How to Help a Son with Addiction

Addiction is a difficult disease to live with. It is also difficult on the friends and family members of the individual that is suffering from the disease of addiction. If you have a son that is addicted to a substance, you may not know what actions you can take to get them the help they need.

Below is more information about how you can help your son that is suffering from addiction, along with the treatment program offered by Next Step Recovery. Feel free to reach out today to learn more about how you can get your son enrolled in the drug and alcohol addiction treatment program at Next Step Recovery.

Helping a son with Addiction

You may have noticed some changes in your son that have worried you. As kids get older, they will become more independent and can even rebel. With that said, there is a difference between your child going through “growing pains” and facing a serious issue like drug or alcohol addiction. You may also have an adult son whose behavior has begun to change for the worse over time.

Below are some of the things you can do if you are concerned that your son may be addicted to drugs or alcohol…

Recognize the Signs

There are some signs you can look for to see if your son is addicted to drugs or alcohol. These include: 

  • Secrecy
  •  Legal issues
  • Constantly asking for money
  • Stealing
  • Changes in appearance
  • Paranoia
  • Sweating
  • Accidents (like car accidents or falling)
  • Quitting hobbies
  • Isolation

Then there are more serious signs, like overdose and alcohol poisoning.

If you see your son displaying some or all of the issues above (along with other changes in their behavior), they may be addicted to a substance.

Communicate

If you have suspicions that your son is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you’ll want to communicate with them. Make sure you don’t approach them in an aggressive or judgmental manner. This may cause them to close off. Instead, ask them open-ended questions about their behavior and listen. Let them know that you care.

At the same time, make sure you have appropriate boundaries in place. “Helping them” doesn’t mean giving them money and hoping the problem goes away. Instead, you may want to seek the help of a professional interventionist or reach out to the team at Next Step Recovery for more tips on opening the dialogue with your son that will allow them to get the help they need.

Seek a Treatment Program

Explore treatment options and have a treatment facility in mind. Once your son agrees to treatment, you can help them with the admissions process. For more information about how we can help your son and get them enrolled, reach out today!

Intensive Outpatient Alcohol Rehab and Drug Rehab at Next Step Recovery

You may be wondering what the treatment program at Next Step Recovery will look like for your son. At Next Step Recovery, we offer IOP (Intensive Outpatient) services. Our IOP program is 12 weeks long and involves our patients visiting the facility 3-5 days a week, for a few hours at a time. During these visits, patients learn coping mechanisms that help with handling cravings and triggers. They also receive individual therapy, group therapy, 12-step education, and more. Two of the exciting therapies that set Next Step Recovery apart from other rehab centers include exercise therapy and Wilderness Adventure Therapy.

Exercise Therapy

There are some fantastic benefits to exercise. Exercise helps to reduce stress, improve health, and provide a sense of mindfulness. With exercise, patients are able to clear their minds for a period of time, move their bodies, and improve their self-esteem. Exercise creates a sense of accomplishment and mastery in patients, which improves their confidence. Our exercise program is also designed to create a sense of community. At Next Step Recovery, we offer martial arts, meditation, and yoga.

Wilderness Adventure Therapy

A common concern we hear from patients is that they are worried they won’t be able to have fun in sobriety. This simply isn’t the case! There are a ton of fun activities that can be enjoyed sober. Our Wilderness Adventure Therapy program introduces patients to new and exciting activities they may not have tried before. They’ll get some exercise, enjoy the beauty of the nature around them, and have a ton of fun!

Some of the fun activities we offer our patients include: 

  •  Hiking
  • Watersports
  • Paintball
  • High Rope Courses
  •  And More

Along with the fun our patients have, they also learn many important life skills. Your son will learn self-discipline, mindfulness, communication, and teamwork. Community is extremely important for recovery, and your son will build bonds with others that will last a lifetime.

Why Next Step Recovery for Your Son?

There are a few treatment centers you may be considering for your son. Below are some of the top advantages of Next Step Recovery…

  • Male-Focused Treatment. Men have unique needs when it comes to treatment. Next Step Recovery is a men’s program and is designed to provide the kind of support men need to succeed along their journey of recovery.
  • Structure. Structure is important to recovery. It creates a sense of calm and stability. We offer a structured environment that allows our patients to focus on their recovery.
  • Community. Recovery is that much easier with a community of others supporting you. We focus on brotherhood and building lasting bonds.
  • Multiple Methods of Healing. Treatment is a multi-faceted disease, and treatment should reflect this. That is why we offer multiple healing methods.
  • Our Code of Ethics. Professionalism, respect, and advocacy are important parts of our Code of Ethics. We strive to ensure our patients feel heard, seen, and safe.

Reach Out Today!

If your son is addicted to drugs or alcohol or you suspect that they may be, reach out today. We’ll discuss the situation with you and do everything we can to assist you in getting your son the help they need.

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