Resources for Parents
“Been There” was compiled from interviews with teens living at Rosecrance’s Rockford recovery homes – Marlowe House and Hillman House. The teens discussed common statements they made while they were using – such as “Weed isn’t even addictive” and “I only drink or use on the weekends” – and offered answers that they hope with resonate with teens today and prevent them from ever knowing the pain of addiction.
Parents, don’t be stumped for answers to the inevitable questions about marijuana, especially now, when numerous states have legalized its recreational or medicinal use. Legal doesn’t mean harmless. There is no safe level of substance use for teenagers, and that includes pot. As a parent, you’re the most powerful influence in your teenager’s life. You need the facts to keep your teen on a healthy path.
This booklet contains everything a parent needs to know about cough and cold medicine, also known as “DXM.” Read about real experiences of teenagers in treatment at Rosecrance, and tangible examples from substance abuse professionals of how to prevent the abuse of DXM in your own home.
If you are concerned about a change in a young person close to you, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of adolescent substance abuse to determine if they need treatment. The best way for a parent or loved one to be an ally for the adolescent is to stay informed.
Addressing a teen’s struggle with substance abuse means understanding the emotional, developmental, physical, psychological, familial, social and cultural factors involved in their addiction. At Rosecrance, we have developed an evidence-based, 12 Step-based program that incorporates clinical, medical, educational and experiential therapies into a comprehensive individualized treatment plan. Click here to learn more.
At the request of our community, a confidential, free support group has been organized by Rosecrance in Naperville. No need to call, just show up any Tuesday at 6:45 pm. An addictions counselor will be there to answer your questions and facilitate the group.
“Is my child using drugs? What can I do?”
At this point, you are not sure. You may think he/she is going through a phase or just experimenting. Making it more difficult, your child is telling you he/she doesn’t
have a problem at all. [Continue Reading]
Talking to your teen about drugs, alcohol and heroin
For many parents, talking with children about drugs and alcohol can be difficult … yet it is essential. Research shows that the more parents talk to their children about drugs and alcohol, the less likely the children will become users. Click here to learn more.