Addiction is a tough thing that unfortunately a lot of teenagers in today’s world face. I have the unique experience of working at a residential treatment center and get to see this first hand on a daily basis. It is sad to see how troubled some teens are because of the messes they have gotten into. However, it is important to always keep in mind that these addictions can be overcome. Although it might take many painful years, your teen can overcome a drug or alcohol addiction. As a parent you might be at a loss as to how to best help your teen with their struggles. There is already typically a disconnect between parents and their kids during the teenage years anyways not to mention now adding an addiction on top of it.
First of all it is important not to minimize the issue hoping that by so doing it will go away on its own. Address the issue openly with your child. It is important to show them that you still love and care for them as a person, you just don’t agree with their particular actions. Someone going through an addiction needs love and support from those around them if they are going to succeed in recovery. They need people they can trust and count on to be there and help give them motivation when they are struggling most and want to give up. You also want to try and eliminate the child’s future use. If you have drugs or alcohol in the house, you might want to think about getting rid of it so it won’t be a temptation for your child or they don’t get the impression that it is wrong for them to use it yet you as their parent do.
More often than not, professional help is needed. There is a wide range of professional help out there. On a more basic level there are local addiction recovery groups sponsored by the city or local churches. For a child that might have a lot of determination and will power to do a lot of the recovery on their own, this might be a great option as it isn’t too invasive. Another option is to have your child participate in therapy. In our society therapy has gotten a negative reputation but from personal experience I will attest to the wonders therapy does. It is so nice to just get things off your chest and let someone else help to guide you in the correct direction of recovery. If you are finding that these less invasive means of trying to help your child aren’t too effective you may consider treatment centers. There are all sorts of types for different issues, inpatient and outpatient programs, and a variety of costs to keep in mind. If it is your teenage daughter who is struggling with the addiction then perhaps check out womens alcohol treatment. They are a trusted name in alcohol addiction treatment and specialize in women. They look to understand the underlying issues causing the alcohol addiction such as: emotional abuse, physical abuse, self-esteem issues, mental health problems and disorders that women tend to be prone to. Show your daughter how much you love her and get her some real help.