shown in this way, those who abstain are considered nerdy or uncool. However, with repeated use comes a myriad of other dangers, and although the initial use might appear harmless, this can lead to full-blown drug addiction.
Every drug is dangerous and potentially life-threatening, and just because a teen appears smart and mature, this does not prevent them from making irresponsible decisions. Drug addictions form rapidly and without warning. This is because drugs work on your brain in subtle ways. That euphoric feeling – the one that washes over you when you’re praised or when your team wins a game – is your brain’s limbic system at work. Natural pleasures are necessary to our survival, so the limbic system drives you to seek out those things that are pleasurable.
Of course, there are other aspects that could result in a young person choosing to try drugs, such as mental illness or trauma. Whatever the cause, it is vital to address and treat the root of the illness, in order to prevent any future relapse.
The term ‘eating disorder’ is used to describe a person’s unhealthy attitude towards food, and is considered a serious mental illness. If left untreated, this illness can consume a person’s life entirely, causing them serious health issues and in some cases, it can be life-threatening.
Eating disorders are often caused by a complex combination of factors, including genetic, biochemical, psychological, cultural and environmental. It is important to understand that this type of disorder is not all about food itself, but about feelings. The way the person interacts with food may make them feel more able to cope, or may make them feel in control.
Some experts believe that the symptoms of anorexia are a kind of symbolic language used by teenagers who don’t know how to, or are afraid to, express powerful emotions directly. For example, making one’s body tiny and thin may substitute for them not feeling ready to grow up, and denying oneself food is often a way of establishing some kind of control. Although men and women of any age can develop eating disorders, they most commonly affect teenagers aged 13 to 18 years old.
Stigma often prevents teenagers from seeking help for addictions and eating disorders, but early intervention offers the best chance for a rapid and sustained recovery from all kinds of eating disorders. At Banbury Lodge, we have a team of therapists with specialist knowledge of addictions and eating disorders in teenagers and how best to treat them. We work on the principle that everyone should be given their own plan of care to ensure that all their needs are met. Addiction and eating disorders are considered a complex mental health issue, and should be treated as such. We aim to treat your mind, body, and spirit so that you can make a full recovery.