Throughout my career as an addiction psychologist, I have always appreciated and embraced the challenge of working with people with substance use problems and the often-complex interaction with mental illness.
A teen’s drug use can cause parents to make bad decisions that damage their child. By tapping into what harm reduction and skilled parenting share, therapists can help parents to truly help.
When confronted with the news that your child is using drugs or alcohol, normal parental worry quickly escalates to fear. Many parents often feel helpless and out of control, especially when attempts to intervene fail. It can be like trying to drive your car from the back seat, or even worse–from the trunk.
The future of SUD treatment will acknowledge the importance of family health. Family therapy will be a part of treatment where appropriate and be fully integrated into a person’s treatment plan to empower parents and loved ones by offering a road map to help them be more effective parents and family members.