Teens in Ohio often find themselves with increased independence and freedom as they march through their high school years. For some, this is a quintessential time in which they delve into pursuing their passions and honing their academics.
For others, this independence comes before maturity and they begin life long habits of substance abuse and possibly addiction. As parents and loved ones, it is important to understand that immediate treatment is imperative and that the recovery process is not an easy one. It can be difficult to understand what the teenager in recovery is going through, but with a rudimentary understanding of the process, parents can help their adolescent progress in their rehab.
The type of treatment needed depends on the type of drug being abused. There are two primary types of treatment: inpatient and outpatient.
Outpatient care is generally used when the patient has yet to develop an addiction, has no other problems, such as an arrest record, besides the substance abuse. Many times teenagers in outpatient programs for drug abuse can complete their rehabilitation at their high school’s counseling department or rehab program. They also can attend weekly or biweekly counseling sessions at a local rehab center.
Inpatient rehabilitation takes place at a full time, live in facility. This type of treatment is usually reserved for adolescents with extreme problems, with can include run ins with the law, attempted suicide, addiction, or overdoses. Both types of rehabilitation are difficult for both the teen and their family to cope with, but they are worth it.
If the teenager is participating in an outpatient rehab regimen, the parents will naturally be much more involved in the recovery than if they were at an inpatient facility. With this involvement comes responsibility. Parents should ask how treatment is going, and try to be as understanding as possible.
Likely, as is with teenagers, the teen will resent the parents for sending them to rehab, but honest communication on the parent’s end encourages honest communication from the adolescent’s side. Parent’s will also need to engage in frequent updates from the school, treatment center, or physician, to make sure progress is on the right track.
Since the youngster will still be living at home, the parents must do what they can to make sure they do not fall back into their abusive behavior. This may mean drawing a hard line about privileges and freedoms, which will not be easy, but may be necessary.
Inpatient rehab is a more intensive and requires less of the parents. If the youngster has a problem large enough to require inpatient care, usually the parents will not be able to see the adolescent for at least the beginning of rehab.
It will be emotionally difficult but if thorough research has been conducted on the facility, results should become apparent. Because personal time with the teen will be limited and monitored, it is important to be honest and straightforward with them when the opportunity presents itself.
Both types of rehab are very difficult for everyone involved and can cause a strain on the relationship between teenager and parents. However, it is still incredibly important that adolescents with a substance abuse problem in Ohio receive the rehabilitation they need.