An unfocussed teen addict gets high. Keep your teen addict busy with the following activities.
- Sports – Sports provide a great alternative to drugs because they encourage self-respect and staying in good physical condition, which means no getting high.
- Jobs – While it can be tricky to juggle school, a job and meetings, it can be done and will keep your teen too busy to worry about what his old drug buddies are up to.
- Spirituality – Whether your family is Christian, Mormon, Baha’i, Jewish or some other faith, most places of worship will eagerly accept a teen’s offer to help. Attending services and volunteering for projects will keep him from getting diverted to drugs.
- Volunteerism –Sometimes a teen needs to care about something outside of himself and his own existence. Volunteer work will restore his sense of pride and self-worth
- Meetings – Encourage him to go to as many meetings as he can each week. Within those meetings he will find friends who are also in recovery.
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In some cases, parents try not to overload their children with activities, but with a teenage addict, it is better to keep him too busy than not busy enough, at least for the first few months after rehab.