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Will Rehab Be Right My Son Or Daughter?
Having a child that is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction is a difficulty that no parent wants to endure. Your son or daughter is going through something that you may not fully understand, but you, as well, are taking on the nightmare that is addiction, while your child persists in dependency. The heartbreak that comes with knowing your child needs professional help is very heavy, but there can always be a bright side to change that you could soon discover.
Your child’s illness may be beyond control in terms of what he or she can do alone. Seeking sobriety is something that most addicted individuals wish for at some point or another, but the fact is drugs or alcohol change brain chemistry drastically, they create new and unyielding thought processes, and worse, they alter sensibility in the brain, making rationalization nearly impossible. With all of this said and the more elaborate changes that occur within the mind, you must strive to find some sense of sympathy for what your child is suffering.
Is there a Fix?
Foremost in breaking ground and working to get your son or daughter the necessary treatment required is knowing that your child is not broken. Presenting a “fix” for his or her problem is beneficial but may not be the underlying reason for the initial drug or alcohol use. Addiction is something that commonly runs much deeper than we can sometimes see. Looking at your child and the struggles of life he or she has undertaken, it may become clear to you that at some point, life was simply too hard.
Young people, those with much less life experience, are usually much more fraught with emotional unrest. Through young eyes, life’s problems look bigger and on small shoulders, they can feel much heavier. Try to remember how childhood and young adulthood felt. If your child is a grown adult who has struggled with addiction for many years, also realise that addiction and drug abuse delays development and maturation. The adult child may have the mentality of a 20-year-old when he or she is in fact 40. Sad, but true, he or she will need help getting over this illness that has attacked their brain for so long.
Will Rehab Help?
Seeking treatment isn’t always as easy as making a phone call and checking your child in. There are so many options for treatment programs, with attention to specifics in therapy types and services offered that are available to view here at the in-recovery.com website. Every person is different and your child may have a different need from someone else with a similar addiction problem.
Making sure your addicted child is getting the best treatment for his or her needs should be a top priority. Traditional rehab in an inpatient or outpatient setting can absolutely lend to your son or daughter making way toward recovery. Rehab facilities usually begin treating patients by assisting them in detoxification. Your child’s body will be weaned off of the addicting substance and medical professionals will help in restoring their health.
Commonly, nutrition, rest, and exercise will be implemented into his or her daily routine, while the focal points of the program are established. Therapies and engaging group sessions keep spirits up while more intensive activities that present healthy challenges also occur throughout the schedule.
Rehab will help your child in that it will provide a good platform on which to begin seeking sobriety. Though the program may not be perfect and the desire to go is commonly out of reach, your child will likely benefit from a stint in rehab treatment as it will display what life can be like without addiction. It will also help your child to realize that he or she are not alone, and that others struggle with addiction in similar ways, but that addiction should not be left to control his or her life.
Is there a Better Way?
There are many ways to treat addiction that some will say are better than others. Mostly, everything in addiction treatment programs can be subjective as each person with his or her illness is unique. What you can ponder on, is what may benefit your child in terms of treatment style. You know if your son or daughter enjoys the outdoors and you can therefore determine that Holistic or Wilderness-based addiction treatment may be a better option for them.
Think about who your child is, and what positive influences have played a big part of their life. You may have your own ideas about the best form of therapy or rehab for your child, but now is the time to think about what YOU may think is best based on your own personal opinion, and instead think of what would be best for your child based on their individual needs, preferences, and future goals. If he or she wants to be for example, a photographer professionally, maybe you may think it’s an unwise career path, but also know that art therapy can probably help them in getting to a point of recovery.
A “better way” for your child to receive treatment for addiction is possible, and any traditional rehab is going to be a move in the right direction. Enrolling in a general rehab now, can be a stepping stone for helping your child get into something more tailored for his or her need further on down the road.
Helping Your Child
To ease your way into helping your child, or to even step in when addiction has posed an immediate threat, take to heart the following steps and make it easier for both you and your child, as you approach the need for treatment. Know that there may be resentment from him or her when you voice your opinion about his or her problems, but remaining calm, cool, and collected is the only way to move forward without your goal blowing up in your face.
Approach Your Child with Care
The only good way to get through to someone who is mentally altered by addiction is to speak in a way that promotes health and happiness. This means never turning into the angry parent, never name-call, and never being pushy in a non-constructive way.
Good ways of approaching your child would be over dinner or during a nice occasion where you might use a positive moment as an example for how life could be in the future.
Try To Make A Good Argument Without Arguing:
The best way to sort out priorities and make sure you explain why treatment is a good option to your child is to listen while you’re speaking. Your child will likely may ignore what you have to say, but arguing will only make things more difficult. Listen and be patient, while also communicating in an effective and responsible manner.
Speak Of Options And The Future:
Remind your son or daughter that there can be a future in sight. Let your child know that life outside of addiction can be amazing and that relationships and other broken components to life can be repaired. Also make it known that options for treatment are vast and that getting into something that suits them will make treatment more comfortable. There is HOPE for Everyone!
Remind Them That You Love Them:
“Why” will always come into question when approaching the subject of rehab. Make sure that your child understands that your desire to get them into treatment is not because you’re upset with them, but because you love them and you care about their life and wellbeing. Also make sure you let them know that any anger that occurred in the past didn’t mean that you lost any love for them, rather than your sadness during his or her struggle made emotions more difficult to handle.
Give Help & Support:
Let your child know that you are proud of his or her decision to make steps to get into treatment, and that you believe in them, and that you will always be in support of their recovery. Tell him or her that tomorrow is a new day and that there is so much life left to live. Make sure he or she knows that if sobriety ever slips from their hands, you’ll be there helping them to get back on track.
Your Child Will Need You:
While your child goes through the difficulties of seeking sobriety and healing, he or she will need you for support. Help them when you’re able, but remember, you can’t always do it alone. There is help you need as you look for the best resources for treatment available. Let someone help you as you get your child the care they need. Ask for help.
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