The Al-Anon program has been doing good work for “the families and friends of alcoholics” since 1961. It provides a 12-step program for people who are affected by the addiction of someone close to them. They even have Al-Ateen, a program expressly geared towards adolescents. Nar-Anon and Narateen offer similar programs for the friends and family of drug addicts.
Both are great programs, but a crucial point needs to be made: These programs are for those around addicts, not addicts themselves.
So where can a teen in recovery turn to? Getting treatment is an important and necessary step, but it’s also the first step. A person who graduates from a recovery program is faced with the task of rebuilding their life, and it isn’t easy. It can mean finding a job, restarting one’s education plans, and finding new friends – particularly if one’s friends have habits and behaviors capable of retriggering addiction. Given how deeply teens rely on their friends, it’s a task that’s often difficult and intimidating.
Fortunately, there are ways to find help.
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Seeking help is critical
There are dozens of additional support groups available, all of which provide help, assistance and comfort to teens in recovery. Another excellent resource is the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Their site offers a “Find a Physician” feature which helps find medical professionals experienced in treating and diagnosing addiction.
Addiction is a serious disease which strikes young and old alike. It’s dangerous, and can be lethal if left untreated. Fortunately, it also responds to treatment. Located in rural San Diego County, the Sovereign Health Group’s Rancho San Diego facility offers residential treatment for adolescents aged 12 to 17. Our compassionate experts provide treatment for addiction, mental health, eating disorders and co-occurring conditions.
A healthier life for your teen can start today. Please contact our 24/7 helpline.
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