Parents: What You Should Know About Teen Rehab

As a parent, the thought of your child going to rehab can be frightening, more so for teens. Every parent wants to know what goes on in there, what will happened to their children, and if it’s worth the time, effort, and money.

What Goes on in There?

It depends on the treatment center, but teens and parents can generally expect the following activities and therapies while staying in rehab:

  • Therapy sessions on a daily basis
  • Regular medical check-ups
  • Academic work
  • Regular meals and snacks
  • Physical activities
  • Supervised free time with peers who are also undergoing therapy
  • Strict routines and structure, possibly with increased amounts of freedom based on success

What Are Some of the Benefits of Teen Rehab?

A few of the benefits a teen recovery program can provide to teens and their families include:

  • A new environment. Teens going to rehab are entering a new environment. The normal pressures of their lives are removed, as well as their usual triggers. They can focus on their recovery and think about a fresh start and fresh perspectives and opportunities.
  • Room to breathe. When teens suffer from addiction, their entire families are affected. Entering rehab gives their families room to breathe and the physical distance between them can help start the healing process.
  • Open learning. As opposed to adults, teens are usually more flexible and open to new ideas. They have not lived a life of drug abuse and are still open to change. They absorb new information better and learn more quickly than adults, and when put in an environment where they are guided to learn healthier patterns of behavior, most teens do very well.
  • Healthy structure. Teens adhere to strict schedules while in rehab and most of them thrive on routine, as they know what to expect each day and life doesn’t feel so out of control. This helps them develop healthy routines and focus on their recovery and maintaining sobriety.
  • Family support. Rehab for teens usually includes family therapy. This can be very important to a teen’s recovery because it allows them to stay in touch with their families and heal together. In the final sessions, teens will learn how to transition back into family life and what rules parents should establish for their children. Family support can be great at creating a healthy environment at home.