How To Face Teen Substance Abuse At Home

When you learn that your teenage child is experiencing drug addiction, part of your thoughts might involve making a plan for treatment. Recovery plans are important tools you can use to help your child progress through their own journey. 

Are you unsure how to approach making a plan? These are the things you should know about developing a recovery plan with your child.

Treatment Is Crucial

It is important that you first consider teen substance abuse treatment for your child. Substance abuse treatment addresses everything from the physical to the emotional, ensuring that your child is treated for a variety of underlying conditions that could be contributing. Treatment may include physical detox, counseling, support groups, and more.

Start Fresh

When your child returns from treatment, it is a good idea to start with a fresh perspective. Approach your child's return home like it's a clean slate, a fresh start. Forgive the past and work on building a stronger future.

Discuss Expectations

Now is also a great time to discuss your expectations for future behavior. Give your child time to discuss their own expectations as well. For example, how is your child going to get to future treatment sessions? Can you be expected to provide transportation? Payment? Make these things clear so that there is no confusion about how to move forward.

Develop a Plan for Ongoing Treatment

Ongoing treatment is often a crucial part of substance abuse treatment. Now is a good time to discuss individual counseling, family counseling, support groups, and other parts of outpatient treatment.

Develop a Plan for Relapse

Relapse is a typical part of recovery for many people in recovery, and your child may not be immune to this. Make a plan today to adjust a relapse that could occur in the coming weeks.

This is also a good time to discuss the specific ways in which you will prevent relapse. How can a job or household chores help? Discuss the details, including things like school attendance and financial concerns. Curfews and expected family time may also be helpful components of this plan.

Talk to a Professional

It is also important to talk to a professional about your child's treatment plan. A professional can help you determine if you have a solid plan in place that will help him or her approach addiction in a way that successfully fights it. Call today to talk to a professional about your plan.