Get Outside Help and Support
“Outside help” is not rehab.
Don’t be put off by the term “get help.” Outside help includes school counselors, your family doctor, and even your child’s sports team coach. All of them can be great resources and sources of support for you and your teen during this time. There are many actions and approaches you can take that have nothing to do with rehab.
You don’t have to do this alone.
Telling others about teenager’s drug use can be scary. You may feel guilty or ashamed, fear you’re going to embarrass your child or believe that you can “deal with it” on your own. But you can’t handle this problem by yourself — and you shouldn’t have to. It’s important to get outside help.
Here are important tips to keep in mind when you seek outside help.