Parents frequently ask us, “How do I know if my teen needs treatment?” We have compiled a list of five common signs that your son may in fact need clinical treatment:
1. Loss of self-control
Mood swings, stealing, abnormal behavior
2. Thoughts of getting high throughout the day
An inability to focus, craving the use of substances
3. Withdrawing from normal activities
Instruments are collecting dust, he’s dropping out of sports, and other extracurricular activities
4. Using more often, or in larger quantities
Possibly experience withdrawal symptoms when not using
5. Using substances even when it affects relationships or puts him in danger
Unable to prioritize anything above the need to use
Have you been seeing some of these signs and symptoms in your teen? You’re in the right place! If you’ve been asking yourself, “Is it really that bad?” or “Does he actually need help?” The truth is, you probably already know the answer.
The bigger question may be, “Am I ready to send my teen to treatment?”
We know that as a parent, this is scary and difficult. Can we just take a moment to encourage you? You’re not alone! We’ve worked with thousands of families from all over the country in your same situation. There is hope! You may be feeling overwhelmed, but our staff is trained and ready to help your son step into recovery!
If the 5 warning signs above sound like what your son is going through, don’t wait! Get your teen help now. We have multiple treatment options available to fit their needs, whatever they may be.