Being a parent is tough. Being the parent of a recovering teenager demands a separate set of knowledge. Supporting teens in addiction recovery is no easy endeavor, so we want to suggest a few resources for you, your clients or others supporting teens in recovery.
- Join a Parenting or Family Support Group
- I’m sure you’ve heard this one before, but it’s incredibly important. Join a family support group! As a parent, you are not alone. It’s important to find a network of individuals who are in similar situations and can give insight into their experiences. NAMI (864.578.0047) has a caregiver support group in Spartanburg and Greenville.
- Look at Continuing Care
- Visit the above link to see what questions are relevant to a parent transitioning into life as a continuing care member. You’ve probably asked time and time again, “What now?” This site has four sections of information taken from practiced behavioral principles. Topics include: continuing care, ensuring follow-through, reinforcing the message and monitoring in a supportive way.
- Call the Helpline
- Contact a parent-support specialist at 1.855.378.4373, Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Note: this is NOT for emergencies. They will listen to your testimony and propose a plan of action for you to best help your situation.
- Take Time for Yourself
- Whether you follow through on an exercise routine or pick up a hobby, it’s important for you to be your best for the ones you care for. Being a caregiver takes incredible amounts of energy, so make sure you are replenishing your energy in a healthy and productive way. Go ahead; take a few moments each week. It’s okay!
Supporting a recovering teenager takes effort and diligence. We hope that this list of resources can help you help you and your teenager through a happy, healthy recovery process. If you or your teenager needs immediate assistance, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).