Responding to Drug Abuse 5

This week we’ve been looking at five steps to take if you have a teen who’s abusing drugs or alcohol. Here’s step number five – Get treatment. A qualified professional will work with parents to prescribe a course of treatment that’s appropriate to the severity of the substance abuse problem. Teenagers with more severe problems should be directed to an ongoing treatment program. Outpatient care is a cost-effective way for teens to continue with the regular activities of life while addressing their substance abuse problems. Inpatient care is a comprehensive approach to treatment recommended for teens who need intensive support, supervision, and education. Look for a successful and highly regarded Christian-based treatment program that involves the family in the counseling and recovery process. Finally, the counseling program should have a good follow-up plan that addresses the possibility of a relapse.