How Do I Support My Teen’s Recovery after Addiction Treatment?

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“So, what’s next?”

Many parents feel ill-prepared when their child has completed inpatient or outpatient drug addiction treatment. They often feel uncertain on what to expect after addiction, and have many questions about how to best support their child’s recovery. Sometimes it can seem that a child will be “fixed” once they complete treatment. In reality, the recovery journey is just beginning.

Continuing Care, a website and guide, gives parents the tools and supports to make their families stronger and deal with the complex and challenging situations during the days, months and years after treatment.

For many teens, addiction is a chronic condition that will require management into adulthood and, for some, throughout life.

Continuing Care is divided into four sections, presented in a Q&A format:

  1. The Meaning of Continuing Care
  2. Ensuring Follow-Through
  3. Reinforcing the Message
  4. Monitoring in a Supportive Way

Within these sections, you’ll find insights on how parents can set realistic expectations for their child’s recovery including how to help them adapt to their new environment in sobriety, how to avoid the people, places and things that can trigger relapse and what to do if relapse occurs.

With good continuing care after addiction that is appropriately adjusted to individual needs, a teen or young adult should be able to manage his or her condition. Your child may initially need your help, but eventually he or she should be able to manage it without you, as he or she matures.

Keep Your Child Healthy Following Treatment

The end of substance use treatment is just the beginning of the road to recovery. Your child will need your help and support to get there.

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    Lindsay Lee

    April 19, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    This is very important. Family support especially from parents after their teenager’s addiction treatment is finished is almost as important as the treatment itself. I believe the parents need to be able to openly discuss all the feeling and emotions that their teenage goes through post-recovery to achieve the best results. Obviously, this can sometimes be difficult so it’s important for parents to support their teenager in the best way possible. There are plenty of support groups available as well, so if your teenager doesn’t feel comfortable talking to you about their emotions then this is certainly a viable option.

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