Parenting an adolescent through the recovery process can be a challenging endeavor. Here are some practical suggestions:
- Get support for yourself, substance abuse effects the whole family.
- Get help if its needed. The first step is an assessment.
- Relapse is common among recovering youth and adults, so be prepared in case it happens. Prepare an action plan ahead of time with your teen, so you know what to do if relapse occurs.
- Find resources in your community – you are not alone.
Resources For Youth In Recovery And Their Families
National Institute on Drug Abuse guide “Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What To Ask” which offers guidance in seeking drug abuse treatment and lists five questions to ask when searching for a treatment program.
The Partnership for a Drug Free America is an excellent resource for families to learn about prevention, intervention and treatment for youth substance use.
Parents: The Anti-Drug is a helpful and comprehensive website for parents concerned about creating a drug free household.
Puget Sound Young People’s Council sponsors weekly AA young people’s meetings on the East Side of King County and sober recreational events for recovering young people.
Alcoholics Anonymous contains a meeting schedule and helpline for the Greater Seattle area. Meetings marked with “o” are open to those who do not have a drinking problem, such as family members of recovering teens.
Al-anon of Greater Seattle offers a helpline, groups, and meetings for family members and friends of people in recovery.
Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.
Smart Recovery is a support group for abstinence from substance use. They offer online meetings and live meetings in the Seattle area.
Faces and Voices of Recovery is an organization that advocates for the rights of people in recovery.
Recovery Stories depicts three short and very different stories of recovery in King County.