Your teen’s social group can be one of the most impactful interactions during their younger years. Peer advice and actions can play a large part in why or how your teen acts or speaks the way that they do. Because a teen’s brain is still developing they may lean towards taking bigger risks without an accurate understanding of the consequences that they may end up facing. This is why you see teens who experience with drugs and alcohol as well as other risky behaviors amongst their peer group. A teenager wants to impress their friends and fit in with what’s ‘normal’ and ‘cool’. Due to that high level of influence that your teenager may be presented with amongst their peer group you could find that you teen develops a problem with drinking, drugs, or emotional issues. This is where a teen support group can create a positive and beneficial presence in your teen’s life as well as in their recovery process.
What are Teen Support Groups?
If you are a parent that is new to the idea of a teen support group you may be wondering what they are all about. A recovery support group is usually anonymous and free to join. It’s also open to anyone who wants to abstain from alcohol use. There are many different teen support group throughout the country and the world.
There are also specific groups that work with teens who share the same experiences and issues. It can help to allow your teen to relate to their peers and encourage them to be able to speak out in a welcoming environment. A group of support teens can become a great source of confidence and encouragement for other adolescents. In fact you may find that teenagers are more willing to listen to and regarding their peers than they are to listen and regard an adult’s. Teenagers have a unique struggle of facing problems that are solely based around their age; recreational drug exploration, sexual exploration, a growing school workload, uncertainty about their future education/career choices etc. Other teens understand these worries and struggles.
How Do I Find a Teen Support Group?
When it comes to finding your teen a good support group your best tools will be the internet and other parents. You’ll want to find a group that will work best for your child’s needs. Insight Treatment offers group therapy for teens which are all facilitated by Masters or Doctor level therapists. These groups are all created to address different issues facing teenagers. We work in areas such as anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse and family and social issues. We also offer parental support groups for the parents of children who are dealing with drug and alcohol abuse, depression, behavioral problems and low academic achievement. Guiding your teen successfully into adulthood doesn’t need to be a support less or lonely process. If you would like to learn more about our programs or out admissions process please give us a call at: (888) 295-9995 for more information.