Stage 1 – Hope Lost & Found

Acceptance – coming to terms that a problem exists – its more than just “typical teen” behavior

Denial is a natural coping mechanism.  And, of course, as parents we want to give our children every opportunity and every resource to help them. Sometimes gradually and at other times due to a crisis, you may reach a turning point where you decide I have DO something MORE, something DIFFERENT to help him/her.  When you come to that realization, that in fact a problem exists that is too substantial to address at home, you are at an important juncture. The emotions here can be overwhelming – fear, worry and even anger and guilt.  But once you accurately recognize the problem, you are also in the best position to secure the right kind of help.

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