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Teens notoriously struggle to open up to families and loved ones, and normal teenage hesitancy to discuss feelings can make teen interventions especially difficult.
Special Considerations For Teen Interventions
If you’re considering a teen drug abuse intervention, it’s essential that you take some special steps to lead to the best outcome possible for your situation. Special considerations for teen drug abuse interventions include:
Talking with teens about emotions can be difficult at best. When broaching an extremely sensitive topic like drug and alcohol use, emotions are bound to run high. If parents or other loved ones attempt to conduct an intervention without the help of a professional, it’s easy for anger, frustration, and sadness to run out of control, defeating the purpose of a calm, in-control conversation about treatment.
Teens embarrass easily and may refuse to engage in conversation if people with whom they do not feel comfortable are a part of the intervention team. Talk at length with your professional interventionist about who should be included in the intervention. If your teen uses drugs or alcohol with friends or family members, it’s not a good idea to include them as part of the intervention team. You may want to consider going outside of the family when choosing your intervention team. A trusted coach or a beloved teacher may be able to speak to your teen in a different way than family members and may have a positive effect on the intervention process.
When teens feel trapped or taken by surprise, it’s normal for them to come up with objections and excuses as to why they are unable to commit to treatment. It’s important that you, your family, and your professional interventionist work together to anticipate objections that your teen may have to drug and alcohol treatment. Sports, school, and even events like prom will all be on your teen’s mind as they decide whether they’re willing to attend treatment.
This is tricky, and you’ll need to work with your interventionist to decide whether this is a good idea. If your teen’s drug and alcohol use are known issues, it may make sense to talk with their school administrators and/or their employer to ensure that they’re able to take time away for treatment. If your teen’s drug and alcohol use has been concealed, you may want to take another approach. No matter what you decide, be sure you have a plan that can help your teen step away from their day-to-day responsibilities while they attend drug and alcohol treatment.
As a parent or guardian, it can be devastating to watch your teen seemingly self-destruct before your eyes.
If you see your teen struggling with withdrawal symptoms, catch them in lies, or see them failing at work or school, you may be tempted to give them an ultimatum regarding treatment while you’re in the throes of anger or frustration.
Your feelings surrounding your teen’s behavior are valid, but expressing them in the heat of the moment is unlikely to have the desired effect.
It’s important that you keep your emotions at bay when you see your teen going through these issues, and work with a professional interventionist to decide when it’s the right time to offer your teen treatment. This is especially true if you’ve made empty threats (like telling your teen you’re going to kick them out of the house or cut off financial support) in the past.
No matter how serious you feel about your teen getting treatment, they are unlikely to take what you say seriously in the heat of the moment. A calm, collected, well-planned teen alcohol abuse intervention can have a far more positive effect than speaking out of anger.
If Your Teen Is Struggling, We Can Help.
If you’re considering a teen intervention, it’s important that you get professional help to ensure the best possible outcome for your family. At Addiction Interventions, we understand the delicate nature of interventions for teens, and we’re here to help you and your teen. We invite you to reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation with a trained interventionist. Together, you’ll be able to devise a plan that makes sense for your family, with the end goal of helping your teen get well.