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May 2010

Rising Above Addiction

by Staff, on at risk, at risk youth, at risk youth blog, dropping school, drug intervention, drug rehab, finding right treatment, Rising Above Addiction, teen dropping, teen dropping school, teen intervention

There are a great number of people out there that has some form of addiction, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or even eating. The fastest growing number of drug addicts is seen in teenagers, which is an alarming fact. Even a more alarming fact is that 90% of the teenagers that have a drug addiction won’t admit it to themselves that they have a problem, they are simply unaware of that fact. So most of the times an intervention is needed to rise above the addiction.

Intervention is usually when family and friends gather to confront the member that has an addiction problem and try to convince him that he or she needs help. There are two parts of intervention, the talk and the action. Talk is when you discuss the problem with the person that has a substance abuse problem and making that person realize that he or she needs help, after that getting the issue in the open. Action is when you step up to the actual rehab program and try to get the harder part out of the way.

The talk, the first part, needs preparations. You need to have a plan of approach, sometimes it’s hard coming up with one all by yourself, so other members of the family and friends might help you deal with that. But maybe the best idea is to consult a professional, a doctor or a pediatrician, or even a school counselor. It might be a good idea to bring a professional to the intervention, they have experience with that sort of a situation and they might present a big help in getting rid of the addiction.

It is very important to pick the timing, you need to be sure that your child is clean headed and sober when you talk to him or her. You won’t get anywhere if you try to talk to your kid when he is high or coming down. It’s also important to pick the right place, so your home or some secluded private place would be the best option.
Then comes the hardest part, the actual talk. You need to remain calm at all times; you also need to reassure your teen child that you love him and that you are there for him. Once you present your concern and make everything clear on your side be sure to listen to what your child has to say, don’t leave him hanging after you said what you had. Once the talk is over the action part start, and that is finding the right help.

Finding the right treatment is never easy, and it depends on the situation. Your kid has the best chance of finding the right treatment if you first take him to an assessment. During the treatment you need to provide support for your child 24/7, but at the same time you need to think about yourself and how all of this affects you. In the end what good will it do if your child is clean on the cost of your own health? Staff