Drug and Alcohol Treatment for Teens With Lupus
May 26, 2019
Lupus Will Get Worse in The Face of Alcohol Use
When you have discovered that your teenager has a drug and alcohol problem, you may not know where to turn. It is very possible that your family is in a crisis situation, meaning that a decision should be made as quickly as possible.
Drug and alcohol treatment for teenagers can be quite different from treatment designed for adults. Emotional and stress factors play a big role in addiction recovery in young people. Teenagers face unique social pressures as well as biological changes so it is essential that the treatment addresses these needs.
It is therefore important that you choose a program that is designed specifically for teens. Since adolescents face unique challenges such as dealing with their families and friends and obtaining an education, it is important that the family is actively involved in the treatment. Regardless if it is a residential alcohol treatment program that is being used or a drug and alcohol dependency support group, family involvement is key. In most cases, it will be you (the parents) paying for the recovery program and since most teens live at home, their recovery will depend on how supportive the family is in helping them build new lives free of alcohol and drug use.
Many parents who recognize that their teenager is struggling with a substance abuse problem choose to put their teen into a drug and alcohol treatment center. However, the teenager must first admit that he/she has a problem, otherwise the treatment will be ineffective. There are both short-term and long-term drug addiction treatment center for teenagers. If a short-term center is chosen, the patient generally stays for thirty days or less and he/she is provided services by therapeutic and medical staff. The long-term treatment center provides a higher level of support through counseling and education so that the social and mental issues are addressed – this approach leads to the building of a strong foundation for a successful recovery. Long-term drug and alcohol treatment centers are the most popular of the two because the patient lives away from home for a longer period of time and away from the negative influences he/she was exposed to – which most likely led to the drug and alcohol problem he/she is facing.
A good drug and alcohol treatment center will provide your teenager with schooling so that he/she does not fall behind. The center that you use also should help your teen meet his/her spiritual needs. Many treatment centers do this by following twelve-step programs. A good facility also will offer detoxification support as detox often is the first step towards sobriety. If you feel your child needs detox, ask the center what type of support is offered. There should be trained medical personnel on staff who can help your child with his/her withdrawal symptoms.
The most successful drug and alcohol treatment centers will help teens learn to cope with life after treatment so that they can maintain their sobriety once they have returned home and back into mainstream society. Be sure to inquire about re-lapse therapy and aftercare services as it is important that your teenager has someone to turn to when peers pressure him/her to drink or do drugs.