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Navigating The Holidays With A Struggling Teen

The holiday season is a stressful time of year for many families. If your teen is struggling with substance abuse, that stress can multiply exponentially. We understand, and you’re definitely not alone! You may have a kid at home that is fighting addiction on a daily basis. Or maybe you have a teen already in treatment. Whatever your situation, here are some practical tips to help you get through this holiday season.

 

For the family with a teen at home struggling with addiction:

If your teen has a problem with drugs or alcohol, the holidays can be especially hard on you as a parent. You want to celebrate as usual, but the stress and worry about your teen can take over quickly. Here are some ways you can still find joy this holiday season.

 

Tip #1: Let go of your expectations. 

This holiday season may look different than last years, and that’s ok. Don’t pretend that everything is ok if it isn’t. Be present in the moment with your teen and give them space to feel their feelings. (And allow yourself space to feel your feelings too! Feelings can be uncomfortable, but they are a normal part of the human experience!)

Tip #2: Accept your current reality. 

No matter who  sits around your table this year, try to find peace and joy in what you have. 2020 has been full of surprises! Navigating through the holidays with an addicted teen can be equally unpredictable. One day at a time, your family will get through this!

Tip #3: Find gratitude in the small things. 

Oftentimes, our minds gravitate to what isn’t right about a situation. This year, I challenge you to intentionally look for the good throughout the holidays. Thank God for the little blessings. You have been blessed for many years, and substance abuse cannot take that away! 

 

For the family with a teen already in treatment:

If your teen is in treatment for substance abuse, we know it’s especially painful being separated during the holidays. Looking back on holiday traditions that your teen is missing this year is hard! We empathize with you, and we want to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Remember when we mentioned that feelings are good and normal- despite being uncomfortable at times? Allow yourself the space to feel the uncomfortable stuff, while also reminding your brain of what’s true. When you feel down, remind yourself that the truth is that your child is in the right place, getting the help they need so that they CAN be a part of all of the holidays to come! Here are some tips to help you through this difficult season.

 

Tip #1: Be encouraged.

Know that your teen is right where they’re supposed to be! They are busy doing the work that must be done to restore their health. It’s hard, but it is worth it! The ultimate goal is for your teen to be sober, full of joy, and back on track. That’s exactly what they’re working on while in treatment! 

Tip #2: Relax while you can.

You don’t need to worry about your teen. They aren’t sneaking off to get high, or going to parties with kids that are a bad influence… Not this year! Take a breath, and realize that the responsibility isn’t on you this holiday season to keep them out of trouble. You don’t have to monitor their every move. You can rest easy, and know they are safe in recovery. 

Tip #3: Stay the course.

We know it may be tempting to pull your child out of treatment during the holidays. You miss them, and you want to be together. It’s so important to remember that leaving treatment too soon can result in huge setbacks. (Even if you’ve seen improvements.) The health and recovery of your teen likely depends on them staying in treatment. They must complete the course set before them! Remember, you’re sacrificing this holiday season so your family can have the next 20, 30, 40+ years of holidays together!

 

If your son is in treatment at Clearfork Academy, know that he is loved and well taken care of here! Our boys are being treated to some delicious holiday meals, and fun activities. Your son is putting in the recovery work, and finishing what he started. He is busy learning, growing, creating new habits, and ultimately- getting healthy!

 

If your teen needs help, don’t put it off any longer! Don’t wait until after the holidays, time is of the essence! At Clearfork Academy, our clinical admissions counselors are on call 24/7, even during the holiday season! Please reach out and let us help you take the necessary steps to get your teen on the road to recovery! Give us a call at 888-966-8604, email us at help@clearforkacademy.com or visit our website at www.ClearforkAcademy.com!

 

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Why Is Gender-Specific Treatment Best For My Son?

 

At this point, you’ve either already decided that your son needs treatment, or you are very seriously considering it. Either way, you’re at a fork in the road and doing your best to research and collect information. You’ve found yourself on this blog because your son is struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. You want the very best treatment for him, and so do we! 

When it comes to selecting a treatment center, there are tons of factors to consider. We believe that finding a gender-specific treatment center is absolutely critical to your son’s recovery.

Let’s face it, teenagers are easily distracted by the opposite sex. Gender-specific treatment allows our ‘boys to be boys’ without the distractions that can arise from co-mingling. Our goal is to create a safe environment and eliminate distractions so that your son is able to truly heal and recover. As a parent, you can expect the best results for your child in a gender-specific treatment program. Here’s why:

 

Safety 

Teenage relationships with the opposite sex often create a sense of insecurity. In a treatment environment, we want to create as much safety and security as possible. When kids feel safe, they begin to open up about the emotional things that they might not usually discuss. That openness is such an important part of the recovery process.

 

Stability 

When we remove the emotional ups and downs of teenage relationships, we can provide a more stable environment. That stability gives teens a chance to focus on their health and recovery.  

 

Results

At Clearfork Academy, we treat teenage boys ages 13-18. We remove the distraction of the opposite sex, and focus on the specific needs these boys have. They’re able to bond with their peers and our staff in a unique way because of the gender-specific environment. This leads to better outcomes and better long term results.

 

Consistency throughout the course of treatment gives us that gender specific autonomous focus on our boys each and every day.” – Austin Davis, LPC-S, Founder/CEO

 

If your son needs help, we would be happy to provide the safe and stable treatment environment he needs. Call to speak with our clinical admissions specialists at 888-966-8604, or visit our website at ClearforkAcademy.com for more information.

 

For more resources on gender-specific treatment, please visit- https://clearforkacademy.com/glossary/gender-specific-treatment/

A message from our Founder/CEO, Austin Davis LPC-S

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5 Signs That Your Teen May Need Substance Abuse Treatment

 

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.

 

→ Intensive Outpatient: This option is typically best for those in the early stages of addiction. We will customize a plan to fit your teen’s needs, and provide them with the guidance they need to overcome addiction.

Residential Treatment: If your teen is suffering from a severe addiction, inpatient treatment is the way to go. At our 80-acre Texas Ranch, we can provide a safe place for them to begin the recovery process. Their treatment will include full-time therapy, and daily activities led by our trained professionals.

→ Medical Detox: This is the first step towards clearing the body of substances so the mind can begin the treatment process. If your teen needs to detox, we have a medical staff that will customize and oversee their care to ensure health and safety.

→ Academic Sober Living: After completing our primary treatment, if your teen needs a longer term solution, we are happy to offer that option.


Are you still wondering if your teen may have a substance abuse problem?

Download our free “Teen Substance Abuse 101” guide. This comprehensive guide will walk you through discovering if your child has a substance abuse problem, and what to do next!

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Our clinical admission specialists are standing by, ready to provide you with professional guidance on your unique situation, please call us at 888-966-8604, or visit our website at www.ClearforkAcademy.com!