Making Sure Your Child Never Needs Drug Rehab

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The care a child receives in making sure he or she does not abuse drugs varies greatly from household to household. In some, parents monitor their children’s activities closely and educate their children on problems associated with substance abuse. Sadly, at the other end of the scale are households where the child’s first drug use was actually with the parent. While this is a small number, it is tragic that it happens at all.

In most households, parents do make an attempt to prevent their child from using drugs. But it seems like the decks are stacked against parents.

Here’s why:

Marijuana: A parent can explain why it is wrong to use marijuana but any child who watches television or reads news knows that the drug is given to sick people by doctors. And now the legalization in many U.S. states just sends another message as to the harmlessness of this drug

Alcohol: Television advertising, especially during sports shows, features an abundance of alcohol advertising.

Prescription drugs: From painkillers to so-called “study drugs,” these are also prescribed by medical doctors and therefore likely to be considered safe.

Keeping one’s child away from substance abuse means, first of all, setting a good example of disciplined alcohol use, minimal prescription drug use, and no illicit drug use. Education starts by example.

Second, it’s going to be necessary to explain that even if drugs are prescribed or openly advertised, there are negative effects associated with all these types of drugs, and that use can easily get out of control.

Third, a child who is goal-oriented is less likely to be derailed by drugs. Work with a child to develop goals he or she wants to achieve and feels are doable. Praise her accomplishments. Help him work out solutions to the obstacles and keep him progressing toward their goals.

Despite Best Efforts, Some Young People May Need a Rehabilitation Program

Despite education and monitoring, some young people will become addicted to illicit or prescription drugs or alcohol. But recovery is possible and those dreams they once had can come in sight once again. This is the result of the Narconon drug and alcohol recovery program, delivered at Narconon centers around the world.

The Narconon drug rehab program supports a person through withdrawal and detoxification with generous doses of nutritional supplements. Nutrition, along with time spent in a low-heat sauna and moderate exercise has been shown to initiate an exceptional detoxification process that flushes drug residues out of the fatty tissues where they tend to lodge. When these residues are removed, the person in recovery normally says that cravings are lower or gone and that his or her outlook is brighter and energy is better.

Once outlook is improved, it is easier to recover the life skills that will keep one safe when rehab is completed. Life skills such as the ability to use communication to resolve problems, the ability to change conditions for the better, to isolate those people in one’s life who might create problems and jeopardize their sobriety. All these aspects of good survival are addressed in the Narconon addiction treatment program. Narconon drug education programs help prevent children from ever needing an addiction recovery programs, but for those young adults who have fallen into the trap of addiction, we also provide a comprehensive rehabilitation program.

Addiction treatment is seldom accomplished in the 28 to 30 days of short-term programs. It takes longer than that to fully detoxify and then develop sober living skills. Learn how the Narconon program can put addiction problems in the past and help build a bright future again.


Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.