If you have a child who is suffering from addiction, your first reaction may be to keep it quiet. You may feel that it is a private issue that should be handled “in-house” to avoid others hearing about it.This is not advisable. Attempting to handle a child’s addiction on your own will only result in frustration, for both you and the child. No matter how hard you try to hide it, your frustration will eventually become evident, which will only make the situation worse.
For this reason, as soon as you are aware that an addiction problem exists, you should seek immediate help. The sooner you do so, the sooner the underlying issues that may have caused the addiction—depression, being bullied, having low self-esteem, or even succumbing to peer pressure—will come to light, and the faster treatment can begin.
When looking for drug addiction treatment for the addicted child, consider drug treatment centers that specialize in treating addiction in children and adolescents. These facilities have counselors who are trained to communicate with young residents in ways that will help them see that they have a problem, but that it is one that can be overcome.
If you aren’t sure where to look, you can go online and enter “child addiction treatment in…” and fill in your state’s name. This way you will receive information on treatment facilities in your area. In California, you’ll find information about top rehabilitation centers. For more specific results, visit MichaelsHouse.com for more information.
From there, you can contact these facilities and inquire about the different programs that are offered, how long the programs last, and whether or not they are in-patient (the child remains at the facility 24/7 for a specific period of time) out-patient (the child goes to the facility for a certain number of hours each day, but returns home each night) or a combination of both. You can then decide which program will be best for your addicted child.