4 False Statements Parents Tell Themselves About Adolescent Addiction
Addiction is a cunning, baffling, powerful, and insidious disease. Too often, the sentiments of adolescence can skew a parent’s perception of developing chemical dependency.
- Not My Kids: Addiction happens to other people, in different households where there are problems. Your kids are good kids and would never do such a thing as use drugs and alcohol, let alone become chemically dependent on them. No, mental illness will not occur in your house. Unfortunately, mental illness and addiction happens wherever it pleases. Terrifying to parents is the idea that despite their best efforts, devoted love, and faithful upbringing of their children, temptation might still hit. Children turn into adolescents and teens and experiment with drugs and alcohol. For the child with the right genetic disposition, secondary mental health disorder, or who falls into the draw of chemical dependency, addiction is a possibility. Addiction knows no socioeconomic limits or divides, no racism, and no religion.
- They Know They Should Do It At Home: Assuming the inevitable, many parents try to create a safe space for experimenting with drugs and alcohol at home. Assumptions are dangerous. In addition to assuming your child will experiment with drugs and alcohol, you are assuming that because they experiment at home, they won’t experiment outside of the home. This assumption is commonly proven to be false. Using drugs and alcohol at home is commonly taken to mean that using drugs and alcohol is okay. Underage drinking and drug use is illegal, no matter your good intentions, and allowing this at home can send a confusing message to adolescents.
- Experimenting Isn’t A Problem: They tried it once or twice. You found them drunk in the basement with their friends. You discovered a bag of pot and were told it’s the first time it’s ever happened. Research has found that early intervention is the best solution for long term substance abuse. Experimenting can always become a problem.
- It’s Under Control: Addiction is defined by unmanageability. More specifically, addiction is defined by the illusion of manageability. Such maintenance is often short lived. “I’ve got it under control” is a lie that many adult addicts and alcoholics tell themselves about their drinking and using. Like a fire, it is never safe to assume addiction is contained until it has been completely put out. All it takes is a brief wind of temptation to encourage that remaining ember to glow strongly enough and create a flame.
Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center is dedicated to helping adolescents build a foundation for their life upon which the work and healing of recovery will form them into a leader as an adult. Each of our patients receives a highly individualized treatment plan which includes clinical therapy, supplemental healing, and caring relationships with each of our staff. Our commitment is to you and your child. Call us today for more information on our programs offered in North Mississippi: 1-662-598-4214.