Ways to Help Teens Recover From Drug Addiction
A rebellious nature and always experimenting with new things are the hallmarks of teenage life. But this very nature could lead to drugs and alcohol use in teens. Parents suspecting that their teens might be falling prey to these deadly and unhealthy habits should act quickly to further reduce their addictive behavior.
Helping your child or someone you know from falling prey to these habits at an early stage will ensure that they recover quickly and focus on more important things in life as their brains and bodies are still developing in these years. Here are some of the ways to help teens with drug addiction.
Look for Signs of Teen Drug Use
Parents know their children better than anyone. And it is easier for them to observe physical, psychological and behaviour signs that may reflect bad habits in teens. Bloodshot eyes, deterioration in their physical appearance, impaired coordination, change in attitude, unusual smells on their body and clothes, shaking and tremors, and injuries that teens do not want to discuss with parents are some of the signs of teen drug addiction. Parents noticing any or all of these signs should know that it is time to confront them to ward off suspicion.
Talk with Them
Even if parents notice any behavioural and psychological changes in teens that may be a result of drug use in teens, it is very tricky and confusing to bring them up to a soothing talk as teens may be more reluctant in such a scenario. First assure them that this is just a word of warning and know exactly if they are under influence first. Wait for the right time until they are sober instead of attacking them while they are in the act. Keep track of their movements and focus on particular times if signs repeat. Collect concrete evidence (probably by looking in their room or car) and prepare to defend your action on snooping into their privacy.
Ask your partner to participate in the conversation and tell them to act as a mediator and provide unbiased support during the confrontation. Parents should also have an idea of the outcome beforehand and should also be willing to postpone the talk if the situation needs. Talk about the consequences and convince them to discontinue drug use or even try registering for a drug rehabilitation if the situation is out of control. But, no matter what, always assure them that you’ll be there to help them get through this. Studies reveal that teens having support from their parents show quick recovery.
Prevent Future Substance Abuse
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, parents have a lot impact on their teens’ perception of drugs. Parents’ relationship with their children is the primary way to prevent them from making potentially life-altering decisions when it comes to teens and drugs. So, model good behaviour for yourself as adolescents tend to imitate parents’ behaviour. Peer pressure also plays a major role in substance abuse. Make sure that your kids’ friends exert positive behaviour on them.
Together with these measures, create a positive environment at home to encourage and build self-esteem in teens and help them feel confident. Encourage teens to relax in healthy ways like exercising and talk to them early about the negative consequences if at all their behaviour is suspicious. Enforce discipline and make clear rules before the situation is out of control. Explain that strict curfews at home are better than severe actions carried at schools or colleges or by law enforcement officials.