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Therapy for Teen Substance Abuse or Alcohol Use in Katy Texas & The Houston Area

  • Never did you think your teen would abuse drugs or use alcohol. Yet, the friends they are hanging out with are known to abuse drugs or use alcohol.


  • When you talk to your teen, they assure you that you are just over reacting and that these friends accept them just as they are.

  • You're teen came home smelling like alcohol. When you confront your teen they become angry and argumentative. They tell you that all their friends parents know they drink and it's not a big deal.

  • Your teen came home smelling like marijuana. Their grades are dropping and you're scared and fearful that they are abusing other drugs as well.


  • They tell you they don't "have a problem". Yet, along with their grades dropping, their personality is changing as well and the teen you used to know is a different person today.

  • You've tried everything to help your teen understand how drug abuse and alcohol use can ruin their lives. They continue to abuse drugs and alcohol and you're angry, hurt, and scared for your teen as they don't seem to have any motivation to quit.

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Early Warning Signs of Teen Substance Abuse

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One of the most difficult things a parent can face is in parenting teens is having a teen who abuse drugs or other substances.


It is frightening to think of our teen having a problem with drugs or alcohol as you know where that road leads. The promise and potential that your teen has is now places at great jeopardy and they are seemingly unaware of the danger right around the corner.


Unless you catch your teen red-handed abusing drugs or alcohol, it can be difficult to know if they are abusing drugs or alcohol. Teens who use will go to great lengths to keep the substance abuse or use a secret. They do not want their parents knowing as they know the consequences that will come which may interfere with their drug or alcohol use.

Is It Just a Normal Teenage Phase or Something More Serious: Teen Substance Abuse or Use


Mood swings are normal in teenagers so it can be difficult to tell if the mood swings are just teen hormones or something more serious.


If you believe that your teen may be abusing drugs or using alcohol, the best time to intervene is at the start. The further the substance abuse or use goes on, the more challenging it is to help the teen to stop.


Below are some of the early warning signs for substance abuse or use from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation:

  • Losing interest in activities they once enjoyed

  • Symptoms of teen depression

  • Dropping old friends for a new group

  • Acting despondent, aggressive or angry

  • Symptoms of teen anxiety

  • Sleeping more than usual

  • Breaking rules

  • Experiencing a traumatic event and experiencing symptoms of teen trauma or teen PTSD

  • Exhibiting physical changes like sudden weight loss, frequent nosebleeds, bloody or watery eyes, or shakes and tremors​

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation offers some behavioral warning signs that the drug abuse and alcohol use has progressed:

  • Avoiding eye contact

  • Ignoring or breaking curfew

  • Acting irresponsibly

  • Frequently asking for money

  • Stealing

  • Locking bedroom doors

  • Making secretive calls

  • Isolating from others/damaging relationships with family or friends

  • Symptoms of teen depression

  • Making excuses (or outright lying)

  • Withdrawing from classroom participation/slipping in grades

  • Symptoms of teen anxiety

  • Resisting discipline or feedback

  • Missing school or work

  • Losing interest in hobbies or activities

  • Abandoning long-time friends


Physical indicators of possible substance use or abuse include:


  • Poor hygiene/change in appearance

  • Glazed or bloodshot eyes

  • Frequent runny nose or nosebleeds

  • Paranoia, irritability, teen anxiety, fidgeting

  • Changes in mood or attitude; teen depression

  • Difficulty staying on task/staying focused

  • Small track marks on arms or legs (wears long sleeves even in warm weather)

  • Pupils larger or smaller than usual

  • Cold, sweaty palms or shaking hands

  • Sores on mouth

  • Headaches

  • Puffy, swollen face

  • Extremely tired or extremely hyperactive

  • Rapid weight gain or loss​


If your teen is struggling with teen substance abuse, teen therapy can help. Teen counseling and family therapy combined can help your teen through the struggles of teen substance abuse and the family can see what they can do to further help the teen who is abusing drugs or abusing alcohol.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Teen Substance Abuse or Use


When a teen is trying to hide drug use or substance abuse from their parents, a great deal of dishonesty and manipulation is involved. This tends to clash with their sense of right and wrong and sooner or later their behavior will tell the story.


If you have suspicions that your teen may be abusing drugs or other substances, "actions speak louder than words". Look at how your teen BEHAVES and not what they SAY.

Often, teen depression or teen anxiety can drive teen drug abuse or alcohol abuse. If they hadn't experienced teen depression or teen anxiety prior to teen substance abuse, teen depression or teen anxiety may develop as a natural course of dishonest and manipulative behavior. Watching for certain behavioral traits can help differentiate between a moody teen and a teen who is struggling with teen substance abuse. 

Ralph Waldo Emmerson once said: “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say ”. Teen Substance Abuse or use brings about a noticeable change in behavior and personality. Trust your parental radar and 90% of the time it will steer you right.


You Are Not Alone in The Insidious Battle: Teen Substance Abuse or Use


We know how scary it is for parents who have a teen who is abusing drug or other substances. Alcohol use among teens has become normalized in society. Alcoholism has a large genetic component. That is why some teens can drink and leave it alone while other teens start to drink and it becomes something they can't live without.


Drug abuse has also become normalized in our society. The popular artist in music and tv openly talk about their marijuana use and states are now making it legal to use marijuana. Despite what anyone may say (including your teen if they are using marijuana), alcohol and marijuana are absolutely a gateway drug into heavier drug use.


It is rare to hear from someone who is in treatment for teen substance abuse or use who says that they started with cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine. Ninety-nine percent of the time they report they started with alcohol and/or marijuana.


You don't need to fight this battle alone. Our therapists specialize in treating teen substance abuse or use. We can help your teen and your family overcome the devastating effects that teen substance abuse or use create.


Substance Abuse Counseling Can Help Recover Your Teen's Future & Family Happiness

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We all know the devastating impact drug abuse or use can have on a person's life. We also know that the teen brain and body are still developing. Drug abuse or use can have permanent, long term consequences on the teen's developing brain and body.


As parents of a teen who is abusing or using substances, our heart aches for the choices our teen is making. We try time after time to help them understand what they are doing to their brain, their body, their relationships with their family, and more.


No matter what we say or what we do, it doesn't seem to get through. It's like something has taken a hold of our teen and they cannot break free from that hold. We see our once happy child now with symptoms of teen depression or teen anxiety which the teen substance abuse has created or made worse. We worry for them endlessly and do everything we can to help them break free from the grips of teen substance abuse. 


We worry about our teen at work. We worry about our teen at church. When we're out with friends our teen is on our minds. There are times where we may cry ourselves to sleep when we can actually sleep. The worry keeps us up at night.

There is Hope! Let Our Substance Abuse Counselors Help Your Teen & Family 

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There is hope! At Katy Teen & Family Counseling, our therapists specialize in treating teen substance abuse or use and alcohol use. We use those interventions specifically for treating substance abuse or use, that have been shown to be effective.

We understand the pain and heartache that parents go through. We know how difficult it is for the teen. We will work with your teen and family to help you replace the pain, heartache, and difficulty with hope, happiness, and connected family relationships.

We also specialize in treating the underlying struggles that often bring about the teen substance abuse. Things like teen trauma, teen PTSD, ADHD/ADD, teen depression, teen anxiety, underlie the teen substance abuse.


Gifted teens and talented teen athletes are under a lot of external and internal pressure. Teen substance abuse can emerge as a result. We help gifted teens and talented teen athletes manage the pressure and the stress so that we can prevent escape behavior like teen substance abuse. 

We have helped others to succeed in overcoming substance abuse or use and the underling struggles that sometimes influence the start of teen substance abuse. We have helped heal family relationships. It takes hard work and patience and we will be with you every step of the way. 


The Katy Teen & Family Counseling Approach to Substance Abuse Counseling


Often, teens enter therapy with zero motivation to quite abusing drugs or alcohol. Motivational Interviewing (MI) & the Stages of Change (SOC) helps teens build motivation to quit.


Once the teen sees that substance abuse or use is a problem, we can start to help them resolve issues that underlie and drive much of the substance abuse or use.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps teens identify core beliefs and faulty thinking in their substance abuse or use. We begin to address those core beliefs and the faulty thinking to help them overcome substance abuse.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is one of the top counseling approaches for teen trauma. It helps vets coming back from war who have seen terrible things overcome the PTSD that resulted from active combat. 

It's not uncommon for a teen who has been struggling with substance abuse or use to have experienced teen trauma at some point in their lives. It may be a big event that occurred in their lives or smaller events. Separation of parents is a common trauma that EMDR can help teens through. Bullying is another common trauma that teens experience that can lead to substance abuse or use. 

Teen trauma or teen PTSD also carry with it teen depression or teen anxiety. As part of our teen substance abuse counseling, we address and resolve these struggles through EMDR so that the teen will not want to engage in escaping from the feelings through teen drug abuse or teen alcohol abuse.


Neurofeedback has been shown to be very effective in helping teens who struggle with substance abuse or use. Neurofeedback is not talk therapy and uses sophisticated software to map the brain's performance. We compare that brain map to a brain map of other teens of the same gender who do not use or abuse substances.


We then create a brain training program designed to help the brain shift from a brain wired for substance abuse to a brain wired for being drug or alcohol free.


Teen substance abuse counseling is one of the most rewarding things we can do as therapists. We have helped teens overcome their substance abuse or use who go on to have bright and successful futures. There is no greater joy than knowing that we as Substance Abuse Counselors were able to help a teen and their family chart a different course.


What is Holding You Back From Beginning Teen Substance Abuse Counseling?

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It's not an easy decision to choose to seek out a substance abuse therapist who can help provide substance abuse counseling for your teen. There are legitimate hurdles that teens, parents, and families sometimes need to navigate. 

Below are some of the more common obstacles that teens, parents, and families face when making a decision to start teen substance abuse counseling: 

Obstacle #1: Available Time


In today's world, time is a precious commodity. we have both parents in the work force. Our kids attend some of the most competitive schools. Extra curricular activities eating up much of our time. One of the main reasons teens and parents delay starting substance abuse counseling for teen substance abuse it not having enough time.


When this is the reason, we often find that teens who abuse drugs or alcohol go on to increase their drug abuse or alcohol use. Relationships become more strained. Grades remain low. Teen depression, teen anxiety, teen panic attacks, or other emotional behavioral struggles enter the picture. It is at this time, when things have become intolerable, that teens and families seek out a teen substance abuse counselor. 


Don't wait. Call today. Teen drug abuse and use is progressive and will get worse without intervention. You don't need to wait until your teen 'hits rock bottom'.  Let today be their rock bottom. You can prevent many of the more severe consequences by starting now.


We have flexible scheduled for the families in the Katy and Houston area. We will work with you to find a time that works for your teen and family.

We are conveniently located in Katy just off of I-10 and 99 by Academy Sports. The drive is only a few minutes whether you live in Katy or the Houston area.


Obstacle #2: Stigma Around Substance Abuse Counseling


The stigma around teen counseling and family therapy has decreased over the past few decades. Yet, some stigma still remains.


Teen drug abuse or alcohol use has a large genetic component. Just like diabetes or high blood pressure, those who have a genetic predisposition are more vulnerable to developing these health struggles. We don't think twice about seeing a doctor for these other health struggles.


What are the reasons we may struggle to pick up the phone and call a Substance Abuse Counselor? The answer to that question in itself provides therapeutic information.


At Katy Teen & Family Counseling, PLLC, we maintain strict confidentiality. When your teen starts substance abuse counseling for teen substance abuse or use, we do not share this information with anyone.


We do not take insurance which means we do not need to add a psychiatric diagnosis(ses) to your teen's medical record. Because we don't take insurance, we don't contact your insurance provider and provide information related to your teen's substance abuse counseling or family therapy. 


This is one of the benefits of not using insurance when it comes to teen therapy and family counseling.


Obstacle #3: Financial Commitment

There is a financial commitment on the part of the parents in helping the teen to overcome drug abuse or alcohol abuse. Therapy is not a quick fix and depends on a number of factors including:


  • The teen's motivation to participate in teen substance abuse counseling

  • The severity and duration of the teen's drug abuse or alcohol abuse

  • The families willingness to look at themselves through a clinical lens and change along with the teen

It is important that if you are going to invest in your teen's future by taking them to see a Substance Abuse Counselor, that you find Substance Abuse Counselors who specialize in working with teens. It takes a unique skill set to provide teen therapy and family counseling with teens.


A generalist therapist may not have those unique skills. A therapist who has chosen to dedicate their career to providing teen counseling and family therapy with teens will be your best bet if you are choosing to invest in your teen's future through teen substance abuse counseling.


Choosing today to invest in your teen's future will be one of the most important investments you will make. Teen substance abuse, when left untreated, often goes on to become adult substance abuse.


Acting today can help change the course of your teen's future for the best. They will thank you for the life altering decision you made at the time they needed it!

Katy Teen & Family Counseling Can Help You Remove the Obstacles That Stand in Your Way


Time, stigma, and financial concerns combine to dissuade teens and parents from starting teen substance abuse counseling. Family therapy plays a vital role in teens recovering from drug abuse and alcohol use. Choosing to invest in teen substance abuse counseling and family therapy will be one of the best investments you could make for your teen.


If you are struggling with deciding whether to start teen therapy for teen substance abuse, give us a call and talk with us about some of the hesitancy to begin. We can answer any of your questions. We value honesty, transparency, and customer service and practice those values at Katy Teen & Family Counseling, PLLC.

Begin Counseling for Teen Substance Abuse Counseling Today: Katy, Tx & Houston



You don't have to continue with the sleepless nights waiting up for your teen to come home after a party. The heartache and hurt can end. Substance abuse counseling for teen drug abuse or alcohol abuse can help.


There are specialists who have expertise in substance abuse counseling for teens waiting to help your teen recover hope, happiness, and connected family relationships.

Katy Teen & Family Counseling, PLLC is conveniently located just off of I-10 and 99. It is very easy to get to for those who live in Katy. And, for those in Houston and the surrounding area, it's only minutes away.


Our caring therapists who specialize in teen substance abuse counseling and family therapy are here for you. To start your counseling substance abuse counseling and recovery journey, follow these simple steps:​


  1. Contact Katy Teen & Family Counseling today

  2. Meet with our experts in teen counseling who specialize in working with teens

  3. Start your journey toward recovering your happiness and hope for the future. You will be glad you did and that you didn't wait any longer.

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At Katy Teen & Family Counselingwe specialize in teen substance abuse counseling treating teens who abuse drugs or abuse alcohol.  We also specialize in other emotional and behavioral life struggles and provide the following approaches such as:

Don't wait to invest in your teens future. Our roots at Katy Teen & Family Counseling, PLLC reach back as far as 2003. Jason Drake, LCSW-S, BCN, EMDR Trained, has been providing teen counseling, therapy for young adults, and family therapy since 2003. He is a specialist in family counseling, young adult counseling, and teen therapy including teen substance abuse counseling. He hires those therapists who also specialize in working with teens, young adults, and families. 

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