It is devastating to discover that your child is abusing drugs or alcohol, or is suffering from addiction. You may worry that your child will need to undergo professional treatment, such as a teen rehab program. You may wonder about the effect of addiction on family members.
Despite your stress, now is the time for action. Recovery from alcohol abuse or drug addiction is never easy, but always worth it. Now is the time to get started.
What Happens in Rehab Centers for Drugs and Alcohol?
From active addiction to recovery, we at Next Generation Village are here for you and your child. Many parents ask us what methods of drug addiction treatment are available, what a typical day in rehab looks like, and how we prevent relapse. Here are some basic elements of daily life at Next Generation Village, and a few of the ways that we help your child fight their substance abuse disorder:
Most teens who come to us need to begin by ridding their bodies of the abused substances through a process called detox. Our drug detox programs allow each child the chance to begin their recovery with a fresh outlook, unhindered by the physical side effects caused by their addiction. Detox can be uncomfortable, but we do everything we can to make sure that your child doesn’t suffer during this process.
After detox, our staff will introduce your child to their regular therapy schedule. To get an idea of what each day involves, check out our sample schedule of a day in rehab at Next Generation Village.
Addiction is a brain disease, and holistic treatment requires a combination of traditional and evidence-based therapies. That’s why your teen will not only engage in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) sessions with their therapist, they will also be exposed to recreation therapy, such as art, music or sports therapy.
Many of the teens who come to us for treatment are also dealing with co-occurring mental disorders, such as depression or borderline personality disorder. Our holistic approach is especially beneficial to these teens.
Once your child’s discharge from rehab, they will need to keep regular rehab aftercare appointments with mental health professionals. Your teen’s aftercare team determines the duration of aftercare, but it is safe to say that continued therapy will continue for the foreseeable future.
We will arrange the first set of appointments with treatment professionals in your home area. After that, you and your teen will make appointments directly with the aftercare providers.
Can You Visit Someone in Rehab?
During the first seven days of rehab, your child will not be able to communicate with you. We have found that this rule decreases dropout rates. Once your teen gets past the difficulty of detox, they gain a clearer outlook on rehab and are usually eager to work on their recovery.
After detox, you will likely be able to enjoy weekly phone calls. Our goal is to bring your child back to wellness, and family therapy is often a big part of that process. Thus, you may even be able to visit your child during their stay with us, but their treatment team will ultimately determine this.
Tips and Support for Families of Drug Addicts
Addiction is a family disease — it impacts everyone. Though it’s tough to deal with addiction in your family, it is doable. Here are some ways that you can provide support to each of your loved ones:
Helping Your Teen
- Ensure that you are not enabling addiction. Enabling behaviors include lying to cover your child’s substance use, ignoring your child’s addiction, or believing that they do not need treatment to get better (despite previous attempts to recover on their own).
- After rehab, the easiest way to help someone with drug addiction is to avoid using substances in front of them. If your child struggles with alcohol abuse, do not drink in their presence.
- Continue to offer your unconditional love. Say it with words and actions alike. When your teen knows they can expect your love and support, it is easier for them to take the risk of leaving their substance behind.
Helping Your Family
Dealing with Addiction Stigma
Life isn’t easy when you have an addicted child. Unfortunately, you will probably encounter some people who do not offer you the kind of grace and understanding that you need right now.
The negative social stigma of drug addiction is one of the biggest barriers to recovery from addiction, and it manifests in painful ways. You might overhear an insensitive comment about people suffering from addiction; you might learn that your child is no longer welcome at the home of a good friend. These events can be excruciating.
When you’re hurting, lean on your support system — that is, your closest friends and family members who know your heart. Don’t be afraid to call on them when you need a listening ear or a welcoming shoulder.
Take the First Step Toward Your Child’s Recovery
If your child is dealing with drug or alcohol abuse, now is the time to step forward and get them the help they need. The earlier your child gets treatment, the easier their recovery will be.
We established our teen drug treatment center in Florida because of the state’s natural beauty. Our lakeside campus is tucked away from the real world, offering plenty of privacy. Our Florida rehab facility includes a glistening pool, serene lake, basketball courts, and brand new gym — all of which help our adolescent patients relieve stress and remember how enjoyable life can be without addiction.
Call us for a free, confidential discussion and assessment with one of our compassionate addiction advisors. Next Generation Village could change your child’s life forever. Take the first step by getting in touch.