Despite decades of initiatives aimed at informing teens of the dangers of underage drinking and drug use, teen substance abuse continues to be a serious and widespread issue. Teen substance abuse services do more than help a teen get back on track—professional help provides support and healing for the entire family.
Foothills at Red Oak Recovery is a substance use treatment program designed to help teen boys overcome substance use. To learn more about getting help for your son, call 866.300.5275 today and ask about the programs available at Foothills at Red Oak Recovery.
Teen Substance Abuse Impacts the Whole Family
Teen substance abuse disorder takes a serious toll on a teen’s well-being and often indicates the presence of untreated mental health concerns.
However, teen substance use harms more than just the teenager. It has a direct impact on each family member as well as on the overall dynamics within a family unit.
Trying to help a teenager who is using substances puts a serious emotional strain on parents. This strain often affects the relationships between spouses and naturally impacts the well-being of siblings and any other members of the household.
Exploring Family Dynamics Is a Necessary Part of Treatment
A key part of effective substance use treatment is examining environmental and social factors and how they contribute to or detract from overall well-being.
For teenagers, the primary social and environmental factors consist of the family structure. Since teenagers are still largely dependent on their parents, addressing family dynamics is necessary for treating teen substance use.
Family relationships serve as the initial template for the relationships that are formed throughout life. Exploring feelings toward family members can play a central role in untangling elements that contribute both to substance use and mental and emotional health concerns.
How Families Benefit from Substance Abuse Treatment
Teen substance abuse treatment is designed to address all areas in a teen’s life that contribute to substance use. Teens are guided to gain self-awareness around their stressors, triggers, and reasons for substance use.
Addressing factors that impact a teen’s well-being is impossible without taking a close look at family dynamics, communication styles, and other factors that originate within the family unit.
Teen treatment typically involves family therapy sessions. These provide the opportunity for all family members to come together under the professional guidance of a therapist and explore how family relationships can be healed and strengthened.
During family sessions, all family members are encouraged to take stock of their actions and attitudes and acknowledge how their behaviors have contributed to the family dynamic. At the same time, they’re given an avenue to express frustrations and resentments. Families usually see benefits that include:
- Teen substance use stops
- Communication improves
- Resentments are addressed
- Conflict is managed
- Understanding and empathy increase
- Relationships strengthen
Teen substance use treatment can have a profound impact on the entire family unit, and our treatment center works with parents to facilitate healing for both teens and all members of the family.
Foothills at Red Oak Recovery Helps Families Heal with our Substance Abuse Treatment
Foothills at Red Oak Recovery works with teenage boys struggling with substance abuse disorder. Our programs are uniquely formulated to understand and address the specific factors that lead teen boys to abuse substances.
Involved, understanding family members serve as a support system that can significantly impact teen recovery rates. As parents, siblings, and grandparents learn to support a teen in recovery, the entire family gains the opportunity to improve communication and move forward into stronger, closer relationships.