My youngest son, age 16, is currently in an inpatient drug-treatment
facility. What are some of the best things I can do when
he gets out to make his rehabilitation easier on us all and
help prevent relapse?
First, congratulations to your son (and your whole family!)
for staying with a treatment plan. Your anxiety is completely
understandable. Here are a few things that will help ease
the transition back home:
- Talk to the
counselors before he is released for suggestions about how
to help support him. They may suggest an after-care
group for awhile.
- Before he comes
home, be sure to have a frank discussion about your expectations.
- Remember, he's
a teenager. He'll make mistakes.
- Support his
recovery but don't smother him.
- Be prepared
if there is a relapse. Have a plan and act quickly.
- Welcome him
back with all the pride and joy you feel!
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