Having a teen who is in recovery or still out there in the throes of their addiction, poses overwhelming stress for you as their parent. You feel hopeless and helpless that you cannot do anything to help them but participating with their support group has done wonders for them. Jealousy may even creep in a bit because you are unable to give them what their support group has.
The main thing you need is to realize what these peer groups are all about and get on board to support your teen’s support group. Your teen could still be out using and drinking if these kind and united people had not reached out to help your teenager in the midst of their angst. Here are the main ways that recovery support groups will work for your teen.
They give them a place to share.
We are as sick as our secrets and teens need an outlet just like everyone else.
Teens are not typically interested in telling their parents what they experienced under the influence and you probably do not want to know anyway. Support groups give your teen the ability to openly share what is going on with them without feeling judged or criticized.
They give them a place to find a mentor.
Sponsors and recovery friends will be a huge part of your teen’s recovery. Although you may want to designate a person with whom you have chosen for them, the truth is that they need to find the person they relate to on their own. Having like-minded individuals to lean on when life gets tough is important for their long-term sobriety.
They give them a place to hear the solution.
In order for your teen to stay sober, they need to live in the solution of their recovery. They cannot understand their resolve until they understand why they need to stay sober and they need to hear it from someone who is in recovery with them. Having people around who will get their drift will make them more willing to continue working their program.
Everyone should have a support group to fall back on especially those who are in addiction recovery. Instead of your teen continuing to isolate with alcohol or drugs, being a part of a group who supports them will make the difference in their longevity to stay sober.
If your teenager has developed an addiction to drugs or alcohol, Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center understands the commitment your son requires in getting help. Our unique treatment was started by our family to aid other families in lifelong recovery lived.
Call our family today to get help for yours: