How the Holidays Can Affect Teens' Recovery Path
Parents can abstain too.If you are serving alcohol at your party, event, or dinner, you may need to think about the pressure you are putting on your teen's sobriety with alcohol, or drugs, being so accessible. The question you need to ask yourself is whether it is more important to socially drink and use or if your teen needs you to be a good example? Being a good example for your teen is one of the best tools that a parent can exhibit for their kid. A person who is in recovery has the suggestion to remove themselves from a situation that makes them uncomfortable, but a teenager under your supervision may not have that choice. You can safeguard them by making decisions that will protect their sobriety at all costs.
Teens can host sober holiday get-togethers.What better way to start new holiday traditions then for your teen to host their own sober event. By inviting the friends who are interested in having fun sans getting drunk or loaded, your teen can learn how to enjoy being sober. With a safe environment, a predetermined event, and friends who are supportive, hosting a sober function can set the precedent for their recovery to stay intact. Your teen can host a Christmas movie night, a game night, a caroling party, or even a white elephant gift party. Make sure to provide hot cocoa with marshmallows and a variety of cookies that will ensure some extra holiday delight.
Parents can help their teens by finding ways to distract to them.Your teen may appear to be moping around since they have nothing to do although you probably have plenty for them to do during this busy holiday season. Put them to work by asking them to help you decorate the tree, put up the lights on the house, wrap presents, or assist you in the kitchen if you are having friends or family over. They may not want to because they are sure you will hassle them about what they have done wrong. This could be a great opportunity to be lighthearted and laugh without having to talk about their addiction or their past mistakes. Show them that you are supportive of them, want to have fun, and wish to celebrate the reason for the season by moving through the holidays with a clean slate.
Teens can be of service.The holiday season is all about giving. With the essence of recovery being about service, your teen has a good opportunity to give back. Whether they give back to the community or their recovery groups, learning to give rather than receive can really help edify their self-worth. Keeping commitments at meetings, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or visiting a senior center to play games are all ways that help change a teen's attitude to one of gratitude.
Parents can make this holiday season unforgettableDoing something you have never done before should be on the agenda. Look at your local events and see if you can find a tree lighting, ride the Polar Express, attend a gingerbread house decorating workshop, or compete in an ugly sweater bowling contest. The sky's the limit when it comes to family holiday fun which can also provoke the best memories. By knowing how the holidays can affect your teen's recovery path and how to guide them through it, you have a good shot to help them stay on the course that will keep them sober. Your love and support are the best gift you can give your teen to renew your spirits this holiday season.
Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center is a comprehensive dual-diagnosis treatment facility that offers an array of services that range from fully supervised withdrawal management to residential treatment in hopes of gaining long-term sobriety and wellness. Adolescents learn about triggers and healthy replacements to regain a positive physical response to activities they can learn to enjoy again.
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