Open up the lines of communication with your teen so you can understand why they are using drugs or alcohol or acting out. An intervention really is just a conversation where you find out as much as you can to prevent future problems or issues around this topic.
How Well Do You Know the Teen in Your Life? How Can You Learn More to Find Out if an Intervention is Necessary?
Some parents think it is not ok to snoop, but I disagree. If you truly care about the future of your teen, you will want to know exactly what is going on. How can you find out?
If your teen is acting out, then you must act now! You can only do so much, and then you must hand it over to a professional to force the desired results to occur. Don’t worry about not being liked. Worry about what “could” happen if you do NOT take action.
Use your intuition and gut feelings if something feels not right.
Do you know what your teen is up to? Do you know who their friends are and what they REALLY are doing on Saturday night? Ask questions about your teen’s life and you will be amazed at what they will share. Perhaps they will tell you things other teens are doing that they don’t like, and you can take that conversation as a teachable moment to discuss the negative outcomes of certain situations. Just keep asking questions.
Try to find out as much as you can about your teen’s life by asking questions. Knowledge is power. The more you can find out, the easier it will be to work towards a solution.
You can have a formal or informal intervention with your teen. A formal intervention is planned, and needed if you feel like they are addicted and need more assistance than you can provide.
An informal intervention would work well for your first conversation with your teen.
Are you asking questions about what your teen is doing and monitoring their actions? It is hard work, but being involved in your teen’s life is very important.