Resources for parents of at-risk and troubled teens.



March 2011

More Children from Texas Need Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment

by Staff, on abuse, alcohol, drug, substance, teen, teenager, teens, texas, treatment

Many families from Texas discover that their teenager has some type of addiction. It comes as quite a shock, for this is a very serous problem in deed, no matter if alcohol or drugs caused it. In some cases even, teens have problems both with alcohol, and with drugs.


When a teenager finds himself in this situation, it is difficult for him to get back to normal way of life and deal with all the problems without using drugs and alcohol. Parents are often not ready to deal with this trouble, too. This is why we have professional treatments for children alcohol and drug abuse.


Still, family support is very important part of treatment. Further more, treatment is not just for an addict, but is for members of a family, too, as they also suffer. There are support groups for parents where they can learn how to deal with problem and where they will get help so they won’t go through the tough times alone.


Alcohol and drug abuse treatment for children begins and ends up in a home. Parents and other members of family first must unite their strength, to help each other and the addicted one. Meeting with a counselor is necessarily first step, so the treatment can begin efficiently and in a proper way.


Counselors review the specific case and recommend the type of treatment. Choosing the right treatment is crucial to treatment success, and it depends on many conditions. It is far much important that parents should decide about it without counseling professional.


If the teenager still doesn’t know that his parents know the sad truth, counselor may suggest an intervention, which includes involvement of all family members and other people that care about the child with addiction problem. If a child already confected addiction problem, it is important to start with the treatment right away, while he still has the will to fight the addiction.


Family has to prepare for the rough period. Teenagers on treatment go through many changes, mental and emotional, and probably physical pain. There may be times when they will be angry and full of rage, and times where they will be more then happy when they see their parents. Prepare for many yelling, but hugs and tears, too.


While your child is away for treatment, you will also need therapy. Meetings with Texas support groups, guided by professionals, are very helpful for parents in this painful period. You will get tips and guidelines on how to behave when your child comes home, as therapy does not end in an institution.


After-treatment therapy is equally important as hospitalized treatment. Your child will need time to adapt to new informant and learn how to go through troubles without any intoxicating substances. Adaptation is hard, as all habits and friends with bad influences need to be changed. It is very important that you be there for your child, in order to make it easier for him or her, and for yourself. Staff