How to Get Your Child into Rehab
It’s a hard call to send a child to rehab – parents want to believe their child is well, not struggling with an addiction. When a child does need help, speedy access to treatment ensures a better outcome. Addictions become more severe as time goes on, and children and teens need specialized treatments to manage symptoms.
Once the decision is made to seek treatment, it’s important to plan the entire process. First, learn more about the disease of addiction as a way to prepare for life during and after active treatment.
Finding Addiction Treatment
Children and teenagers are vulnerable to drug and alcohol use because their brains are still developing. A young person may begin experimenting with drugs or alcohol for a variety of reasons: curiosity, peer pressure or as a way to cope with negative feelings. When initial experimentation turns into substance abuse or dependence, active treatment reverses the need for substances.
A treatment center with evidence-based treatments tailored to young people offers the best outcomes, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Young people need particular services to meet age-specific needs. Teens with less severe addictions may benefit from outpatient treatment that allows time for school. More serious addictions require inpatient treatment to give the child enough time to learn new coping skills. Family counseling is a crucial part of the process because everyone must be involved in the treatment plan to give the child the best chance at getting better.
An accredited facility, such as one run by Foundations Recovery Network, offers advice about preparing for treatment. It’s important to wait until entering treatment to start the detoxification process because it can be dangerous for a person to stop taking certain drugs without medical supervision.
Discussing Addiction Treatment with a Child
The best way to discuss addiction with a child may be the indirect approach, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Teens may respond better to a doctor or other addiction specialist who describes the symptoms of addiction and discuss the issue without emotional baggage. Then, an addiction specialist may recommend a treatment facility or admissions coordinators at Foundations Recovery Network may suggest options.
Transportation to Treatment
Parents have many options for getting a child to treatment. It may be as simple as driving or flying with a child to a treatment facility. In some cases, a child may adamantly refuse treatment. If a parent knows there will be conflict, he or she may contact a specialized transport service to coordinate the process. Such services will pick children up and escort them to a treatment facility, by car, plane or other travel method. While these services vary in quality, they are intended to get a child safely to treatment while respecting them as a person.
What to Expect from Addiction Treatment
Addiction treatment is easily misunderstood because of cultural attitudes surrounding drug and alcohol use. As a chronic disease, addiction requires ongoing maintenance and many people need to go back for active treatment at different points in life, according to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. When a person views a relapse or setback as a learning experience, he or she is less likely to relapse in the future.
Once a young addict’s brain is used to an addictive substance’s chemical signals, she will be consumed with finding and taking her substance of choice. To repair the damage caused by these substances, the brain needs to heal by forming new neural pathways that favor healthy levels of chemical signals. Evidence-based addiction treatments promote the healing process by helping her form new habits.
Psychotherapeutic treatments teach people positive thinking patterns, such as, “I am strong, and I can manage this craving right now.” The ability to maintain positive thoughts and dispel negative thoughts, like feelings of worthlessness or inadequacy, helps a person avoid substance use.
Need Help Finding Addiction Treatment?
Addiction is a chronic disease that requires day-to-day management. When a young adult suffers with addiction, it’s important he or she gets help in order to have the best chance at a future. True recovery brings on lifestyle changes that allow a person to avoid temptations and bad habits. The most effective addiction treatments coach a person on healthy coping skills, including stress management skills, which go a long way to ensure long-term success.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use, please call our toll-free number. Our admissions coordinators find the best treatment program for each individual person. Don’t wait to find help, call us today and get started on a healthy, sober lifestyle. We treat addictions with a philosophy that addresses the whole person — mind, body and soul. Our toll free number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week — reach out today.