Teen addiction facts about drug and alcohol abuse are readily available. However, teen addiction facts about parenting an addicted child are not. According to mainstream recovery, there’s nothing parents can do to help. They have very little influence over an addicted child. The only options are forced treatment and support groups. Unfortunately, neither of them is viable. Formal treatment fails 95 percent of the time. The mainstream, recovery business model is designed for industry success. It is not built for patient success. Support groups are modeled around self-preservation. They don’t solve problems. Instead, support groups compound them. Tough love doesn’t work.
Teen Addiction Facts and Statistics
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 70 percent of students will have tried alcohol, 50 percent will have taken illegal drugs, and 20 percent will have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes by the time they are seniors.
The highest level of drug and alcohol abuse, by far, is among youth and young adults between the ages of 12-25.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, 10 percent of youth receive treatment. Although, studies find that 85 percent of teens report substance use only a year after. There is much evidence to suggest, however, that the rate is much higher.
Nationwide, the drug, overdose death rate has more than doubled during the past decade among people aged 12 to 25 – rising from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 in 1999-2001 to 7.3 deaths in 2011-2013, according to the Trust for America’s Health report.
Addiction is not a Disease
Contrary to mainstream recovery’s claim, addiction is not a disease. It is a form of emotional escape. Addiction is driven by anxiety, emotional distress and/or depression. It is generated in family, relationship dynamics. Therefore, parents are best positioned to help. Ironically, mainstream recovery tells parents that they have very little influence. That is categorically false. Parents have more influence than they can possibly imagine. In fact, they have the power, and hold the key, to help their child become addiction free! Helping teens overcome addiction is not about changing brains. It’s about changing hearts and minds. Only parents can accomplish that.
In summary, both the mainstream, treatment approach and the advice offered by support groups are mostly ineffective. So, what’s the solution? How can parents help their teens overcome addiction? Since addiction is generated in family, relationship dynamics, the logical and most successful approach is to help parents unearth and correct the dynamics.
Addiction-Free Kids Coaching
In his coaching program, David Roppo, addiction specialist, guides parents through his unique approach, applying each step to their situation and child’s addictive behavior. As a client, you will discover three simple, yet effective, steps that will give you the tools you need to help your teen become addiction free.
Initially, many parents ask; “why coach a parent instead of the child?” Considering the conventional method of treatment, David believes that is a fair question – one he is happy to address. While David could successfully coach your child, the results wouldn’t last. When the coaching stops, the problem will continue. In the end, there really is only one person who is best positioned to help your addicted child. That person is you.
Teen Addiction Facts About Treatment
Here are the real teen addiction facts that mainstream recovery doesn’t talk about. Conventional treatment has a success rate of 5-7 percent. The vast majority of teens resent their parents for forcing treatment. That fact alone renders it ineffective. Bottom line, your child doesn’t want to go through treatment. He or she doesn’t want to stand up in front of strangers and proclaim, “I am an addict or alcoholic!” And, they don’t want to meet with a counselor or speak to a coach, either. Your child wants a parent, a role model, and a mentor. They say that you should talk to your kids about drugs. I say, “Talking with them is far more important.” Don’t talk at them. Take a personal interest in their growth, development, life and feelings.
There’s a Reason why Teens Abuse Drugs and Alcohol
There is a root cause. Something generated your child’s substance abuse. Somewhere along the line, your teen decided that escaping was a better option than standing and facing. As a parent, you must uncover the root cause and remove it. Modifying the relationship dynamics, healing the divide, and bridging the communication gap between you and your child, changes everything. But, until you get to the core of what generated your child’s addictive behavior, nothing you say or do will change it. Yes, this approach is the exact opposite of mainstream recovery. There’s a good reason for that. Remember, their approach only has a 5-7 percent success rate. We can do better than that. You can do better. Armed with the correct information and the right tools, you have the power, and hold the key, to help your child become addiction free. David can show you the way.
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