Teenage drug addiction. How to help and not harm. A guide for parents.
10.05.2019 - Addiction, Articles, Interviews
“Drug addiction is a compulsive use of illicit or prescription medication, that often people use despite building negative consequences in their life. So what starts as a fun activity, at some point they cross the line and the fun becomes something more serious, it starts to take over their life, the decision-making, and they begin to lose things: the relationships, the trust from the family members…”, explains Dean Gustar, head of Addiction Services in The Kusnacht Practice.
Chronic drug abuse can have catastrophic short- and long-term effects on an individual’s mental and physical health. They can differ depending on the type of substance, how often and how much of it is taken and the person’s general health. Overall, the consequences of drug abuse and dependence can be far-reaching: lung disease, stroke, brain damage, heart conditions and death. We’ll try to explain what to do step by step.
Try to talk. Choose the right moment. Try to make it a comfortable time for yourself and your teenager. Do not lecture or moralize, but listen to what your child has to say.
Get to know your child’s friends. “Peer pressure is one of the most important factors affecting the consumption of drugs among young people. A person whose friends have easy access to drugs or take drugs are much more likely to try this behaviour“, explains Dean Gustar.
Be a good role model. Although this may seem unlikely, children look up to their parents and learn from them. They imitate them unconsciously. You should not underestimate your influence on the child.
Encourage openness. Listen to what your child is interested in, what is important to them. Encourage them to talk about themselves, get to know them.
Do not panic. If your child is using drugs, stay calm, talk to them. Show love and care, not anger.
And visit a specialist with a child, suggest drug rehab for teens. Drugs and some medicines not only act destructively on the young body, but also affect the child’s behaviour and its cognitive abilities. Psychiatrists, therapists and psychologists may be an indispensable link between you and your child in this difficult situation.
They will suggest solutions to the problem tailored to the individual situation of the addicted person. The sooner you decide to visit a specialist, the greater the chance for a child to recover.
If your child has a problem with addictions or depression, we encourage you to contact our rehabilitation and treatment center – The Kusnacht Practice.
Thankfully, through scientific advances, we know how drugs affect the brain and how to treat addiction. Through a variety of therapy methods available at The Kusnacht Practice, we provide individual care of withdrawal symptoms, submit a tailor-made treatment strategy and work to modify behaviour to prevent recurrence. Below you can find the list of the most effective methods of therapy.
- Biomolecular restoration
- Clinical hypnotherapy
- Psychotherapy / Cognitive Therapy
- Family Systems Therapy
- Mindfulness work
- Positive psychology
- Satori Chair sessions
- Somatic Experiencing
- The 12 Steps
- Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Read more about our approach to drug addiction treatment
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