What kind of support will my teen find at an alcohol treatment center?
Having a teen that is suffering from the disease of addiction can be a very difficult situation. It is hard to know when to show “tough love,” and when to show compassion. As parents, our primary purpose is to keep our children safe and secure, but when they have lost the power of choice when it comes to their alcohol addiction, it’s normal to feel as though you’re helpless. The disease of addiction is progressive and can become worse over time, but much like other chronic illnesses, it is easier to treat while in earlier stages. Although your teen may say that they do not want or need help, their best chance at recovery from addiction is to enter an alcohol treatment center.
When searching for an alcohol treatment center, it is important to find one that will provide your teen with the type of support that they need. Ensuring that you’ve done your research and have chosen the best option for your teen will give them a much better chance towards recovery. There are many different options for treatment and the research can seem overwhelming at times. The best way to understand what each of these different types of treatment provides is to first consult an addiction specialist at the chosen alcohol treatment center.
While family physicians and psychologists are great resources, they do not always fully understand the disease of addiction. An addiction specialist knows how an addicts mind works and what their body is going through, based on the individual’s frequency of drinking. They will help you know whether your teen needs to first be detoxed from alcohol or not, whether they should go to inpatient or outpatient rehab, and most likely have credible alcohol treatment centers that they can recommend to you. There are many alcohol treatment centers that claim to do certain types of treatment or claim that their methods are the best way to recover from addiction, but it is always best to receive a recommendation from someone that has received proven results from specific centers.
You must be careful when placing a teen in an alcohol treatment center because if they are in the wrong type of treatment, it can potentially worsen their disease rather than help them. Teens are naturally curious and do not like being told what to do by their elders. When young people are placed in treatment with other clients who are older and have been using harder substances for longer periods of time, this can potentially make the young people curious to try these harder substances to see what the experience is like. Their addictive mindset also makes rationalizations to justify their using and hearing stories from older people that used for a much longer time before attempting to get sober may make your teen believe that they can do the same.
A qualified and reputable alcohol treatment center will make sure that your teen is placed in a group of their peers so that they get the best care possible. When teens are place with their peers, they are not only more apt to take suggestions from one another, but they will see people their own age who have been in situations that they can relate to. Other teens will share about their experiences with high school, peer pressure, planning their future and much more. These types of group sessions can be extremely beneficial for teens and help them see that it is not too late to change their ways and begin to recover from addiction. Your child will also do individual sessions where they will be evaluated for potential mental disorders, like anxiety and depression that may be a contributing factor to their drinking.
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