As a parent, it can be difficult wondering if you did something wrong as you raised your teenage son that led to his drug behavior. However, right now, this isn't something that you need to worry about. Instead, you need to focus on his recovery and helping him transition from that self-destructive behavior to a much more fulfilling future. It isn't a journey that your teenager needs to face alone, and here are a few tips that will help the process be a successful one:
Tip #1: Locate a Drug Rehab That's Focused on Teens.
When you begin performing research for drug treatment programs, try to find a rehabilitation center that is solely dedicated to teenagers. There will adult centers that offer programs for teens, but they will not focus on the specific concerns of youths. Teenagers need more supervision, structure, character building, etc. There are certain issues that will come to light, such as peer pressure, that won't be of importance to adults.
Tip #2: Try to Find a Male-Only Facility.
Teenagers are often very sensitive to the opinions of the opposite sex, and it is important that your son is at the rehab to focus on getting sober rather than flirting. With a boys-only facility, there are minimal distractions, which means there is a greater chance of recovery success.
Tip #3: Encourage Your Teen to Actively Participate in Activities.
Your teen won't just be stuck in his room day in and day out. Drug rehab does have certain activities, depending on the teen's progress. However, because your teen has likely isolated himself since becoming addicted to drugs, he will likely need a lot of encouragement to participate in these activities. These activities are an important part of the recovery process, so it is vital that he participates in them. They can include anything from individual and group counseling to art therapy.
Tip #4: Make Sure YOU Participate in the Recovery Process.
This is probably one of the most important steps listed here. Your teenager needs to know that his family fully supports him and family participation in his drug treatment will show him that. Not only will you participate while your teen is in rehab, but you will be a large part of his recovery once he is out of rehab. Your son will be emotional, and he will need comfort and reassurance to stay strong and to re-build his self-esteem. He may need to sacrifice friendships and build an entirely new identity – it may be easier to start over fresh at a new school, despite how hard that may be. It is ultimately a family decision, though.
If your teen has developed a drug problem, get him the help he needs sooner rather than later so that he can get back to the young boy that you know and love.Share