Drug addiction creates a complex situation, when it’s your own problem, but things grow much more complicated, when you’re dealing with another’s substance abuse. Parents are especially hit hard, when their children become addicted to drugs, or alcohol. They often see the pattern of addiction, but feel powerless to stop it. They may not know how to intervene, especially when their children, either teens or adults, resist any attempts to help.
While parents can feel frustrated, the important thing is not to give up. There are many different things you can try to encourage your child to see the help they need. While every approach isn’t ideal for every situation, one, or more, of these suggestions may help you get your child into a Georgia treatment program.
- Confront the Addict
- Address the Addict’s Individuality
- Question Why the Addict is Resistant to Treatment
- Control the Situation
- Consult Counselors
Confront the Addict
Of course, the first step in the process is getting the addict to admit that there is a problem. This requires a confrontation, though that doesn’t mean taking an aggressive approach. Instead, take the time to point out behavioral changes you have observed. You might also bring poor school performance up, as one of those changes. By letting your child address these concerns, you can discover how open they are to admitting to the problem.
Later in the discussion, take a firm stance and prohibit future incidences of substance abuse. By establishing consequences for using drugs, or getting high, and sticking to them, you may be able to curb the use of drugs. Often, forcing a teen to come to terms with the addiction will be enough to encourage them to seek help.
Address the Addict’s Individuality
Peer pressure is one of the largest motivating factors in encouraging teen drug abuse. Your children probably know of commonly used places to get high and likely know of a few other classmates, who regularly go to those places. Having access to these situations only makes it harder to resist the opportunity to use drugs, particularly because your child will see their friends doing it.
The best way to combat this situation is to emphasize your child’s individuality. Point out that, just because their friends are doing drugs, that doesn’t mean they should be doing it. You should explain to your child that he has a different body chemistry and that he may be affected more deeply.
Question Why the Addict is Resistant to Treatment
Another approach is to address why your child is reluctant to commit to a rehab treatment program. In many cases, their resistance to treatment may be based on rumors and false myths they heard from their friends. The best way to address these reasons is to respond with factual, yet positive, information about the treatment process. By educating your child, you may be able to take away their fear.
One primary reason that children resist inpatient treatment programs is the feeling that they will be abandoned. They often fear that they’ll simply be “dumped” in the facility and forgotten. Promise to visit your child regularly and emphasize that the family will do everything possible to support their recovery. Maintaining a positive support system will help your child avoid relapses, once he’s released from the treatment program.
Control the Situation
When it comes down to it, you are the parent and, ultimately, you can make the choice for your child. A child under 17 years of age can be committed to a rehab facility without their consent, upon the request of the parents. This option should be reserved as a last resort, if you feel your child is in a crisis.
In some cases, a teen forced into a rehab treatment facility will accept the situation and genuinely try to recover. However, in many cases, the child resents being forced into the situation and may resist all attempts to help him get clean. Ideally, treatment generates the best results, when the addict genuinely wants to get help.
Even if your teen is resisting the idea of treatment, they may be exhibiting signs that they know there really is a problem. Consulting a treatment counselor, such as those available at our 770-299-1677 hotline, can help you give your child that extra nudge he needs. We’re available 24 hours per day to help you convince your child to seek treatment.
Our counselors can put any remaining fears at ease, helping you and your child understand what to expect. When the experience of inpatient treatment is no longer a mystery, the anxiety your teen feels will be greatly reduced. This will help him commit to treatment at one of our high-quality Georgia treatment facilities.