Posted on: 16 February 2017
If you are a parent whose teen is in drug or alcohol rehab, then you've likely already been wrestling with your teen's drug addiction for some time. You're probably exhausted and glad that someone else -- the therapists at the rehab center -- are now handling your teen's recovery. But while it is nice to be able to take a step back and let the professionals do what they do best, your teen does have a better chance of recovery if you continue to play an active role in the process. Here are three things you can do as a parent to help ensure your teen's successful recovery in rehab.
Whenever you visit your teen in rehab, don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask your teen frank questions about how he or she is doing. Be kind and not accusing, but at the same time, do not dance around the issue. One of the things your teen will learn in rehab is how to be honest with him or herself and others about addiction and the recovery process. You asking the hard questions gives your teen a chance to practice these skills. It also shows your teen that you do care about them and how their rehab process is going.
You should also ask questions of the doctors and therapists who are working with your teen. Though they will likely provide you basic progress reports without your prompting, asking questions ensures you are fully aware of how your teen is doing. Plus, it lets the therapists know that you are a concerned parent -- and they may then be more conscientious about sharing information with you.
Attend "family and friends" events.
Many rehab programs include family events as a part of the recovery process. During these events, the family members and close friends of the addicts are asked to come visit the facility. They may then take part in exercises in which they learn more about living with an addict, behaviors that indicate an addict needs help, etc. Attending will help you learn so much more about the condition that your teen is fighting. It will also show your teen that you're willing to be supportive and helpful towards them.
Whenever you meet with your teen, do your best to maintain a positive attitude. Your teen will be fighting enough negative voices in his or own head -- they don't need another voice of negativity coming from you. Be aware that sometimes your teen will be depressed and may lack confidence in his or her ability to recover. When this happens, be reassuring. Tell your teen that you believe in them. Remind them that they can do anything they set their heart to. If there is a day when your emotions are running thin and you think you'll have a hard time staying positive, consider re-scheduling your visit with your teen for another day once your negativity passes.
For more information and tips for working with a rehab program, talk with different treatment centers in your area, such as Pacific Ridge.Share