It is devastating for parents to watch their teens slip away before their very eyes. We want what’s best for our children, but sometimes they fall prey to drug addiction. How can we help without doing further harm?
The first step for any parent struggling with this nightmare is to accept it and let go of the guilt. You will be powerless to help your child if you refuse to admit the problem, or place all the blame upon yourself. Neither emotion is constructive, and the problem will merely continue as the family becomes consumed.
This world is tough on teens. Expectations are high, prospects seem low and self-esteem suffers. Bullying is more vicious and pervasive than at any other time in history, due to the Internet and social media. At first, teens may try to withdraw, only to find that it’s almost impossible in a modern world. They may rebel or become bullies themselves, in an effort to push back against what they’ve suffered.
Sometimes drugs feel like the answer. Drugs feel like the perfect escape. Understanding the problems that lead to the addiction is essential to helping end it. However, by definition, an addition rewires neural pathways. So, merely reinforcing your love for your child may not be enough if an addiction has taken hold of their physiology. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 9.4% of the U.S. population over the age of 12 requires treatment for addiction.
Every drug addiction is different, just as every family is different. One teen may respond well to talk therapy, while another may require residential drug abuse treatment options involving detox and weaning.
Choosing the appropriate drug abuse treatment options for your teen can seem overwhelming. There are so many choices, and so many professionals you will be interacting with along the way. You may have to deal with the family doctor, social workers, treatment specialists, psychiatrists and psychologists and possibly law enforcement officials. Having a single point of contact to assist you in making sense of it all and helping direct you to the appropriate treatment resources for your particular child can take a lot of the worry out of the process.
It’s time to take control over the addiction, and put your family back together. ParentResources.info will help you navigate the rocky road to your teen’s recovery, and support you along the way. We know how difficult this step is, and we will be there at every step to make it as painless as possible for the while family. Contact us, 24/7, to arrange a free consultation.