Youth Substance Abuse Treatment, Programs, Counselors

Posted on 30. Aug, 2013 by in Alcohol & Drug Abuse

When seeking treatment for substance abuse for your teenager there are a number of important things to look for, and perhaps the most important is the particular drug counselor chosen to work with your child.

Studies have shown that one of the most important aspects to look in successful outcomes is the relationship between the individual seeking treatment and the drug and alcohol counselors. Not all counselors are equal. Each has a unique style and a unique personality. Without a relationship of trust between the individual and the counselor, then significant change is difficult. As a parent or guardian you know your son, daughter, or ward better than anyone else. With this unique understanding, you can help find a counselor who can develop the therapeutic relationship which is so critical.

The counselor not only needs to be able to relate to the teenager, but also to you as a parent or guardian. Including parents or guardians in interventions for adolescent substance abusers is critical in their success. Therefore, it is equally important that the counselor have a good relationship of trust with you.

Take your son or daughter or ward with you when meeting the counselors, and determine if the facility staff and counselors are the kind of individuals who can truly understand both you and your adolescent. When you meet the counselor, ask yourself the following: Can he or she truly relate at a basic level to my teenager? Are there any hang-ups in my teen’s past which will cause him or her to be unable or unwilling to communicate with the counselor? Can I, as a parent or guardian, work with this counselor? Only after this relationship is established can the treatment for substance abuse begin.

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