Preparing your teen to return from drug rehab
Seven things parents should prepare for before their teen returns from drug rehab
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By Dr. James Hughes, CEO of Inspirations for Youth and Families Teen Rehab
1. Attend Out-Patient Therapy – Parents should be attending local out-patient therapy within their community that is accepted by their insurance network provider prior to their teen arriving home from a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center.
2. Go to AA and/or NA Meetings – Identify where the local Alcohol Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are within a ten-mile radius of your home and go to the meeting everyday while your teen is away if possible or as much as you can without interfering with your job and family.
3. Remove the existing lock from your teen’s room – Parents should remove the lock off their teen’s door and replace it with a basic closet door lock. This shows your teen that you trust him or her and will help to begin the healing process between the teen and parents. You can find these locks at Home Depot or Lowes for about $10.
4. Social Media – Parents should be able to have access to teen’s social media passwords, email, and telephone. If they are allowed to have a phone.
5. Create a contact list of all of your teen’s friends – Parents should be able to have a list of all their teen’s friends with home addresses, emails, and teen’s and parent’s telephone and mobile device numbers.
6. Chore list – The parents should make up a weekly chore list for what their teen’ needs to do, like mow the lawn, to earn an allowance.
7. Take away the car keys from teen – Parents should take the car keys away from their teenager until they can secure a part-time job and pay for their own auto insurance as well as car payments if needed.
About Doctor James Hughes
Dr. James Hughes has been directing and managing mental health and addiction programs from New Jersey to Florida for over 25 years. Dr. Hughes has been a consultant for dozens of mental health and substance abuse programs on the east coast and as far west as Texas. He is one of the nation’s preeminent interventionists – having successfully performed interventions throughout the nation that led to countless adolescent drug and alcohol addiction recoveries.