Change is neutral.
Although the results of that change can be good or bad, beneficial or injurious, change is intrinsically neither of those.
However, when change occurs from forces beyond our control then the results are frequently perceived as being bad. That is how your child may feel when he or she goes to a rehab for teens (although a reputable and effective treatment center will bring about a quick and effective improvement, and your teen will soon appreciate that).
You may also feel bad when your child goes away to a treatment center. You may feel that you have failed in some way. Rest assured that you have not. You are a person and so is your teen. The actions of others are always outside of your control. You have done the best you could and your teen–perhaps for medical or psychological reasons–did not respond. You simply need a helping hand.
To help yourself more, follow these tips:
- Be detailed when discussing your teen’s placement in the Elk River Treatment Program or treatment center in your location. Discuss allergies, known medical issues and medicines that have been prescribed or taken.
- Learn the names of the staff that will be looking after your child. When you call, the person answering the phone will certainly provide good but generic information. You want specific information from the specific staff.
- Many people want to speak to the manager or owner of an institution when there is a problem or concern. That is an ineffective approach. You ought to speak to the nurse or social worker, and not necessarily to the doctor or head psychiatrist, in order to get the most relevant and helpful information.
Most importantly, contact us at the Elk River Treatment Program to be reassured that your teen is undergoing the good changes that a rehab for teens is intended to produce.