"First, be calm, be calm, be calm. Anger can cloud your ability to communicate with your teen and communication is going to be critical in addressing the problem. So if you are really angry or really emotional, it is not the moment to try to talk about it. Wait a few minutes or a few hours, if needed, because you need all your wits about you when you address this highly volatile issue with your teen, and starting out calm is the best way to navigate that."
Patty Stetson, CCS, CSAC, is fully credentialed both as a professional interventionist and as a substance abuse counselor and clinical supervisor. Having held significant clinical positions in both inpatient and outpatient facilities, Stetson is very familiar with the benchmarks of quality programs and the intricate details of treatment. She provides interventions and recovery support services across the United States to adolescents, adults, and seniors, and can be contacted for a no-cost consultation by calling 919.757.6397 or visiting her website at: www.RestoreInterventions.com.