Change is difficult – it is difficult for parents as well as teenagers. Perhaps the biggest key to helping your child is to model behaviors that you wish to see them adopt. This is particularly true with relation to your personal substance use and the decision to follow through with ASAP treatment recommendations. If teens believe their parents see value in treatment, they are more likely to benefit. After all, research shows that the best predictors of success in substance use treatment are quick enrollment, attendance at all sessions, and completion of a program.
Although they may not fit all family’s needs, the following pointers can help parents improve the likelihood of success while engaging in ASAP treatment:
- Be a positive role model by exhibiting healthy behaviors and a willingness to acknowledge your faults.
- Set clear limits with your child with an expectation for total abstinence.
- Encourage your child to engage in new activities.
- Share meals together, without cell phones or other distractions.
- Plan for dedicated family time or activities.
- Talk to your child about their friends and help them identify which of their friends are true supportive relationships and which are “using buddies.”
- Attend Nar-anon or Al-anon meetings while encouraging your child to attend 12-step meetings.
- Establish clear about rules and expectations for your child’s behavior.
- Discuss your child’s issues with trusted others.
- Allow your child to experience the natural consequences of their substance use.
Although setting limits with your teenager can be difficult, it is imperative to helping them live a life in recovery. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to ASAP at 513.792.1272.