Helping Your Teen with Drug Rehab
Recovering from drugs can be painful for adults and teens alike, and that is why there is a Christian Rehab program. Every recovery program recognizes the need for the addict to recognize a higher power. Christian treatment programs use the power of God to help the addict to recover. This works great for people who have had God in their life or for those who know that God exists.
Teens may have a harder time recovering from drug use because it is hard for them to feel in control, many of the situations in which they may have used drugs are seemingly unchangeable, and their body chemistry is still in flux making them more susceptible to dependence on the drug.
In America, the conception is that teens are just a bunch of sex-starved, spoiled brats who wouldn’t know a good thing if it hit them on the head. Thus, they are given neither responsibilities nor constructive ways to use their time that occupy both the physical and the mental. Adults are apt to suggest things that the teen can do when the teen says that he or she is bored, but the list that teens are generally given includes only boring things. Doing something boring does not make anyone less bored – it just makes them bored and busy.
Situations trigger the desire for drugs. If a teen was smoking outside the boy’s locker room after gym, then it is likely that he or she will crave a cigarette after gym class. These are the hardest cravings to fight. Certain friends will also trigger the desire for the teen to do drugs. That makes a habit very hard to kick, especially when the teen identity is so tied up in his or her friends. Making a clean break means more than just stopping the drug use. It also means losing friends and finding things to do that fill the space where there used to be drug use, and parents should not expect that place to be filled with homework and chores. Teens are still rebellious and tend to push back against situations that they view as unfair.
The hardest thing for Christian drug treatment programs to deal with is the teens own body chemistry. Once it has been changed due to chemical use or abuse, the teen’s body chemistry struggles to gain a healthy balance. Drugs attack the same receptacles as the chemicals that the body manufactures to make it feel good. The body then produces fewer of these chemicals creating a situation where the teen can become depressed and feel suicidal. Without any ups to combat the downs life becomes more difficult than anyone can imagine. Having the help of the right program can help the teen come back to the family.