I personally advocate communication and prevention prior to any medical intervention.
I’ve seen TIME and TIME again, that with the proper communication and prevention, you can limit the possibility to require medical intervention.
Sometimes, despite our best prevention and guidance, our teens will find a way to bypass our scrutiny & monitoring.
Teen Drug Rehabilitation is not recommended because:
- Expensive & Time Consuming: Without proper insurance, cost can go anywhere from $14,000 to $27,000 for a 30 to 90 day program.
- Embarrassing: Secluding a teen into a brand new environment where staff may not have any emotional investment with the teen may result in an embarrassing and dark loneliness feeling. It’s always best to seek as many reviews as possible and talk to people you know if possible to see if the rehab has good staff.
- Rising Insurance Cost: If a teen rehab accepts insurance, the next time around insurance cost will rise, and it will be harder to get accepted to new insurance if you ever need to switch. Think of it as getting into a car accident and having your premiums rise.
We highly do not recommend medical intervention until all other alternatives have been pursued.
Alternatives to Teen Drug Rehabilitation
If worse came to worse, it’s a lot cheaper going on a family trip to complete isolation instead.
Usually breaking the pattern of the normal day to day and vising a new environment could trigger excitement and a sense of happiness.
This is why many people enjoy traveling – the ability to escape their day to day responsibilities for a temporary moment.
We can induce these same feelings within those who are facing drug problems.
Worse come to worse, your teen may need drug rehabilitation
If this is the case, we highly recommend you to learn from as many sources as possible before making any final decision.
We have reviewed a couple of different options below.
[List will be updated]
Here are the list of questions you want to ask:
- Style of treatment offered: Will it be remote or close by? Is it behavioral or cognitive therapy? Is it in a safe environment?
- Cost: Will they accept insurance, or will it be out of pocket? How much will it cost for the initial consultation.
- Credentials & Licenses: Ask them what kind of credentials & licenses they hold.
- Effectiveness: Has there been studies & patient case studies to prove the effectiveness of their treatments?
- Patient to Counselor Ratio: The more counselor per patient, the more personalized attention a patient can receive.
- Gender Specific: Determine if the treatment is gender specific or not as treatments that work better for one gender and/or group of people may not work well for others. Additionally, your teen will be able to discuss complex gender-related problems with someone who can relate to them.
- Medical Detox: Ask if the rehab has the credentials to offer a medical detox.
- Personalization: Each individual may need a specific kind of treatment, so inquiry if this is possible or not.
- All Encompassing: Learn if the center also addresses other common issues including psychological, diet, psychological, spiritual, and personal issues.
- On going support: Rehab doesn’t end during the session. Does the rehab provide on going support for afterwards to prevent relapse?
Some basic questions your teen will need to answer prior to joining a teen rehab center:
- How did you get involved with drugs?
- What is your reasoning for doing drugs? What is the trigger and how long have you been facing these problems?
- How long have you been abusing drugs?
- Have you tried to stop and wanted to get out?
- How much have you spent for drugs?
Your teen should understand that they should honest all questions as honestly as possible in order to have the best impact and not worried about feeling embarrassed or afraid of any negative consequences.
Positive Impacts That Could Arise from Teen Rehab
- Better Mental Health
- Better Relationships
- Better Stress Management
The pros of seeking teen rehab through a hotline is that the counselors will be looking to help you figure out if the option is suited for you or not.