You knew something was wrong. Your relationship with your child has changed, and not for the better. Their behaviors have gotten them in personal and legal trouble. You don’t see them much anymore. They are hanging out with some people that seem dicey. Your medications and alcohol disappear when they do come for a visit. They can’t seem to hold down a job, stay in school or do anything constructive with their lives. And you’ve finally realized that your child’s behavior is based on more than just enjoying a party or two now and then. They have an addiction to drugs or alcohol. But what can you do to help them? Let’s take a closer look at some options and information that will help you help your teenagers and adult children gain a better life, free of drugs and alcohol dependency.
Why Should Your Child Go to Rehab?
You don’t know your child’s level of addiction. They may be a reasonably new addict or may have been drinking or using for a longer time than you realize. Your adult child may have even tried unsuccessfully to stop using drugs and alcohol by alone. But let’s face it, getting through addiction is tough. Going it alone rarely works, and may be dangerous, as well.
Opiates are the latest favorite drug of modern users, so let’s take a look at opiate withdrawal symptoms. Opiate withdrawal symptoms include, from least to worst traits, are:
• Anxiety and restlessness.
• Muscle aches.
• Runny eyes and nose.
• Yawning with an inability to sleep.
• Diarrhea and abdominal cramping.
• Nausea and vomiting.
• Dilated pupils and blurry vision.
• Increased heartbeat.
• Increased blood pressure.
• Possible seizures.
Some people think that all an alcoholic needs to do to get clean and sober are to quit drinking. This simplistic thinking is not correct, as an alcoholic goes through significant bodily trauma as they withdraw from alcohol. Some of the symptoms of alcohol may start as soon as six hours after the last drink and include:
• Anxiety and shaking.
• A headache.
• Nausea and vomiting.
• Increased heart rate and blood pressure.
Professional assistance is needed when your teen or adult child goes through any withdrawal, be it alcohol or drugs. A highly qualified rehab center can help your child successfully and safely complete withdrawal and start a clean and sober life.
What to Expect from a Qualified Treatment Center
Detox, individual counseling, group therapy, sober group living, and aftercare are all phases of a certified and qualified treatment center. We’ve already discussed why assisted detox is necessary. So now let’s examine the recovery phases offered by a qualified drug and alcohol treatment center.
Individual counseling and group counseling remain crucial to staying sober and drug-free for the long haul. Your loved one will learn why they got into their chemical of choice in the first place during individual counseling. They will also learn coping skills for cravings and ways to live the sober life well. Family counseling may also be included in this process to rebuild personal and family relationships. Group counseling also gives your loved one the chance to learn coping skills, and gain insight from one addict to another with love and understanding. The best guidance is often from a person who has been through the same experience. So having a group that has been down the road to recovery before can clue you in on upcoming pitfalls and help you through them. Counseling will help your adult child or teen heal their relationship with themselves and with the rest of the family.
Sober Living and Aftercare
Thirty days in rehab is a start to a sober life, but it isn’t the end. Aftercare remains the beginning of your family member’s ability to live a sober lifestyle with others and go back into the world to make a happy new life.
The primary miracle that occurs through drug and alcohol rehab remains the feeling that your teen’s life has been transformed. But to keep this feeling of transformation going, your adult child or teen will need to continue the positive path that that started with detox and counseling. To keep this positive path going, they’ll need to participate in aftercare and extended care. Also, to prevent relapses, a person needs a safe place to practice the skills that they have learned in rehab counseling. One of the ways this practice continues is through a sober living house or program. Your child’s rehab team has been monitoring your child’s progress and has a good idea about what keeps you on the sober path and what are your child’s downfalls.
Aftercare programs help the recovering addict to:
• Learn to live the clean and sober life at a sober house. These houses provide a recovering addict with a safe place to live, continue their programs, and participate in caring for themselves and the place where they live. They also learn to live in community with others, which is a lifelong skill everyone needs.
• Make healthy choices about their lifestyles, behaviors, and relationships.
• Reinforce the sober skills they learned during treatment, especially when it comes to strong emotions and dealing with stress.
• Recognize their triggers and avoid them.
• Recognize the dangers of relapse and seek help quickly if one occurs.
• By introducing the person to a support system of groups and continuing therapy to continue their sober success. Continued family counseling remains an excellent choice for families working together to gain continued living a drug and alcohol-free life.
Don’t try to deal with your adult or teenage child’s addiction alone. We are here to provide you with the assistance you need to help your child get clean and sober safely and for the long haul. Contact us for more information at 877-497-6180. We are here for you with counselors to help at any time of the day or night.