Payh Blog
Sep 28, 2009

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…
      • “Describe…
      • “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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