Acceptance is not approval.
It is simply receiving the situation as it is, rather than resisting it and fighting against it.
When you accept it, you are no longer telling yourself this should not be happening.
You accept that this is reality and figure out how to meet your teen where they are at.
The tornado is coming.
You have a choice to make.
You can accept it, get in your shelter and review your disaster plan, or you can try to fight against it and lose.
If your teen is abusing substances you are in a marathon, not a sprint.
Acceptance will help you conserve your energy so you can go the distance.