Raising a teenager can be one of the hardest challenges a parent faces in their life time. Their once sweet innocent child is growing up and wanting to experience things that only adults should. Each time your teen leaves the house alone or with a group of friends you worry because you think of the foolish choices you made as a young teen or those that your teen friends made and hope that your child does not do the same.
Adolescents face peer pressure on a daily basis, whether it be regarding sex, drugs or alcohol. As parents we hope that our children will make the right choice and just say no. The truth is that peer pressure can be overwhelming for a young teen and often results in experimentation in sex, drugs and alcohol. In some cases teens become addicted to the effects of alcohol and drugs, hiding this from their parents until they are so out of control there is no way of hiding it any longer.
Addiction is a disease
Some are predisposed to alcoholism or drug addiction, others develop it after regular substance abuse. Addiction is classified as a treatable disease; a compulsion to use drugs and/or alcohol regardless of the negative consequences it has on ones life or the lives of those around them.
So if your teen comes to you or you find out they have a drug and/or alcohol addiction remember it is a treatable disease. It happened and now is the time to seek treatment to begin the recovery process.
My adolescent is addicted to drugs, what do I do?
If you find out that your adolescent has been abusing drugs and/or alcohol bring them to a Adolescent Drug Rehab Center. There they will go through an assessment process with the the rehab counselors. These counselors will be able to determine the severity of your son or daughters addiction and find the most appropriate treatment plan to get them sober.
Most adolescents will resist help until they realize that they have a problem, whether this happens before or after entering into the rehab program. They will receive 24-7 support while working through their addiction. The Doctors and staff are highly trained to work with adolescents who have developed an addiction. Regardless of how grown up your teen thinks they are, the staff at the rehab center know they are not and treat them with the compassion the way a child with a disease should be.
They will go through counseling programs throughout their rehab stay to help them understand their addiction as well as learn key tools in remaining sober in the ‘real world’. Their body will be cleansed of all toxins and chemicals during the medical detox. This is a scary experience for anyone let alone a teen, so a non-addictive prescription medication will be provided to them to ease any symptoms of withdrawal and drug or alcohol cravings.
When your adolescent is ready to be discharged from the rehab center you will be their biggest support with continuing their recovery in the ‘real world’. They will be faced by daily peer pressures and stress that once lead them to abuse drugs and/or alcohol so having an open relationship with them, to be able to come to you with anything, is extremely important. Addiction will not go away, it is important to help your teen maintain their sobriety throughout their life time.