Continuing Care

  • How can I monitor my child’s behavior – should I do drug screens at home, monitor cell phone and internet usage, have a curfew, limit access to money, etc.?

    This is a very personal decision that will vary from family to family based upon the needs of your child. Drug screens, monitoring cell phones and internet use, managing money, monitoring use of the car, etc., can be ways to monitor a child, but these are decisions that are very personal for each family. For example, many parents don't want to get involved with drug testing while others find it provides peace of mind. Likewise, some children find that money is a significant trigger to use, so ha...

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  • I have heard that it’s not good for someone new to recovery to get into a romantic relationship for at least a year. Is this true?

    Getting into a relationship is a very personal decision. The concern with relationships in early recovery is over the emotional ups and downs that come with the territory -- what happens if there is a fight or a break-up, what might happen if one person relapses, assuming both are in recovery, etc. - Parent Coach Pat A.

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  • I have other younger children in the house and do not want them exposed to my young adult’s behaviors even though he/she has finished treatment. What aftercare options are there other than having him/her come home?

    It is very important to work with any treatment program on an aftercare plan to identify what needs to be in place to promote the best possible outcomes for your child. The clinical team should be able to provide suggestions as to housing options. These may include: Transitional Living programs are most often affiliated with a residential treatment program and include outpatient counseling, housing and oversight. Halfway Houses vary in terms of management oversight and cost, but provide suppo...

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  • What’s the difference between a slip or lapse and a relapse?

    If your child or loved one has some clean time under their belt, any use of drugs or alcohol can be upsetting to you. But it’s important to realize that their behavior doesn’t necessarily mean that they will return to their former addiction. In addition, the way you react to their behavior can have a big influence on how things turn out. Sobriety is a learned behavior and very few people master it right from the start. Sobriety is about learning how to live differently, and that process can inv...

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