Daniel Rubin, of Rubin Counseling, shares his best advice for parents with teens struggling with addiction.
What myths are associated with teen addiction?
That teens will outgrow their addiction. Parents think, ”This is just a high school thing, but once they get to college, or once they get a job, it will be better.”
How can parents tell if their teen is struggling with an addiction?
Look for changes in behavior. Individuals in active addiction are focused on being able to use, so all other things will become less important.
If a teen is struggling with an addiction, how can parents support him/her?
Go to the source and ask the teen how can they help. I recommend counseling, self-help groups, and building the biggest support network as possible. As a parent, let your teen know that you are here to help, not to punish them.
What would you say to a teen with an addiction?
Admitting you have an issue with drugs or alcohol does not have to become your identity. Addiction does not have to define you. You will find people who accept you regardless. You can do it.