Your Child’s Treatment & Recovery Roadmap: A Guide to Navigating the Addiction Treatment System
What kind of addiction treatment is best for your child? What should you look out for? How will you pay for it? Use this guide to help you decide.
If we listen, our loved ones often express a willingness to get help. How and when to introduce the idea of getting treatment can make all the difference.
On that sunny June day when I walked in on my own drug intervention, I was shocked and angry. I threw up all my walls and began to shut down as a defense mechanism. My addiction wanted to find any way it could to keep surviving inside of me. The overdramatic teenage part of me felt like I was being ganged up on and I didn’t leave my intervention without a fight. It felt like my world was coming to an end because I couldn’t picture my life without the drugs and alcohol in it. What would I do for fun, to relax, to feel better about myself? I thought I would have no social life and that my free time would consist of playing board games with my parents on a Friday night. This did not seem like a fulfilling option to me as a teenager who cared a lot about what other people thought of me.
Since my mother sought the help of professional teen interventionists, they were more than ready for my uncontrollable behavior and reasoning. My intervention process was designed to help me face the truth about my addiction and understand how it was affecting my life and my family and to show me that my family loved me and wanted me to get help. Everyone involved in my drug intervention handled it with love, respect, and concern, while helping me to break through the denial and motivate me to make a decision to accept the help that I needed. I can’t imagine what would of happened to me if my mother had not taken the chance to see if the intervention would work. It was the single most effective experience I had in that it got me into drug and alcohol treatment that saved my life.
When you find out that your teen has been using drugs and alcohol, it’s time to accept the new reality and act sooner rather than later. Intervening to help get your child back on track is not an easy solution. Your kid may kick and scream and protest and shut down, but chances are it will help, as it did in my case. If you aren’t getting through to your child, enlist the help of an interventionist or counselor. As a parent, looking the other direction will only make things worse. Nothing is ever gained by not taking action. It is unrealistic to expect teens to make the decision to quit for themselves without being shown how. Families have to ask themselves how far are they willing to go to help save their teen’s life.