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Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide

How can parents participate in their adolescent child's treatment?

Parents can actively support their child and engage with him or her during the treatment and recovery process. Apart from providing moral and emotional support, parents can also play a crucial role in supporting the practical aspects of treatment, such as scheduling and making appointments, as well as providing needed structure and supervision through household rules and monitoring. Also, several evidence-based treatments for adolescents specifically address drug abuse within the family context. Family-based drug abuse treatment can help improve communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution within the household. Treatment professionals can help parents and other family members identify ways they can support the changes the adolescent achieves through treatment (see "Family-Based Approaches").

This page was last updated January 2014

How can parents participate in their adolescent child's treatment?

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (2014). How can parents participate in their adolescent child's treatment?. In Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-adolescent-substance-use-disorder-treatment-research-based-guide/frequently-asked-questions/how-can-parents-participate-in-their-adolescent-childs-treatment

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