It can be a dark day to find out that your teen is struggling with an addiction. If you have recently determined that your son or daughter is struggling with a substance abuse problem, then the first thing that you need to do is to take an inventory of where everything stands.
Moving forward in the right direction regarding this situation is vitally important. If you want to provide the love and support that your teen needs, then you need to approach your teen’s substance abuse problem in a constructive and caring way. Do not fling accusations or play the blame game; these things are not going to remedy the situation.
The first thing that you need to do is essentially to gauge and measure the substance abuse problem. Unless you and your teen have already talked about the problem, this may require more sneaking around than you feel comfortable with. You need to verify that your teen is in fact abusing a substance of some form, and you need to determine how much or how often in order to get a good idea for how serious the problem is. Once you have verified that your son or daughter is in fact dealing with an illicit substance, you can begin to move forward on getting them some real help.
If you are afraid that you will “get caught” when sneaking around your child, then don’t do it. What you can ultimately do is bring in an intervention specialist who can talk to you about the situation and help you determine what is going on in your house without your teenaged child realizing what is going on.
The more information that you are armed with, the better equipped you are going to be to handle this particular problem. You should hit the Internet and research the drug or the substance and everything to do with it as well as the addiction recovery process and what your options are for substance abuse recovery in the area. There are a lot of excellent resources online that can help you to better understand what is going on with your teen. It is vitally essential that you have a complete understanding of what your teenager is going through so that you can help your teen find the help that they need.
Arm yourself with as much information as you can about substance abuse and the right way to get help. When you have a well rounded idea of the situation and what needs to be done, then that is when you can provide love and guidance to your teen. Your teen, during this point in time, is struggling harder than you may imagine.
You need to lend your child a sympathetic ear and make them understand that you are there for them, that you are not angry, and that you are going to get them the help that they need.
If you know there is a problem and you’re not taking steps to remedy it, then you are enabling the addiction for your teen. Enabling the addiction is really only going to make matters significantly worse because your teen will think that he or she can continue with the problem, and they may even go deeper into the substance abuse problem rather than acknowledging they need help.
Adults can have a hard enough time overcoming an addiction or even admitting that they need help. It can be even worse for teenagers because they do not know what is happening to them and they are afraid that they will be in trouble for letting it happen to them in the first place. You need to reassure your teenager that what is happening is not their fault, and that you can provide them with the help they need.
Find out what your options are as far as substance abuse recovery goes in your immediate area. Looking for a local rehab center is going to be the best course of action since your teen is going to need family support. There are a lot of different types of rehab depending on the substance your teen is addicted to and how addicted they actually are. Inpatient, outpatient and residential, long-term and short-term options are all going to provide you with a different solution. It is going to be imperative that you understand what options are available for you and your family so that you can get your teen some much needed help and assistance in the recovery process.
This is the point when you need to step in and tell your teenager what’s going on. You need to find a gentle way to show your teen that you are aware of the substance abuse problem and that you can provide him or her with help. If you are afraid to approach the subject all on your own, then it can benefit you to bring an intervention specialist into the mix.
Someone who is well versed in substance abuse problems can be a valuable asset when it comes to coaxing your teenager into getting some professional assistance. Help from an intervention specialist can really go a long way in helping your teen realize that getting help is the best course of action.
Make sure that you are only providing your child with support and love during this time. Put away any anger or frustration that you are feeling and focus on positive feelings and moving away from this drug addiction. Your child will be thankful that you were supportive and loving in a situation where other types of feelings are more common.