It’s every parent’s nightmare to discover their child is addicted to drugs. No matter what steps you took to avoid this situation we feel it true to say no parent is totally immune to this risk. If you find yourself in this situation then know you are not alone. You also need to know that help is at hand.
Ocean Recovery offers a complete 28 day rehabilitation programme for those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. The decision to attend rehab might be the one that saves your son or daughter’s life. If you are ready to take this necessary action, click here. Otherwise please read on.
In this handy guide we list a number of tips aiming to help parents whose children are addicted to drugs. The below tips are equally applicable to alcohol addiction.
Tip #1: Recognise the signs of drug addiction
If your son or daughter is yet to admit the addiction, be sure to look out for typical signs that may confirm your suspicion. Such signs generally relate to your child’s appearance and behaviour.
A list of signs to be on the lookout for include:
- Weight loss
- Mood swings
- Inverted sleeping pattern
- Hanging out with new friends
- Dropping hobbies and academic pursuits
- Over-protective about personal belongings
Tip #2: Get professional help
Help could come in many different forms. You could reach out to the school, the church, the NHS, Nar Anon or a private rehab centre. As a parent you must try to admit where your expertise starts and where it finishes. Drug addiction is not to be tackled by the layman. Whichever option you choose, make sure you check out the credentials of those offering help. Be sure to select somebody who is experienced in treating young people’s drug addictions.
Tip #3: Get over your anger
No matter how many times you’ve told your child to kick their drug habit, getting angry does not solve a single thing. Drug addiction is an illness and should be treated as such. Instead of getting angry commit to helping your child kick his or her drug habit instead. Know that lasting change can only be effected through loving support.
Tip #4: Don’t try to ignore the problem
Many parents try to sweep their child’s addiction under the carpet in the belief the addiction will ‘go away on its own’. Experience has taught us this is rarely the case. Parents often feel incredibly guilty and even embarrassed about their son or daughter’s addiction and so ignoring the problem protects the parent’s own ego. If you continue to hold you head under the sand you risk everything. Children addicts are more at risk of overdose (and death) as well as a host of drug-induced psychological problems.
Tip #5: Take a break and ensure you keep a clear mind
Your parenting skills are weakened if you’re always tired or if you are always at work. Instead take time to relax. Your child’s addiction has likely exhausted you both physically and emotionally. It’s critical for you to feel healthy and strong. Take time off and ensure your batteries are well charged. This new found energy helps you deal with your child’s addiction in creative and effective ways.
Tip #6: Make sure the family has fun together
Your child’s addiction may have forced you to have forgotten that families can have fun together. Go to a theme park or the countryside together. Family bonding is a major weapon when it comes to defeating drug addiction. Keep family bonds well oiled by regularly spending quality time with each other. Significantly this teaches your child to have fun without taking drugs.
Tip #7: Talk intelligently to your child about their drug use
This means following tip #3 above. Once you’ve gotten over the ‘my child’s a drug addict’ thought you need to try to engage in intelligent conversation with your affected child. Try to take on the role of family therapist to uncover the underlying emotional reasons which led to the addictive behaviour in the first place. Consider asking another family member or friend to sit in on the conversation. The trick is to remain positive and objective. Make notes on the facts surrounding your child’s addiction. This includes the ‘class’ of drug he or she is consuming, the length of time he or she has held the addiction and the reasons for getting involved with the drug in the first place.
Tip #8: Consider professional intervention
At Ocean Recovery Centre we offer a professional intervention service. This service often precedes residential rehabilitation. To learn more about this service click here.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. At Ocean Recovery we offer a comprehensive drug detoxification and rehabilitation programme. Click here to contact our admissions to team if you wish to learn more about this programme.
Posted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 at 3:30 pm in Guides.