A – Please call now (877) 270-6753 and speak with one of our counselors. If your intuition is telling you something is not right, don’t hesitate to call us, we would be glad to help.
Frequently Asked Questions
A – As parents, we want to believe our children. However, it is also important to determine when our children may be at risk. Chances are that if your son has drug paraphernalia in his possession, it is a good indication that he may be doing things or spending time with people that put him at risk. Call now (877) 270-6753 and speak with one of our counselors.
A – This is not a trust issue, this is a concern for your child’s well-being. Abuse of prescription drugs is rapidly rising among adolescents and adults. Changes in behavior or missing pills may be an indication of a problem. Call now (877) 270-6753 and speak with one of our counselors.
A – First, eliminate the notion of “experimentation” with drugs. Our kids are not conducting experiments. This term has been co-opted by parents, kids, and our culture to stay in denial. Our culture talks about the importance of prevention and early intervention, but when faced with the early signs of drug or alcohol use, those of us affected want to minimize or have difficulty acknowledging the situation, often times hiding behind the smokescreen of “experimentation.” When we are confronted with “experimentation” we should respond with intervention – swift and sure. Remember that drugs can be defined as poison ingested by various means in non-lethal amounts, but in amounts that are mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually. and developmentally debilitating.
A – If your child has used, then he or she has already spent time around kids who have used. In fact, if your child is in school, going to church, or in organized sports, he or she has been around kids who have used drugs. That is not to say that these previously mentioned activities are not positive, but is intended to underscore the easy access to drugs in our culture. In our program, your child will spend time with kids who have used drugs in the past but have committed to sobriety and are succeeding in their efforts.
A1 – This is virtually always the case and is part of the disease. Program counselors are trained in intervention and counseling. They are the experts at getting people into treatment. If you listen to the counselors and work with them, together we can collaborate to motivate your loved one to make a commitment to our program. Working closely with the counselor is what will provide you and your family with the necessary tools and support to make this possible.
A2 – Lifeway offers specialized intervention services available for when the easier approaches do not work. The counselor will discuss these options at the strategy appointment.
A3 – Sometimes parents have to confront their reluctant family member to get them to come into the program. They may have to take a stand and say, “We love you too much to sit by and watch you kill yourself on the installment plan, and we will not let you continue to use comfortably! You have to start going to meetings and working towards sobriety. This is the house rule, and if you aren’t willing to follow it, then we will have to do something more serious.” All of these processes will work together with the other components of the program, but full proactive communication with our clinical team is critical.
A – Our suggestion would be not to quit your job, you are better off with an alternate peer group program that will hold your child accountable. When a child is using drugs or alcohol, no amount of parental supervision can prevent the use or turn the situation around. The parents can make a bigger impact by requiring their young person to work a program and invest their time in the staff recommended activities which will lead to true change. You should stay aware and let the program counselor know if you observe any behaviors that concern you.
A1 – The idea that “nobody will change unless they want to change” is a common misconception. Rarely do our clients walk in the door because they want to stop getting high. Typically, the motivation is to avoid the negative consequences of their use, such as legal issues, potential job loss, disciplinary action at school, or with parents. It is when these repercussions of drug and alcohol use become unbearable, that someone is usually ready to get sober. This is commonly referred to as “hitting bottom.” Early intervention means not shielding your loved one from their consequences so that they are more inclined to seek help, and supporting them in doing so. This acceleration can come from being attracted to the program and the recovery activities first by the other young people and social functions, and then by the promises offered by recovery and the individual’s own progress toward a healthy lifestyle.
A2 – If these approaches do not work, then you can consult with the staff about the specialized intervention services mentioned in the answer to the first question and be assured, they can help you find the solution.
A –Addiction can be a life-threatening illness. When thinking about any other serious medical condition, the answer would be to address the condition first, then return to school once the condition is manageable. This same approach applies to substance use.