Teen drug abuse is a cycle that is hard to break. But parents break easily when their children become dependent on drug use and there seems to be so little that they can do. What solutions are available for them to use? Are punishments and privileges taken away really useful tools?
When your children continue to get high and efforts on your part have no effect, home life gets more and more stressful and volatile. Perhaps, the first step to recovery will come when you admit the fact that your child is addicted to drugs. You might, at that point, be willing to take part in a TEEN INTERVENTION program. Let your child know that you are willing to do everything you can to help them overcome the drug addiction, but you will no longer enable them.
Obviously, there is no easy solution to this problem in our homes today, but one thing is for certain. Teen drug addicts NEED ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET. There is a toll free addiction treatment center helpline if you want to call for help (1-888-757-6237). And the internet also has many places you can go to for help and healing.
Depression and drug abuse can go hand-in-hand and a good checklist might include: appetite or weight change, a sleeping pattern change, wringing of the hands and restlessness, a loss of energy, feelings of guilt or shame, feelings of hopelessness, and a change of friends or character.
Alcohol and other drug abuse has been found to occur sometime between the hours of 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Those are the hours right after school and just before parents come home from work. This presents a good reason for your child to be participating in extracurricular activities.
Is there a relationship between religion, drug abuse, and recovery? There ARE studies (including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) which have shown that populations who have religious beliefs have lowered their chances of substance abuse. One reason for some of these religious “protective factors” could be values like respect, forgiveness, honesty, and the availability of supportive groups – especially when the addicted teen is recovering and a void in their life is needing to be filled.
A comforting Bible quote that should be helpful is from Isaiah 41:10: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
The teen addicts, along with their families and communities, would do well to remember that we have all become new in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) and we all need to lend support to each other.