How Was Anyone Supposed to Help Me When No One Even Knew I Was Using?
By Curtis Reed
One of the hardest things for a young adult who is addicted to a substance is letting someone know that they have a problem. Sometimes they are in denial about having a problem in the first place, or in many cases, they are just too embarrassed to tell someone who is close to them what they are going through. What’s important for them to realize is that when they do decide they want help, they won’t be able to receive it if no one knows they need it.
When your son or daughter expresses totheir struggles with addiction, or even hints that there is an issue, you should never hesitate to get them the proper professional assistance. Lion’s Gate Recovery has been working with teens who abuse drugs and alcohol for many years, and we can help your child, so call us today for assistance at 866-471-9476.
Why I Should’ve Spoken Up About Addiction
My struggles with addiction began as a teen in my later high school years. I was regularly a well-behaved, happy kid, which is why my parents never would have suspected anything of me. It began fairly innocently, with occasionally drinking with my buddies on the weekends. Gradually, I began wanting to drink more often than they did, and started caring a lot more about it. It didn’t seem weird to me at first, but to skip ahead a year in the story, it turned into me having to drink nearly every day, often even before school, losing my friends because they didn’t want to drink everyday, and starting to let my grades drop because I couldn’t keep up with school and my alcohol habit. I was too worried to speak up to the people closest to me, because I was scared and embarrassed. I understand that many young people today who are going through issues similar to the ones I did feel the same way. This is why I encourage parents to notice the signs of addiction so they can take charge instead of waiting for their son or daughter to come to them. Among them include lying or other secretive behavior, not being able to explain where they were for large chunks of time, a drop in academic performance, a new group of friends, a lack of money, and a change in demeanor.
Seeking Professional Assistance
If you see any of these indicators in your teenager, it might be time to discuss what they are going through with them, before things potentially get worse. When you decide the time is right for treatment, Lion’s Gate Recovery can help by providing the therapy and other resources they need to work past this. Please contact us today with any questions.