When you find out your teenager has been doing drugs or alcohol it can feel like such a failure. But when you discover that their drug use and drinking is more than just a social thing, when you discover they are addicts it can feel hopeless and crushing. More than failure, when you find out your child is an addict it can feel terrifying. Here are some things you should know about your adolescents addiction.

  1. They probably don’t want to use anymore. They sat through lectures and PSA’s regarding drug use and the damage it can cause. At first your teenager may have started using because they got something from using the drug, maybe an emotional numbing, or a sense of euphoria, that makes taking the drug worth the risk of the damage it can cause. But they kept using because their bodies began needing the drug. Most people, even teenagers wish they could get off the substances they are addicted to, but need medically supervised detoxification because self detox can prove to be quite dangerous. Medical professionals can monitor your teenagers physical wellbeing as they guide the detox process.
  2. They can’t stop even if they want to. Someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol when the body becomes accustomed to the substance and actively gets ill when the substance isn’t consumed. Withdrawal symptoms can vary in severity depending on how long your teenager has been using the substance and how much they consumed. If your teen is addicted to a substance they may want to stop, but cannot because they get sick when they stop using. If this is the case and you are in the New Jersey area, seek out addiction treatment in NJ immediately!
  3. Discovery InstituteThis isn’t your fault, and they’re not trying to hurt you. Adolescence is a very difficult time. A teenager’s hormone flux and social pressures creates a perfect storm as your child becomes a young adult. As they begin to feel more intense feelings and connect more deeply in their relationships they will need a way to process and soothe their tempest mind.  Some teenagers seek out different ways to cope with the flooding emotions. Some of them find drugs and alcohol. When you discover your child’s addiction remember to act with unconditional care and love, both toward your teen and toward yourself. The most important thing is to love your child and take care of yourself through the process of getting help. You didn’t do this, and they aren’t doing this to you. You both deserve love and compassion.

If your teenager has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, seek out detox treatment and rehab in New Jersey. Sober living in New Jersey is possible for your teenager. Call today to find out about our programs. 844-478-6563

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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