How to Handle Your Child’s Addiction
Parents of Drug Addicts
Being a parent of a drug addict is every parent’s worst nightmare.
No matter how much you talk to your child about their addiction, it often goes ignored.
It doesn’t matter to the addict how bad the consequences are, getting the next fix is the most important thing in their life.
This is because addiction is a disease.
There is no cure for an addiction.
How you handle your child’s addiction makes a huge difference in encouraging them to seek treatment.
Despite you stand against drugs, you may have inadvertently supported your child’s addiction.
It is not easy to watch your child suffer; it may be difficult to stop stepping in to help them.
Tough love is the only way to handle your child’s addiction.
Addiction treatment at Resurgence Behavioral Health can help your child reach recovery and they can learn to lead a sober life.
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Addiction creates stress and a lot of frustrations for families.
Parents of drug addicts often feel like they are on an endless emotional roller coaster.
The constant turmoil that addiction causes often tears families apart.
Despite all the consequences that go along with having an addiction, drug addicts are often unable to stop using on their own.
Parents of drug addicts often struggle with depression.
When handling your child’s addiction, it is important that parents receive counseling too.
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Mental Health and Your Child’s Addiction
Parents of drug addicts often feel like they have lost their child. Addiction creates many changes in the brain that leads to personality changes. Because of their addiction, they are no longer the child you once knew. All parents desire to protect their children, guide them to make the right choices and keep them safe, but it is hard when they are an addict. As parents of drug addicts, developing coping skills is essential to protect your own mental health. This requires setting clear boundaries and enforcing them in order to handle your child’s addiction. Here are some steps you can take to handle your child’s addiction.
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Find a Support Group
To handle your child’s addiction the first thing is to get help for yourself. The hardest part of dealing with your child’s addiction is how isolating it is. Often this truth us difficult to share with those in your inner circle. There is much shame that comes from living with addiction. However, you are not alone in the struggle. There are support groups that aim to support parents of drug addicts. These groups provide a safe space for you to express how you feel and the toll of addiction on the family. Other parents of drug addicts can empathize with what is happening in your life and have similar experiences that you can relate too. Having a group of people that have dealt with similar situations can help parents of drug addicts to not feel alone. Support group members can offer parents of drug addicts “reality checks” when they are acting as enablers when handling their child’s addiction.
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Stop Placing Blame
The most madding questions parents ruminate over is, “why.” Addiction affects all types of people, even those that come from stable loving homes. As hard as you may have tried, you cannot know everything that happens in your child’s life, especially when they get older. Often addict cannot even pinpoint the when they began to lose control. Your child’s addiction is not your fault. There is nothing that you can do to make them stop. Don’t blame yourself when your child refuses treatment when it offered to them. Even after seemingly successful treatment, relapses are common. This is part of the addiction cycle. The only thing you can so is to provide the resources and information to your child. It’s up to them to if they want to pursue treatment. You cannot force you child to be sober. However, there are more steps that you can take to encourage them to seek treatment.
The hardest part of dealing with your child’s addiction is that you will have to stop helping them when they get into trouble, especially if they are resistant to treatment. As much as you want to force them into treatment, staying sober is a choice they have to make for themself. Unfortunately, there is nothing that you can do. If may feel like you are giving up on your child, but you are not. Boundaries protect your emotional health. When they are ready, you will be able to provide them with the support they need during recovery. Don’t stop reaching out, but do not enable them either. Addicts are good at making excuses to avoid consequences for their behaviors. Your child knows exactly how to convince you to help them get their next fix, this can include a ride or money. Parents of drug addicts can still provide financial assistance or a home, as long as these resources come with conditions. Parents of drug addicts need to remain committed to sticking to the terms. Once your child is ready to get clean and sober, the next step is on them.
Plan an Intervention
An intervention is a way to let your child know that they need help. This is intervention is planned process where parents of drug addicts confront their child’s addiction. The most successful interventions involve a lot of forethought and planning. Parents of drug addicts carefully plan what they are going to say. Interventions involve setting a prearranged date and time. Often the addicted child is unaware of until the moment the intervention begins. Parents of drug addicts are encouraged to honestly express their feelings and concerns regarding their child’s addiction in a structured and positive tone. Successful interventions involve a lot of planning. There is much forethought into what parents of drug addicts plan to say. Resurgence Behavioral Health is experienced in staging interventions. Parents of drug addicts must accept that they cannot fix the situation. An addicted child needs to make the choice to recovery on their own. If your child addiction is getting out of control and you feel that an intervention is necessary give us a call today.
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Handling Your Child’s Addiction
The medical community views addiction as a mental illness, not a moral failing.
Often, parents of drug addicts struggle with feelings of failure and shame.
They often believe their child’s addiction is due to mistakes they made in while raising them.
Many parents of drug addicts report feelings of anger, guilt and responsibility for their child’s addiction.
However, addiction affects even the most loving and stable families.
If your child is resistant to getting help, don’t let that stop you from seeking help for yourself.
The more equipped you are at handling your child’s addiction will help push your child into making the choice to seek treatment.
When your child is ready to accept help for their addiction, Resurgence Behavioral Health is the right place to handle your child’s addiction.
Having the love, support and participation of family members in recovery is important when appropriate.
Your child can start their recovery journey at our luxury rehabilitation treatment facilities.
We blend holistic and evidence-based treatment at our inpatient and outpatient programs.
We accept major insurances and offer an online insurance verification on our web page.
We are ready to answer all your questions to help handle your child’s addiction.