Knowing that your teen is addicted to alcohol or drugs is not an easy thing to admit, but you are not alone. Many parents face the same realization every day.
The good news is that you aren’t alone, and help is available. Neither you nor your teen has to live another day with an addiction that is hurting him and you, because addiction treatment centers can help your teen.
In fact, there are so many options when it comes to treatment that it can be a challenge to find the right center for your teen.
This is where a phone call to an addiction specialist is important. He or she can guide you through the selection process by asking question about your teen’s addiction and your family situation.
The important thing to remember is to find an addiction treatment center than is comprehensive in its approach. This means one that addresses the whole person—physically, mentally, emotionally, and sometimes spiritually. This can happen under one roof, or under a variety of roofs (detox, outpatient, inpatient, follow-up services).
Perhaps treatment has been court-ordered. Or perhaps your teen has reached a tipping point and treatment is the only way he can become clean and better himself.
There are a few factors to consider when it comes to choosing an addiction treatment center for your teen.
Do you have insurance? Are you going to pay out-of-pocket? Is an agency or religious organization going to help you? Do you want recovery to take place locally, or would it be better to seek recover out of town? There are advantages to both. A local treatment center is easier to drive to, and it’s in a familiar setting. A center outside of your community may be farther away, but it won’t have the enabling factors and distractions that his hometown has.
If you aren’t familiar with what an addiction treatment center is or what it does, then know that there are differences. Some have different approaches in therapy and services. Some are inpatient and some are outpatient. Some offer services for a dual diagnosis (when addiction is coupled with another physical or mental health issue, such as depression, eating disorder, bipolar, etc.).
An addiction center will help your teen change his way of thinking about using substances, so that he can replace negative behaviors and choices with positive ones. The goal is for him to be able to get clean, stay clean, and use new coping skills to move past his addiction toward a new future
Dealing with an addiction may be the toughest thing you’ve faced as a parent thus far. But don’t give up. Addiction treatment centers are designed to assist and respect families going through this very thing.
For help in locating a treatment center that is right for your teen, visit Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration, or samsa.org https://www.samhsa.gov/