16 year old son smoking pot and drinking

16 year old son smoking pot and drinking

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my 16 year old smoke and drink he said he does it when he is frustrated but i dont think so
he stop for a while smoking pot and after sometime he do it all over so should i put him in a rehab center for a while of take to see a professional

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Dear Vid,

We’re here for you and you are not alone in this.

Now that you’ve discovered drug use, all bets are off. The time has come to set tighter limits and clear consequences.

Rules provide a concrete way to help your kids understand what you expect and learn self–control. Don't just assume that he "knows" you don't want him to smoke pot. Teens don't deal well with gray areas, so when they're offered alcohol or drugs, you don't want any confusion in his mind.

Setting firm consequences for when your rules are broken is actually going to help your son, making it clear what he is to do and not to do. (A no-use policy, for example.) And though it may not seem like it, rules are a way of showing you care.

Here are a few people who can help you and your son:

If your child hears the same information you're trying to give him from someone of authority, he may be more inclined to listen.

Counselor
Many kids who use drugs have other problems in their lives. Some are stressed about school. Some feel very alone or have been deeply affected by family issues, such as divorce. And more than half of adolescent drug abusers also suffer from a (usually undiagnosed) psychological disorder, like depression or bi–polar disorder. A school counselor, drug counselor, or therapist can help your child pinpoint and discuss the underlying issues behind his/her drug or alcohol use.

Sports Coach
Your kid's coach is much more than just someone who runs practices and calls plays. He/she is the person who will be first to notice changes in your child's athletic abilities, appearance, motivation, and behavior if your kid continues using drugs. You can enlist a coach's help in monitoring your child, or you can ask the coach to speak to your child about how his drug use negatively affects his body, his performance, and his team as a whole.

Member of the Clergy 
Because many drug users rely on clergy for assistance during recovery, many clergy members are now being professionally trained to help those battling addiction. If your family has been at the same place of worship for a long time, your child may feel comfortable opening up about his problems to someone he knows very well and who he is sure won't judge him.

Caring Adult
Many adolescent substance abusers say they drank or used drugs during hard times because they had no one else to go to. Your child may be in serious need of someone to talk to in order to alleviate her stress in a healthier way. A teacher, family friend, aunt or uncle, or other adult that your teen trusts may be able to lend the listening ear and shoulder to cry on that your child is seeking.

Pediatrician /Family Doctor
Ask your child's doctor to give him a talk about alcohol and drugs and their lasting effects on the body (be sure to mention this when you schedule the appointment so the doctor is prepared.). Remember: for confidentiality reasons, a doctor can't tell you what your child disclosed, but he/she can persuade your kid to quit using casually or to get help if the problem is more serious.

Treatment Center 
If your child's alcohol and/or drug use has started causing serious and recurring problems, it's time to start looking into intensive treatment programs. Both in– and outpatient programs provide the stability, education, discipline, and counseling adolescents need to get better.

Getting Help for You and Your Spouse/Partner 
In order to help your child tackle her drug problem, you (and your partner) must be healthy and in a clear state of mind. However, many parents lose the ability to think and act rationally when they have a child in danger. Some parents become so obsessed with their child and her problem that they neglect the other important aspects of their own lives: their jobs, physical health, and other kids. It is therefore as vital that you seek help for your own emotional well-being as it is for your drug-using child.

Support Groups such as Al-Anon

Therapist

Hope this helps.  If you would like to speak to a caring parent specialist, please call our helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373).