For people on the outside looking in, battling substance use is merely a personal experience. They may say, “Well, that’s their choice. The only person it’s harming is them.” Unfortunately, if your teen is struggling with substance use, you know this is not always true. Using drugs or alcohol not only has devastating effects on the person using the substance, but it also impacts other people who are directly involved in that person’s life. When parents, siblings, and other family members see the teen struggling with substance use, they may experience emotional, financial, legal, and/or medical consequences. We understand how troubling this “new normal” is, and our family recovery support therapy program strives to help. To learn more about how this program can help your family, contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today.
How Does Substance Use Affect Families?
One marker of substance use is that the person using substances withdraws from the family. They may lose interest in the activities that the family formerly participated in together, choosing to turn to drugs or alcohol instead to keep them busy. This withdrawal can be hurtful to siblings and parents who care about the teen.
As a result, family members may start to blame themselves for the teen’s drug or alcohol use, leading them to lose their sense of self-worth. They may also become mistrustful other people in their life, as those who struggle with substance use often lie to their loved ones and become secretive or evasive about their actions. Furthermore, they may struggle with depression and anxiety due to the uncertainty of addiction.
Substance use in adolescence occurs at a time where teens are supposed to be growing up and being more independent. However, due to their substance use, they may also struggle with illness or mental health conditions, leading them to be more reliant on a caretaker. This reliance often becomes a burden on the caretaker, as the teen’s drug use takes a toll on the person’s health, causing them to neglect self-care.
Each of these problems shows the toll that drug and alcohol use takes on the family, and indicates the need for a family recovery support therapy program.
What Does Our Family Recovery Support Therapy Program Do?
When you enroll your teen in our boys’ substance use treatment center, you and your family become apart of our family recovery support therapy program. This program provides remote therapy sessions to you and other family members and helps you understand how your adolescent’s substance use impacts you and your family. You’ll learn how to navigate the treatment process and create an ideal support system during and after treatment.
This therapy program doesn’t address the needs of your teen. Instead, our family recovery support therapy program addresses the challenges that you and your family will work to overcome during your teen’s substance use. We’ll also help you create coping mechanisms to manage these challenges in the future. We will work to ensure that your teen’s substance use has no lasting ill-effects on your family as a whole.
We provide separate treatment programs that are specifically for your teen at our residential treatment center. They’ll attend a variety of therapy programs designed to address their unique needs. Their treatment may include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program
- Adventure therapy program
- Fly fishing therapy program
- Experiential therapy program
Contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center Today
At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we strive to help each teen who walks through our doors to overcome substance use. We provide faith-based treatment to adolescent boys who have struggled with substance use in the past. In addition, we provide exemplary support for their family members.