No parent wants to hear that their kids have experimented with drugs and/or alcohol, and it’s even more distressing when you find out that your kid is addicted to drugs or alcohol, or both. If this is the case, it may be necessary to enroll your child in an adolescent drug and alcohol treatment program. For a child, and especially an adolescent, peer pressure is a very real and very powerful force. If the cool kids are tempting your child who is going through any kind of treatment, that may be all that’s required to cause your child to relapse. For this reason, and a few others, you should consider enrolling your child in a residential drug and alcohol treatment program where they will be monitored constantly while undergoing continuous treatment.
Adolescents are sneaky. Your child could probably tell you they were refraining from drugs and/or alcohol and that they’re doing perfectly. It’s only after going through their clothes while doing laundry, or by hearing from the grapevine, or even from catching them in the act, that you find out your child has been lying through his or her teeth. They’ve been engaging in their destructive behavior the entire time and have been hiding it from you. This is another reason why a residential drug and alcohol treatment is so effective. There’s no way your child can even access the substances, let alone hide them from you. However, it’s common for kids to attempt to bring these things into the residential drug and alcohol treatment program. They will be searched and constantly monitored so hopefully this doesn’t happen but you should have a talk with your child to make sure they won’t be tempted in case they are ever faced with substances inside the facility.
Relapses can and do happen. When drugs, alcohol, or both, have such a hold on someone, it can be hard to shake that habit. It gets to be where that’s all the person can think about. When your child goes away to a residential drug and alcohol treatment program, it’s likely they’re going to do everything they can to try to buck the system. They’re going to reject treatment at all costs and so they may take a little more time to become rehabilitated. They need your support. If they fall behind, help them up and get them into the residential drug and alcohol treatment program once again. It may be a long road, but it’s necessary and they’re well worth it.