Teens in Recovery: What’s Next?
What Teens Can Do After Completing a Treatment Program
Completing a rehabilitation program is a major accomplishment worth celebrating. Yet, staying sober is a lifelong process. It requires resilience and an ability to adapt to change and remain hopeful. Today, Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge takes a look at life after treatment and the best ways to move forward.
It’s Not Easy
Recovery is defined as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness. It is a time for each person strive to reach their full potential. The complete road to recovery is certainly not easy. It is an uphill battle, both mentally and physically. The good news is that no teen has gone through the process by himself.
Our treatment programs at Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge help your teenager complete physical, emotional, spiritual, and social healing. If you have questions, be sure to visit our FAQ
Having a positive outlook is the foundation of recovery. If your son believes that he can overcome any obstacle or challenge, he is in the right mindset.
Since the process of recovery is highly personal, it may look different for each individual. But overall there are four major areas that support a life in recovery:
- Health – managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms – for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem, and making informed, healthy choices
- Home – having a stable and safe place to live
- Purpose – conducting meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school volunteerism, family caretaking or creative endeavors
- Community—having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope
All of these things are important when it comes to a teen’s recovery.
Encourage your son to reexamine his priorities and value his health over everything. Another big part of him moving forward is learning how to build a new social life.
Building a New Social Life
Recovering addicts need to prepare for changes in their lifestyle. They should specifically know that it will affect them in their social lives. Initially, entering a sober life often means coping with boredom, loneliness, or helplessness. Activities that once revolved around using alcohol or drugs may seem boring in recovery. But there are many drug- and alcohol-free activities that can provide a good mental and social outlet. Some hobbies recovering addicts can pick up include:
- Going to the movies
- Taking a class
- Playing sports
- Playing video games
- Learning how to play an instrument
Recovering teen addicts can use the money saved from not buying drugs for other activities and events. The key thing is to remember that your son doesn’t have to be high or drunk to enjoy life after our treatment programs.
Building a daily routine also provides a familiar structure that prevents boredom and thoughts about returning to drugs. A big component of this routine is going to bed at a regular time. Additionally, attending support groups and making time for new hobbies creates balance and stability in your son’s life. It also gives him something to look forward to!
Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge Can Help
If you know someone who is struggling with an addiction, Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge can help. We are a faith-based program for boys ages 12-17. At Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge, he will receive tools to overcome the addiction and live a sober, healthy life. To learn more about how our programs can help, contact