Thank you for your reply.
Your daughter may have used drugs due to peer pressure OR emotional problems.
In any case, she may benefit from seeing a psychotherapist WEEKLY for 3 months or longer. A combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy are considered to be effective to treat addiction and adolescent depression and anxiety
. Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) may work for her condition.
You may ask her pediatrician for a psychologist/psychotherapist specializing in adolescent and drug use that she can work with weekly. Or you may call your insurance company and get a list of providers (licensed child psychologists or psychotherapists) in your area.
Or, you can search a licensed psychologist on internet- such as the PSYCHOLOGY TODAY website. Go to (http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/ppc/prof_search.php?iorb=4764) and enter your zip code and optional category of specialty such as child/adoelscent and addiction. Read psychotherapists’ profile to see if he or she specializes in Cognitive-behavior therapy and adolescent. You may also want to create your mental image of psychotherapist that she wants to work with – Male or female? Old or young? To note, many therapists offer initial consultation for free. So you can see it as an informational meeting. You can ask any question and negotiate psychotherapy fee.
If she needs a low fee counseling, you may call The United Way toll free # 211 (Dial 2-1-1)to find the community mental health centers in your area in which she can get counseling even without health insurance.
The book "Stay Close: A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction by
Cataldi" may give you some insight into how to help your child recover from drug use.
Also, a heart-healthy diet like Omega 3 fatty acid may improve her brain functioning and mood. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose low-fat protein sources, such as fish, lean meat and skinless poultry. Hydrate herself during daytime.
Physical activity increases blood flow to her whole body, including your brain. This may help improve her mood.
Other recommendations for your daughter are:
Sleep in complete darkness and try to be out in bright light during the day.
Plan and try to have pleasurable activities with family.
Choose to listen to sounds that have positive effects on her mood.
Set limits on the amount of time she spends on the internet, TV and video games to avoid information overload.
I hope your daughter gets well with all available help.
Please let me know if you have more questions or I have overlooked any. Warm regards,