We all want to wrap our arms around our children and protect them from the world when things don’t go according to plan. Unfortunately, addiction is not something that lends itself to coddling. Your child has issues that must be dealt with correctly. An ineffective rehab lends often means relapse and further treatment, so it’s best to handle things the proper way the first time.

Help Yourself

Before you can even think about helping your child fight his or her drug problem, it’s important to spend a little time alone with your thoughts. It’s natural for parents of drug users to feel as though they’ve failed or that they could have done more to keep their children safe. These are heavy emotions, and they are not to be taken lightly. Deal with your emotions as they come so that they don’t interfere with the best interests of your child.

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After you’ve taken your own personal inventory of the situation, you can start to consider how you’re going to help your teen get better. Remember, it’s about your child, not you, and any course of treatment you choose has to work for your child. This is not the time to choose a rehab center based on something you’ve heard or successes others have had. It’s a personal choice that should be made solely based on what will work best for your child’s unique situation.

The good news is, help is all around you. No matter where you are, there is always a good rehab facility nearby. While different facilities have different specialties and services, you’ll have the opportunity to explore, ask around and visit any rehab center you’re considering. Below are some tips to get you started in your search.

Teen-Centric Care

A rehab center can have a stellar reputation among adults, but still fail to help teenagers in need? Why? Because the needs of teenagers are drastically different from those of adults. Additionally, the mixture of adults and teenagers can lead to abuse and mistreatment from other people in rehab. Your child needs to focus on getting better, not being harassed by his or her peers.

Look for a rehab facility that specializes in dealing with teenagers and has other teenagers in attendance. This is one of the only ways to get assurance that your child’s unique needs will be met. You’ll also get peace of mind knowing that he or she is safe and is working with people that can relate to their situation.

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Dual Diagnosis Care

According to Time Magazine, half of all teens admitted to rehab for drug abuse also suffer from mental illness. This combination of addiction and psychological difficulty is known as dual diagnosis, and the theory states that the drug addiction may have been caused in part due to the psychological problem.

Dual diagnosis care is very common, but it’s something worth inquiring about. A rehab facility that is not well-versed in dual diagnosis might miss a critical piece of the puzzle, one that could literally be the difference between recovery and relapse. Of course, it’s always wise to remember that these diagnoses should be left up to the rehab staff and should not be made based on your own suspicions.



Rehabilitation isn’t an individual effort. Just as your child is suffering, so too are you and your family. Although your child is the only one going off to rehab, all of you will have to heal together in order to make a fresh start. Together, you can right wrongs and provide your child with the environment that will help him or her succeed.

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That’s why it’s not advised to send your teen off to a rehab center that’s overly far away. Distance is an important part of rehab – one must be separate from temptations in order to truly heal – but placing unnecessary barriers in the way of recovery is a deterrent to healthy rehabilitation. Look for a location that gives your child the necessary space, but that allows you to visit and stay involved in their recovery.

Paying for Rehab

The financial aspect of rehab is likely the last thing on your mind as you consider your child’s drug problem. Still, it’s something that has to be addressed at some point. Fortunately, most rehab facilities are willing to work with families as they take this major step. Most insurances are accepted at rehab, and in the event that your insurance isn’t accepted, payment plans or income-sensitive fees are possible. If you find a good fit between your child and a facility, there’s always a way to make the finances work.


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