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Many parents feel uncertain and ill-prepared when their child has completed inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment. You probably have many questions about how to best support your teen’s recovery and you may be feeling extra pressure.

We put this guide together to answer those questions. We want to give parents hope that they can find tools and supports to make their families stronger, and deal with the complex and challenging situations that parents and children experience during the days, months and years after treatment.

Unfortunately, there is very little scientific evidence for parents on how to best support their child’s recovery. All of the information you’ll find here, however, is based on well-established behavioral principles, clinical experience and related research.

Keep in mind that each parent, child and family is unique. You’ll need to take into account your family’s strengths and weaknesses, the severity of your child’s substance use and the presence of co-occurring disorders. Most families will benefit from support and other professional help after their teen finishes treatment, including family therapy.

Sometimes the situation is complex and requires the help of a skilled professional who can help you learn about the options that are best for your family. Please note that the information you’ll find here does not take the place of a health professional whom you should collaborate with to help your teen manage his or her addiction.

We hope this guide will help you figure out what might best support your recovery journey together.


continuing care
SECTION 1.

Continuing Care

The meaning of continuing care, expectations you should have as a parent regarding continuing care and how to be part of your child’s critical support system.

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ensuring follow-through
SECTION 2.

Ensuring Follow-Through

Practical tips on how to encourage your teen to attend continuing care activities.

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reinforcing the message
SECTION 3.

Reinforcing the Message

Why and how you should communicate a message of alcohol/drug abstinence following a treatment program, setting realistic expectations about the possibility of relapse and what to do if relapse occurs.

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monitoring in supportive way
SECTION 4.

Monitoring in a Supportive Way

The meaning of continuing care, expectations you should have as a parent regarding continuing care and how to be part of your child’s critical support system.

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