If your son or daughter is struggling with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, you may have tried to persuade them to go into treatment. If they have finally agreed to participate in a treatment plan, or if you are interested in learning strategies to increase their odds of accepting treatment, you may feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, rehabilitation centers offer different types of individualized care to suit anyone’s needs. In addition to this, intervention services may also be available to help convince your child to get the care they need to avoid serious complications to their health, legal standing and personal relationships.
If you have not been able to reach your child regarding their addiction, intervention can be a highly beneficial tool. It works by offering a safe and non-judgmental space where friends and family members can share their feelings towards the addicted loved one. Intervention has one goal– get the affected individual into treatment immediately. Sometimes, ultimatums may be used to accomplish this goal. If your child is under the age of 18, intervention may not be necessary. As their parent, you may be able to have them start a recovery program with or without their consent. Regardless of which situation applies to your child, treatment offers many benefits.
For starters, rehabilitation can take place in a residential or outpatient format. Residential care provides a change of environment and 24/7 supervision which significantly reduce the risk of relapse. Outpatient care on the other hand operates during the day or night after which patients are able to go home and practice what they have learned. While inpatient treatment is associated with the highest overall success rate, outpatient treatment may be a good option for anyone with short term addiction, a strong support system in place at home and a strong desire to recover from addiction. Both types of treatments offer similar amenities and services, which may include the following:
- Individual counseling
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
All of these options focus on different aspects of addiction. For example, individual counseling allows your child to confide in a therapist in a private space where he or she can talk about anything that is on their mind. Therapists are available to help them work through problems in a healthy way and can also aid in the development of coping skills. Family therapy on the other hand addresses the entire family as a whole and seeks to heal hurt relationships while educating all members on the nature of addiction. Group therapy may also involve family members and friends. It provides a safe space for all patients to socialize and share their experiences while following exercises or activities that are led by a therapist. Lastly, cognitive behavioral therapy seeks to identify and replace self-destructive behaviors with healthier alternatives.
Regardless of which format your family finds most beneficial, there are a few things you can do to aid your child in his or her recovery process.
How to Nurture Recovery
Once your child begins a treatment plan, you can help them on their path to recovery by offering unconditional love and support. Part of this requires you to not bring up old behaviors or actions associated with your child’s addiction. Judgement and guilt do not nurture recovery and can actually have an opposite effect on the entire process. Instead, act as a strong source of support for your child and offer to participate in their treatment plan. Many rehabilitation programs integrate family activities such as therapy, meetings and even social events to help everyone heal from the effects of addiction.
Another critical step you can take is to learn everything you can about the nature of addiction. It is important to keep in mind that addiction is a chronic disease. It can impact both the mind and body. Like any other disease, it requires professional treatment in order to overcome. While your son or daughter is in rehabilitation, you can work with their addiction specialist or therapist to educate yourself about addiction. Doing this is an excellent way to overcome feelings of guilt as well. Many parents blame themselves for their child’s addiction, but in reality it is a disease that can impact anyone, regardless of their background.
Lastly, you should also take care of your own well being while your child is working on theirs. One way to accomplish this is to participate in community based groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon. Both of these options are designed for the family members of addicted individuals. They can be an excellent source of support and understanding. You can share your feelings and experiences with other people also affected by addiction in a safe and non-judgmental space.
Once your child completes treatment, aftercare services can help him or her transition back into their usual routine seamlessly. It may continue to provide support in the form of meetings with a specialist, therapy and group meetings. Aftercare may also encourage your family to participate in community based programs. These are an excellent option worth considering because they offer support and motivation whenever it is needed. Meetings are easy to find and free of cost as well. Many people in recovery continue to play an active role in community based programs long after their treatment. This is because they can increase self accountability and provide a healthy outlet for socialization to replace old ones associated with addiction. In addition to this, long term members act as mentors to newcomers and can be a source of encouragement by showing them that recovery works if you stay active in it.
If your family is affected by addiction, you should know that help is within reach. Getting treatment for your child may be easier than you think. To learn more about rehabilitation services, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our compassionate team of addiction specialists are available to take your call 24/7. Call 877-978-3148 today!