Social media has proven to be an amazing tool, capable of rallying the masses and inciting social change. But in spite of all of social media’s positive attributes, it can also be harmful and people recovering from addiction might be in the worst danger.
Obviously, social media has great positive and negative potential, but the relationship between the two can be unpredictable. For a teen in recovery, social media can be more like a social minefield that could lead to unnecessary stress, anxiety, and even relapse.
Here are four ways social media might be dangerous for your recovering teenager:
However, experts also warn parents to not be Puritanical about their children’s social media use. Social media has become such a powerful force in culture that banning your loved one from it may do more harm than good. Instead, set boundaries and limits for your loved ones and make sure they are living balanced lives in other ways.
You can tell your children are living a balanced lifestyle outside social media if they:
If a loved one is struggling with addiction and substance abuse, Banyan Treatment Center can help get his or her life back on track. The sooner your teen can get into treatment, the sooner he or she can get started living a healthy and normal life.