Having a family is one of the miracles of life. However, with all the advantages of being loved, supported and welcomed home every day, there exist many threats to this happiness. Admittedly, all of us are people, and everyone sees the world differently, but sometimes there happens something, which throws you off your stride.
The threats of a happy family, for sure, are illness and death. It is dreadful when you find out that your spouse or child is terminally ill. You try to save the person you love at all cost. Addiction is a threat also. Especially if we are talking about people under 20. If you have ever faced the problem of your child being addicted, you have experienced all the pain and rueful feelings.
Often the model of parents’ behavior is the following. Firstly, you get angry with your child; you cannot understand why he/she dared to do such things, why he/she did not follow your upbringing. Secondly, they start blaming themselves, because they understand they paid too little attention to the child. Thirdly, they take pains to stop the child from taking drugs (or alcohol) again and again. Sometimes they do it in the form of restrictions, scolding, etc. However, more reasonable is to provide professional treatment for your child. The most effective way is to find some outpatient programs for teenage rehabilitation or to treat your child in teenage rehab facilities.
What are the real reasons for teens to consume various substances?
It is not a secret that a person becomes mature in his/her mid-20s, not in 18 when in most countries a person is legally considered an adult. Our brain has some particular areas, which are responsible for solving problems, a way of behaving, making decisions. These areas change during the process of switching from adolescence to adulthood. The younger the teens are, the more likely they are to risk and participate in activities, which may not have adult approval. Drug or alcohol abuse is one of such activities. The other point here is that adolescent people face hormonal changes, which influence their desires and deeds. Teens are more prone to the influence of social groups. That is why teens are more likely to fall into bad associations. What are the possible consequences of drug abuse? The most dreadful consequence is death. Death from intoxication, overdose, suicide. If we talk about ‘slighter’ consequences, they are mental problems, loans, liver destruction, etc.
What are the steps to prevent your child from abuse?
Topics, such as bad habits, are quite sensitive and often parents do not like talking to children about this. Most teens are reluctant to share information about their ‘private’ life with their parents. Therefore, it is better to build trust-based relations with your child since childhood. You do not have to forbid something to your child; better is to tell a story, which can be an example of adverse consequences for your child. The other way is to make it in the form of a game or investigation. You may ask your child, for example, to google some information about consequences of drug usage. Sparkle the interest to the problem by some action, e.g., social help to those, who get treatment in drug rehab for young adults. This would teach your child better than simple words.
However, if you have missed this step of educating your child, there also are some possibilities to save your child’s health.
Why is that so important to look through many rehab facilities for teens and choose the best one?
Inpatient programs of rehabilitation for teens are highly effective because a child gets into the situation, where he/she cannot be under the bad influence. There are some special consulting with peers, and a teen can see that he is not alone and feel support. The feeling of integrity and belonging to a certain community is utterly importance at this age. Some teen rehab centers also provide the possibility to communicate through games and other activities. After making new friends, a child feels safe to disclose his/her feelings.
The next important step is parental involvement. Depending on the relationship between a child and his parents, they may be involved in treatment immediately or gradually — psychologist help to build a healthy and trust-based relationship between family members.
The third issue to pay attention to is whether there are some lessons in the programs of rehabilitation for teens. The thing is that many teens have to miss school while being treated. Falling out of school may have negative consequences not only in education but also in relationships with classmates. If a child has an opportunity to study during rehab program, that is an extra advantage.
To sum up, there are many factors for people to start using drugs or alcohol, but you can never blame your child or yourself. The bunch of reasons is greater. The only right thing to do if you have found out that your child is addicted is to choose correct treatment for your child and support him/her during the rehabilitation.
About the Author
Jeffrey Buckley is a blogger who investigates human health issues and behaviorist anthropology. He researches substance abuse problems and the ways to overcome addictions.