A person needs to be prepared to enter a rehab program, especially if they are under 18 and are being sent under the authorization of their parents or on court order. Here are some ways you can help your teen prepare for rehab.
Explain the Need for Rehab
Regardless of whether you or your teen chose for them to go to rehab, you should explain why it is important. Explain how substance abuse has affected them currently and what their future could look like if they do not seek help now. Be prepared to answer any questions they may have about addiction or the rehab program.
You may be furious with your teen after learning of their substance abuse problem, but staying angry will only make matters worse. Do what you can to put aside your anger and help find a rehab program that will suit your teen’s needs and get them back on the right path.
Have an open line of communication with your teen—let them know that the more honest they are with you, the more help you can give them. If they don’t want to go to rehab, tell your teen why you think they need to go and be honest about the rehab program they’ll be attending. Lying about the situation is not going to make things any better.
Let Your Teen Step Up
At some point, your teen will need to step up and take responsibility for their actions—you can only take them so far by enrolling them in a rehab program. It can be difficult to step back when your child is in need, but they are old enough to take ownership for their actions. Without doing so, they aren’t going to learn as much or make progress in their recovery.