The fear of the unknown frequently happens when someone goes to rehab especially with an adolescent. Packing up their gear and moving somewhere with unfamiliar peers, having round the clock supervision, and enforced rules can make even the most rebellious teen frightened of the process of rehabilitation. Many adolescents, who already display explosive and unstable emotions, can be unwilling to do the work which will assist them in resolving the issues that have been instrumental in causing their substance abuse disorder. Rehabilitation facilities have a proven record of supporting teens into sobriety by guiding their recovery efforts in a way that is conducive for each individual. A well-equipped treatment center gives a teen an opportunity to put their normal everyday pressures aside to reflect on what brought them to the center in the first place.
Work on personal relationships
The struggle is real amongst the teen-parent relationship. Substance abuse is just added fuel to the fire of an already tumultuous relationship. With therapy as an included aspect of the program, families can begin to heal. Individual, group, and family sessions are offered to give a teen and their family the best chance to recover from the destruction caused by the addiction. Rehab gives families a much-needed break to regroup and refocus on the importance of the family structure.
Work on relapse prevention
Doing extensive work on what triggers are, what invokes cravings, and what tools should be used in specific situations can assist a teenager when they are feeling weak in their sobriety. Teens are given a chance to use their treatment as a time to pause their out of control life to work on the reasons which led them to abuse drugs and alcohol.
Work on themselves
Just because cessation to drugs and alcohol occurs does not mean all the problems in their world will automatically go away. “Wherever you go, there you are” is a true statement for people with substance abuse. Drugs and alcohol are merely symptoms of the bigger issues caused by addiction. By working with a therapist or a counselor, a teen can learn how to deal better with life by looking within themselves first. Teens who have had a hard time stopping drugs and alcohol on their own and have racked up consequences that are bigger than what they can handle are usually good candidates to receive treatment. Those teens who are sick and tired of being sick and tired are in a better position to remain sober if they take their treatment as a life-saving gift.
If you or an adolescent you know needs to get help for drug or alcohol abuse, Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center can give you the guidance that you deserve. Establishing a strong network of family and community can reinforce practices for living substance free.
Call us today to start living in your recovery: 662-598-4214