The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA, estimates that annually, 23.5 million Americans age 12 years or older need treatment for drug abuse. Unfortunately, only 2.6 million, or 11.2 percent, seek and receive treatment at a specialty facility.
Teens that do seek help at substance abuse treatment centers in Charlotte NC have an advantage over those that don't. As we mentioned in our last blog post, According to research done by the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, teens who receive rehab during their adolescent years are less likely to become chronic substance abusers as adults.
Even after rehab, teens face a difficult road. Research shows that 90 percent of teens relapse back into alcohol abuse after rehab. That means that the tools they learn in therapy aren't sticking with them. How can parents and loved ones help? There are several ways to do so.
Routine: Help your teen establish a routine that doesn't leave much room for unsupervised time where they are allowed to do as they please. Teens need structure and planned time during their first year or more away from rehab. This helps them learn to manage time and gain new, healthy habits.
Friends: It's possible that their friends are the reason they began having an alcohol abuse issue. Make sure they find new friends that are a better influence on them. Spending time with old friends might help them revert back to old habits.
Exercise - One of the most important parts of recovery lies with exercise. If you need to establish a time to be their workout buddy, be sure to do that, as having someone to motivate them through this time is key.
Chores - Within their new routine it's important to give them chores to do around the house. Even if it's a daily task of cleaning the kitchen after dinner or weekend projects like cleaning the garage or washing the car, the chores will help them learn responsibility.
Reflection - Teens should take time to reflect on their current lifestyle. Whether it's through a journal or meditation, encourage them to do this. They'll begin to realize how great life is without substance abuse and no longer take it for granted.
If your teen son or daughter is suffering from a substance abuse problem, it's time to get them some help. While it’s easy for them to believe they are alone in this struggle that is the farthest thing from the truth. There are numerous teens and young adults dealing with addiction, all over the world.
Regardless of how bad your teen’s drug or alcohol use has become, help is always available. With combined support from family and Legacy Freedom, you are not alone in this, recovery is just around the corner. Help is a phone call or visit away.
Contact Legacy Freedom to learn about substance abuse treatment centers in Charlotte NC. Our therapy programs are tailored to fit the needs of your teen so that they're able to learn how to rejoin life, without substance abuse issues.
Visit other blog posts in this series below:
- Teen Alcohol abuse - An Overview
- Part 1 - The Warning Signs
- Part 2 - Alcohol Rehab
- Part 3 - Alcohol Rehab, Continued
- Teen Alcohol abuse Part 4: After Rehab