- Be their Role Model –
Children, especially teenagers, usually pick up habits from their parent’s actions. Teenage is the most influence prone age of an individual, and it is then that parents have to make sure their children are void of any negative influences in their lives. So be a good role model for your children and do not use your adulthood as an excuse for the bad habits you possess such as drinking and smoking.
- Create a vibrant and positive environment at home –
As the famous saying goes, “Home is the first school and parents, the first teachers.” It is extremely important to ensure you create a positive environment for your children to grow up in. An environment wherein you enforce the need for good habits and behavior. It is important for you to raise a healthy and self-confident teenager who is clear about the difference between right and wrong.
- Acquaint yourself to your child’s friends circle –
Even if your child teen son/daughter is already on the road to recovery from substance abuse or addiction, it is a good idea to step up and get to know the kind of people your child is friends with. Although this is something that ought to have been done earlier, it is essential even during the process of recovery as their friends can either be a positive influence in their recovery or be negative and encourage them not to quit the addiction.
- Have open-minded conversations –
Communication is vital in any relationship and more so in a parent-child relationship. Addiction recovery is not a cake walk. The taboo around the subject in itself is a roadblock and is enough torture for your teen so it is vital to lend an ear. Sit them down and have a proper conversation with your son/daughter on the issues they are facing and what you can do to help them on their path to recovery.
- Enforce some strict ground rules –
Enforcing strict ground rules and consequences of breaking these rules is an important method to monitor progress. Converse with your teen child and make the rules crystal clear to them and let them know how serious you are about the rules. Implementation of these rules will only be successful if you continuously follow up on the same and also take some feedback from your child about how they feel about breaking away from addiction. Note that the threatened consequences of breaking the set rules have to be extremely strict to turn the bent rod straight.
- Control the implementation process and receive feedback –
As mentioned in the previous point, monitoring your child’s progress is only possible if you keep track of their actions. But while you do this, make sure not to offend their sensitivities or invade their privacy as that might set the both of you off on the wrong foot. Therefore, work on making them feel comfortable sharing their whereabouts and secrets with you.