If you are burdened with a child who has chosen to pursue drugs, your family changes. It is no longer a happy family, if it was before. Your home becomes a battle field and the little soldier standing in the center of it is the person you once loved as your child but now resent as he or she takes away from the entire happiness of the family.
Resentment is normal and the older your teen is when they decide to use drugs, the more you will resent the fact they made the choice. However, there will never be a time when you can let them know how much you have decided you resent them. That will be one battle you can never win because if you do, it will be detrimental to their recovery.
Teens arenít thinking about you when they choose to do drugs. They donít have you on their mind in most cases but yet, when they make the choice to take drugs, they make the choice to basically ruin the family as you previously knew it. Suddenly, the family is more concerned with the addictís well being and it seems to become the focus of the familyís attention.
Since there are so many different emotions involved, it can be very helpful for the entire family to enter into family sessions. Therapy focusing on interpersonal relationships can be beneficial as well. The entire family will benefit most when there seems to be a good balance between the family members and the recovering addict.
Group sessions and support from within the family help the person suffering with drug abuse. You simply need to find out what your teen needs while considering the best possible counseling choices for the family while remembering, once an addict becomes addicted, recovery will be an ongoing process.