PARENTS’ GUIDE TO AFTERCARE FOR TEENS IN RECOVERY
When your teenager has a problem with substance abuse, you may think that getting them to attend treatment is the most important part of their recovery. However, participating in a treatment program does not guarantee that your teen will remain sober. Addiction is a chronic condition in which relapses are common, and the best way to ensure ongoing sobriety is to attend aftercare following rehab. Following drug treatment, about 50% of teens relapse within 3 months, and approximately 65% relapse within 6 months. Unlike adults, who often relapse due to psychological difficulties or interpersonal issues, teens relapse most commonly as a result of social and peer pressure.
Aftercare is a really important component of the recovery process. One study shows that teens who had been through rehab and gone through aftercare were approximately 10% less likely to use alcohol and about 16% less likely to use marijuana than those teens that had no aftercare following substance abuse treatment. Further studies had similar findings confirming the efficacy of aftercare. Step-down programs offer an opportunity for a teen to continue recovery in a supportive environment; adolescents report aftercare as their top need following treatment. These needs may be fulfilled through various aftercare efforts, including progressively less-structured programs, support groups, and individual counseling.
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