Help! I think my teen is addicted to drugs or alcohol.
If you think your teenager is addicted to drugs or abusing alcohol, it’s important that you get them professional treatment. There are many different types of addiction treatment options available, so before you decide on a rehab program, you should carefully review all of your options and seek professional help when selecting the right program for your child.
Typical teen rehab services and programs can include:
- Intervention. Some families need professional help to get their teen to own up to their actions and accept addiction treatment. An addiction interventionist can work with the family and develop a plan to get your teen to become accountable and willing to make changes — which is what you need for successful addiction treatment.
- Detox. When a teenager becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol there is a chance they will need to detox before beginning their treatment therapies. Many hospitals and rehab facilities offer medically supervised detox services to help the teen remove the toxins from their bodies so they are physically ready for the rest of their treatment.
- Psychiatric Evaluation. Because mental health issues are commonly present in teenagers who abuse drugs or alcohol, most rehab centers will perform a psychiatric evaluation which will identify the need for mental health treatment — if a disorder or issue is present.
- Medication Management. If your teen has been diagnosed with a mental disorder that the doctor has prescribed medication for — or has to take medication for other physical ailments — they should continue to take their medications as prescribed while in treatment. Most treatment facilities will manage the medications to ensure your teen is taking their medications as prescribed.
- Individual Therapy. A key part of any successful rehabilitation program is individual therapy. Regular sessions with a trained professional can help your teen get to the root of their personal issues, address relationship problems, discuss traumatic experiences, and work on self-esteem issues in a private, safe setting.
- Support Groups. In addition to individual therapy, group sessions are also common practice in teen rehab programs. Group therapies help teens learn how to open up, see they are not alone, and learn from others experiences. They also help the teen with peer interactions and building social skills, which is an important part of long term recovery.
- Academic Program. Because most teenagers are still in school, most teen rehab programs offer education support or an academic program. While your child is undergoing substance abuse education and treatment they should also continue to attend regular high school classes.
Treatment modalities can range greatly from rehab to rehab. Some offer the 12 steps, equine therapy, adventure therapy, art therapies or music therapy. What matters most is that the treatment program is the right fit for your teen.
Not sure what rehab is right for your teen? Keep reading:
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