A Guide to Helping Your Struggling Teen

August 5, 2019

Today's guest post is all about helping your teenager, which we all know is though. Whether you have one or won't for a few more years. Even as a mom to younger kids I know to pay attention to what my veteran mama friends are doing to help my kids in the future. 


Learning your teenager is struggling with addiction can be one of the worst things to hear as a parent. With the rise of opioid use and addiction, stories like this are unfortunately becoming more common. It’s critical to understand what lies ahead for your teen, for you, and for your family, in terms of recovery and rebuilding their life. Here’s a guide on how to help your teen overcome this major hurdle. 

Stay calm and in control

When you learn of your son or daughter’s addiction, you will most likely feel a lot of different emotions, but the most important thing to remember is to stay calm. If you let your emotions get the best of you, you could take them out on your teenager, worsening the situation, or lose your ability to think clearly and focus on their needs and road to recovery. A calm mind is key so you can take control of the situation, make decisions, seek help, and be their rock. 

Love them unconditionally

As a parent who only wants what’s best for their child, it can be difficult to see them make poor decisions and struggle with the consequences, and it can be tough to show them love in times of distrust, anger, or disappointment. However, it’s important that you do anyway, regardless of how upset you may be with them. 

Listen to them and ask questions

The most important thing you can do for your child (aside from supporting and loving them unconditionally) is to listen to what they’re telling you. Make them feel as though they’re being heard, and their concerns or feelings are valid and important. Ask open-ended questions to gauge how they feel, what they want, and what they’re thinking.

Get them proper treatment

In order to help your teen get on the right path to recovery, they will most likely require professional help and treatment. It’s not a fault of yours to ask for professional help, it’s a strength. The resources are available, and it’s in everyone’s best interest to use them as much as you can. 

Ignite Teen Treatment is an example of a treatment center for teenagers battling addiction. Your child will be monitored and their needs will be met by a team of dedicated specialists. The road to recovery will be mapped out, with the help and supervision they need every step of the way. 

Reaching out and speaking to a therapist, psychiatrist, or addiction specialist after treatment can also be beneficial to help your teenager unpack and process the hardship they just overcame, and to help them stay focused on the recovery journey.

Help them realize their self-worth

Everyone is worth more than their mistakes. Suffering through addiction can easily be the lowest point of their lives, so helping them build up their self-worth again is vital to showing them it’s okay to fall as long as you pick yourself back up again and always work to be better than yesterday. 

Teach your teen about positive self-talk and help them
practice self-care regularly. Tell them it’s perfectly fine to put their needs before others, especially when it comes to their mental and physical health and well-being. Praise their hard work and commitment to getting healthy, and motivate them to keep going. Positive reminders and reinforcement will no doubt resonate with them and help them stay on their path.