How to Get Your Child into Rehab

How to Get Your Child into Rehab

Addiction can be hard to spot at first, so be aware of any sudden changes in behavior

One of the biggest challenges you can face as a parent is to see your child struggle with addiction. It’s normal to feel like blaming yourself and you might even feel helpless in the situation. But it is best not to beat yourself up or to focus on mistakes that have been made. Rather, you should get the information you need to accept the situation. Instead of focusing on past, you must focus on today so you can embrace the future.

Recovery is a journey and all journeys start with the first steps.

Know the Warning Signs of Addiction

Addiction can be hard to spot at first, so be aware of any sudden changes in behavior, such as staying out late at night or a drop off in grades. In some cases, some other symptoms could be a change in mood or personality. If someone who is normally laid back in personality becomes very anxious, this could be a sign of addiction. If you notice any physical changes, such as odd smells, shifts in sleep patterns or bloodshot eyes these could be indicators of substance abuse.

Be Honest and Direct with Your Child

If you find out that your son or daughter is in fact addicted to drugs or alcohol, don’t ignore their behavior. Don’t just assume it is a phase or just normal partying. Talk to your child about the behavior and be as open as possible. If you—or another family member—has struggled with substance abuse, now could be a great time to bring it up. This is where honesty can really help. Talk about the mental and physical health concerns you have regarding substance abuse. Statistics show that more than half of the alcohol consumed by adults in the United States is in the form of binge drinking. Or maybe it is not alcohol related— the states the overdose rates for prescription drugs, such as Xanax, have increased five fold since 1980. This is a very serious situation, so be sure to communicate how important this is to your loved one. Tell your child the rules you have for the house. Be firm and clear.

Allow Your Child to Experience Consequences

If the rules are not followed, there must be consequences for his or her actions. Do not make empty or hollow threats as that just takes away credibility. Don’t cover for your son or daughter in school or work. Over time, the individual will start to see what the addiction is doing to his life and make the connection that life is out of control. This is often referred to as “rock bottom.” You may need to schedule an intervention—possibly multiple interventions—where you meet with the addict and explain how the substance abuse is fracturing your relationship with him. In some cases, you may need the help of an interventionist who has professional training in this area. An interventionist can offer a lot of help if the intervention is successful by planning the different rehab options. An interventionist can also help family members if the intervention is not successful. The recovery process does not always look the same for each individual; in some cases, an addict will willingly go to treatment on his own. In other cases, it may take several intervention attempts before your child goes into treatment.

Your Child Must Decide to Go

You cannot force your child into recovery. Obviously you can help guide the individual, support him and be an example to him, but you cannot make the decision for him. This is one of the most difficult aspects of the disease of addiction. Do not be afraid to seek professional help for yourself. Recovery is not an overnight process; entering rehab is just part of the lifelong journey. Because of the nature of addiction, it helps to have support from others who have experienced the same situations. This is why there are some fantastic support groups for the family members of addicts. Nar-Anon is a support community specifically for the families of narcotic addicts. Al-Anon is a similar community just for the family and friends of alcoholics.

Take Care of Yourself

In many cases, it is common for a parent to neglect her own well being when a child has an addiction. Exercise regularly as it has many proven health effects to help you both physically and mentally. Find a way to relieve your stress or it can pile up inside you. Creativity can be a great way to express your emotions. Activities such as painting, journaling or even music can be a great way to relieve stress. And don’t forget about talk therapy as a session with a counselor can really help you get clarity, support and encouragement. If you would like to talk to someone right now about your child’s addiction to Xanax, please call our toll-free helpline. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to help you. If you would like to know more about the intervention process or how you can get your child into treatment, we can help you with these areas as well. Please know you’re not alone. You can get the help you need today just by picking up the phone.

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If you are ready to beat a Xanax addiction and start a new life in recovery then we can help. We have admission counselors standing by 24 hours a day to take your email, live chat request, or phone call to get you in the addiction treatment center that best fits your unique & specific needs.