Why Should I Support My Teen When They Do Not Want It?
Get a mentorYour teen may be appalled at you helping them, so you may have to encourage them to find someone else to talk to. A sponsor, another person in recovery who is a teen, a teacher they respect, a coach, a pastor, a trusted friend, a sibling, or anyone that they can openly talk about getting sober with is important. Do not get offended that it is not you because the main focus is to get the person who can point them in the right direction.
Keep up the faithYou may feel like you are too overwhelmed to keep moving forward with their disrespectful attitude but remember that these things take time. If you give up, they just might too and then where would you be? Find some of your own recovery tools such as mediation, journaling, or going to therapy so you can better yourself in the sometimes-grueling process of addiction recovery. You may feel like your teen is pushing you out and they might be. Since you are the parent, you will have to let the disdain roll off your back and give you the push you need to guide them into the direction of getting sober.
Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center leads the way with progressive, evidence-based programming to most effectively treat each individual adolescent while focusing on the uniqueness of each client. Healing the mind, the body, and the spirit as one in the same can make the biggest difference in staying sober.
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