When people think of drug rehab or a treatment facility, they often picture adult treatments. Though there are many adult treatment centers, there are also quite a few out there for younger people. Adolescent rehab can be something that saves your son or daughter. If you have a child who is struggling with drug addiction, they aren’t alone. Don’t hesitate to consider placing them into treatment. You may think that you can handle it on your own or that they will grow out of this phase, but why risk it? Why not give them a chance to change their future? A short stay at a treatment facility can change their life forever. There are differences in treatment when dealing with youth. Here are a few of them.
When youth are sent to treatment, they are still expected to receive their education. The majority of treatment centers include schooling. They have special classes or packets that your child can do in order to stay caught up in school while they are there. This is a common concern for parents, but it is one that is unnecessary.
The willingness of your child may make a difference in what type of treatment facility they enter. The majority of adults admit themselves to treatment, but youth are often pushed or prodded by parents. If you talk to your child and they seem fairly willing to go to treatment and do the work, they would probably thrive in a less restrictive facility. If you know that your child is going to resist at every turn, you should probably find a place that has more staff and more training in how to deal with resistance, defiance, and run away incidents. The less willing your child is to participate in treatment, the longer it will take.
You may want to consider whether or not it would be beneficial to have your child in a place with only their gender. Some kids would do just fine going to group therapy with both boys and girls, but many would be more comfortable in a same-sex facility. There are many different adolescent rehab facilities that will have different programs, including different ideas on the benefits or drawbacks of gender seclusion.
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