Hello! In this post, I want to share some information about treatment for substance abuse.
If you are the parent of a child who is struggling with addiction, please do not hesitate to seek professional help. When it comes to child addicts, parents or legal guardians can check their minor dependents into a rehabilitation center, even if the child is resistant. Here is what treatment options look like at most rehabilitation facilities.
In-patient or Outpatient
One of your first choices as a parent is whether you would like your child to undergo treatment onsite as an in-patient or receive outpatient treatment. Outpatients experience the same treatment as in-patients, and living at home might be the best option for children who have strong support at home and have great anxiety about staying onsite. But for severe cases of addiction that require detox, or for children who are likely to be triggered by their home environment or outside influences (like friends), an in-patient stay is recommended.
At your admissions appointment, you will meet with one of our doctors and a counselor to discuss your symptoms, review your options, and determine the best course of treatment for you. They will ask you several questions about your symptoms and drug use habits. You will not have any legal repercussions for your answers, and it is in your best interest to answer as honestly and thoroughly as possible so your doctor can make the best-informed recommendation for you. Patients often progress to outpatient status upon completing an in-patient program for further treatment and adjust to sobriety in their daily lives.
How Long is Treatment?
The length of your child’s treatment will depend on your child’s unique needs. Most facilities have doctors and counselors who will make a recommendation based on your child’s intake interview and symptoms, but the decision will be in your control. The average in-patient stay is between 30 and 90 days, but can be a short as a few days or as long as over a year.
What Does Treatment Look Like?
In many cases the first phase of treatment is detox. It is highly recommended to detox as an in-patient because trained professionals can help keep your child detox as safely and comfortably as possible. If needed, doctors can prescribe medication to help your child taper off drugs. Once detox is complete, therapy can begin. Most facilities use a combination of both group and individual therapy sessions to teach your child the necessary tools to handle life and emotions without drugs.