Intervention: Encouraging Your Child to Get Help for Their Substance Abuse Probelm
Parents are often frustrated and confused when they have a a teen who is suffering with a substance abuse problem, but who refuses to get help in a treatment program. As parents, you want to help your teen to overcome their substance abuse problem and help your child to avoid the negative consequences that are a result of substance abuse. However, teens often have little motivation to stop using drugs because of the peer pressure surrounding their drug use, or the self-medication that helps them to ignore their problems. Because teens are not likely to stop their drug abuse on their own, parents often need to take matters into their own hands in order to help their child stop using drugs and to help their children reach recovery and sobriety.
One solutions for parents with children who have a substance abuse problem is to plan an intervention. An intervention can help encourage teens to seek treatment by creating a supportive environment of friends and loved ones that will help your teen to see that drug abuse will only lead to negative consequences.
The steps for an intervention for teen substance abuse include:
• Stop all cover-ups: Family members and parents often make excuses to others to protect their teen from the results of his or her addiction. While you may feel like you are protecting your child, you are really enabling their addiction. It is important to stop covering for your so that he or she experiences the full consequences and must accept responsibility for their self-destructive behavior.
• Time your intervention: The best time to talk to a teen with a substance abuse problem is shortly after a substance related problem has occurred, like a family argument or an accident. Choose a time when he or she is sober, both of you are fairly calm, and you can talk in private.
• Be specific: Tell your teen that you are worried about his or her addiction. Use examples of the ways in which the drinking or drug abuse has caused problems, including the most recent incident.
• State the results: Explain to your child what you will do if he or she doesn’t agree to go for help. Make sure it is clear that these consequences are not a form of punishment, but are to protect yourself from his or her problems. If your child is under 18, as their parent or guardian, you can enroll them in an inpatient or residential treatment program. However, teens who do not enter treatment voluntarily will be resistant to treatment and will often relapse.
• Get help: Gather information in advance about treatment options in your community that will suit the individual needs of your child. If your child is willing to get help, call immediately for an appointment with a treatment counselor. Provide support for your child by accompanying them to their first visit to the treatment program or meeting. Supporting your teen is one of the most important elements in helping them to recovery from their substance abuse problem.
• Call on a friend: If your child still refuses to get help, ask a friend to talk with him or her using the steps described above. A friend who is a recovering addict may be particularly persuasive, but any person who is caring and nonjudgmental may help. If your child has a role model or a family member who they are especially close with, this person might be helpful in convincing your teen to seek treatment. The intervention of more than one person, more than one time, is often necessary to convince an addict to seek help.
• Find strength in numbers: With the help of a health care professional, some families join with other relatives and friends to confront an addict as a group. This approach should only be tried under the supervision of a health care professional who is experienced in facilitating group interventions.
• Get support: It is important to remember that you are not alone. Consider meeting with a local therapist specializing in addiction issues for help. Support groups offered in most communities include Al-Anon, which holds regular meetings for spouses and other family members. Another group is Alateen, which is geared towards children of addicts. These groups help family members understand that they are not responsible for the addict’s substance abuse and that they need to take care of themselves, regardless of whether the addict chooses to get help.
For parents with a child who has a substance abuse problem, it is important to be aware of the signs of teen drug abuse. If you recognize these signs in your teen, get them help. The sooner you get help for your teen, the sooner they can be on the road to recovery. By providing a supportive environment for your teen and by encouraging them to get help for their substance abuse problem, you are helping to set them back on the right path towards a successful and healthy life.
Troubled Teens Struggle in School
As a teen, it can be really hard to take school seriously. A lot of the time, you’re more worried about what is going on after school than about what is going on in class. And when are you really going to use Algebra or Chemistry? It just feels like a waste of time. When you don’t take school seriously, it’s easy to get distracted by friends who don’t have your best interests in mind or who encourage you to do drugs. It’s also easy to fall into the mentality that you would be better off if you dropped out because you’re failing your classes anyway, so who cares?
For teens who are struggling in school, there are resources and options that can help you to succeed. There are also alternative schooling options that can help struggling teens to do well in school. Some of these options include mentoring or tutoring, therapeutic boarding schools, individualized instruction, service learning, and alternative schooling. These resources can help students to do better in school, and can make a student more interested and invested in their education.
While some students might simply lose interest in their education, usually when teens lose interest in school there are other factors that are responsible for this loss of interest. These factors might include substance abuse, problems at home, learning disabilities, or teen depression. All of these factors can account for a loss of interest in school. However, there are treatment programs that can help you to overcome the issues that you may be struggling with.
The solutions for students struggling in school include therapeutic programs that help students deal with their issues while giving them the skills that will help them to be successful. These programs include therapeutic boarding schools which are designed to give specialized attention to students who are having trouble in school. There are also boarding school programs that are specialized and certified to treat teen substance abuse, and learning disabilities such as ADD/ADHD.
In addition to boarding schools, there are also wilderness and outdoor programs that can help students to deal with the issues that are distracting them from doing well in school. These wilderness programs teach students to take personal responsibility and help them to cope with the issues that they face in their daily lives.
While there are programs to help teens who are struggling in school, there are some teens who just have a general lack of interest in school and who struggle in their classes. These students, understandably, are generally not inclined to continue their education in college. However, there are options for these students after high school that can help them to get a good job and provide for their future. These options for students after high school include internships, vocational training, and life skills programs.
School is not for everyone and some students struggle more than others. However, there are options for these students. Just because school is not your strong suit doesn’t mean that you don’t have a future. However, it is important to take your future seriously and to take the initiative to find the opportunities that will help you to have a successful and stable future.