From Berkeley to the Bronx, teenage addiction has reached epidemic levels. Parents may suspect their teen’s substance use, but often don’t know if their teen is addicted or what to do about it. Dr. Laurence Westreich, an addiction expert and the father of two teenagers, helps parents navigate the fraught addiction landscape in A Parent’s Guide to Teen Addiction.
The book is divided into three sections, this book—based on the author’s decades of experience evaluating and treating teenagers who use substances—guides parents from the moment they suspect their teen has a substance abuse problem to the steps families must take after intensive treatment. Dr. Westreich:
• Lays out the facts of teen addiction and explains how to recognize a problem with a teen
• Details what parents need to know about the substances that teenagers commonly use
• Provides information on what to do about the substance abuse, including how to find good one-on-one addiction therapy, how to encourage a teen to enter an outpatient program or inpatient facility, and how to line up aftercare treatment . Best of all, he includes “tough talk” dialogues that parents can tailor to their specific situation with their teen.
This practical, hopeful, and reassuring book helps parents put their teen on the healthy and life-affirming road to recovery.
As parents it is our responsibility to help our children navigate the world around them. Our guidance will hopefully help them make good decisions for the future. Hopefully we set down a foundation that shows them that there is a better way than addiction. However, with all that said I am sure that parents of addicted kids will say that they did that! They did their best. They spoke openly and candidly to their kids about choices and their kids still got caught up in it.
Every parent should have this book in their bookcase. Just the other day I spoke to a teen about not drugs but vaping which in my eyes is a gateway to doing other things. This book breaks things down and talks real talk. It even provides dialog for conversations you should have with your kids. They call it TOUGH TALK DIALOG.
The addictions covered here are:
You will also find warning signs or "warning bells" and possible treatment options
While I hope to never have to need this book as a resource I am glad I have it and will recommend it to anyone who tells me their are worried about their kids.
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