Tips for parents taking an active role in their teen’s overcoming addiction
Part 4 of helping your teen as they are overcoming addiction
Here are some tips:
- Start a conversation by asking open-ended questions. Open-ended questions…
- cannot be answered “yes or “no
- allow your child to give spontaneous and honest answers—she should tell her story in her own words
- usually begin with:
- “Tell me about…
- “To what extent…
- “What was that like?
- “Help me understand…
- Affirm his worth, courage and challenges. Affirming statements show your understanding and appreciation. For example:
- “I know how hard this is for you.
- “You showed a lot of courage.
- “You overcame a major obstacle last week.
- “I am so glad you are home.
- “You are doing great this week.
- “No one does this perfectly.
- “I am proud of you.
- “I love you.
Remember that recovery from addiction is a long walk that is best taken in the company of loving involved families.
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