Why Does My Adolescent Keep Relapsing?
They need alliesDrug dealers and using friends are really their enemies although they may seem like they are on their side. Your teen needs people in which they can relate to in recovery. Starting in rehab, they will find others that they understand, but once they are back in the real world, they need friends and mentors that they can rely on for the solution. Find local 12-Step meetings for them to attend possibly involving other young people, get connected with a therapist, and you can be their biggest cheerleader of them all. Instead of being against, show them you are for their recovery with all the ups and downs that will ensue.
They need solution.If their solution is to take drugs and alcohol every time they are down, then they will need to find another solution. This not a snap your fingers kind of a situation for them to change. They need tools, guidance, and support to be able to change the things they need to which is just about everything.
They need patienceGetting through the pain of addiction takes some time because recovery is not an overnight matter. Your teen will have to put as much into their recovery as they did their addiction, and this takes some to adjust to. Most likely your teen will not be jumping for joy to do the things that are asked of them to do in their program. Over time your teen will hopefully see the benefits of staying sober and stop the insanity of relapse. There is a saying that states “relapse is part of recovery” which could be entirely true for your situation. Their relapse is not your fault and all you can do is support them during this difficult transitional period until you have decided you have had enough.
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