Week 34 -- "Seeking help for addiction" -- Grade 11

Week 34 -- "Seeking help for addiction" -- Grade 11

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Seeking help for addiction.

Brief Summary: Having an addict in the family is stressful, but it is even more stressful when it is your own child. You may find yourself wondering what you did wrong and look for ways to fix it.  Don’t go down the path of the blame game and know that you are not alone. Before you can even begin to help your child you must first recognize that addiction and recovery are a long and difficult process that usually takes its toll on all parties involved. As parents, you love your children unconditionally, and this often turns you into an enabler when addiction enters the picture.

Shared vocabulary: None

Key Takeaways:

  • Drug abuse affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Most drug addictions begin when a person is in a social situation and they try drugs as an experiment or for recreation. 
  • Over time, the drug use becomes more frequent. Soon the user needs larger doses of the drug to get high. 
  • Users use for a variety of reasons which include: needing the drug just to feel good, deal with stress, or just to get through their day. 
  • Once they become a full-blown addicts, it can be extremely difficult to stop the pattern of abuse as the diminishing effects set in after they continually use the drug.
  • Addiction is a complex problem that affects every aspect of a person's life. Overcoming it requires making major changes to the way a person with addiction deals with problems and relates to others. 
  • Once they find the courage to take that first step, you can be there to help discuss options which can include possible treatment programs, therapy, and or support groups. 

Continue the Conversation:

  • Remember that you are not alone, it is important to seek professional assistance to help your teen if they are dealing with drug addiction.
  • The following is a list of things that you can do to be proactive in helping  prevent drug addiction in your teen:
    • Failing to set behavior expectations at home
    • Ignoring mental health issues
    • Assuming experimentation is no big deal
    • Failing to be honest about your own drug use
    • Blaming yourself or your spouse for your child’s drug use
    • Setting a bad example for your child
    • Being judgmental
    • Failing to consider risk factors
    • Confusing intelligence with maturity
    • Not looking in the medicine cabinet to see if drugs are missing
    • Failing to consider family history
    • Not noticing changes in your teen
    • Not talking about driving under the influence
    • Putting off getting help

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