As parents, we want our children to grow up healthy and have no worry about their mental and physical state. However, some parents can be disappointed and angry when they find out that the child they’re taking so well-cared for is a drug addict. This can be a big blow for anyone, especially if you think you did everything right. But there are some things you do for your child and the whole family. Here are ten tips to help you through this difficult time.
- Accept the reality that your child is an addict. That’s the first thing you need to understand before your child can be cured. Yes, as a parent, you will never want to accept this, but doing so will be for the benefit of all of you.
- When you already know about your child’s addiction, research all the information you can get about drug addiction. You can go to a doctor or visit a reliable website that mainly talks about drug addiction. Being fully aware of everything that could happen to your child will keep you focused on the task at hand: make him stop using drugs.
- An addict cannot stop himself from using the drugs. Even if he keeps on telling you he can quit whenever he wants to, that’s not true. His brain has become dependent on it, and he will continue using it without your intervention. He needs you to help him overcome this addiction.
- After you intervene, don’t think that you can do it on your own. If your child is already an addict, only rehab will help him. No amount of pressure from you or anyone will be enough to get him to stop. And if you think some home remedies will cure him, you’re so wrong. It might just get worse, since he knows you won’t send him to rehab.
- Do not let your emotions get the better of you. Parents usually let their emotions get in the way. For example, when their child begs them not to send him off to rehab, they will allow him to stay. As you might know, going through rehab is very hard, especially when the withdrawal period starts.
- Also, don’t blame yourself for what happened. If ever you are part of the reason he’s doing drugs, you are surely not the only reason. You might not even be at fault, in any way. Your child probably had been pressured into using it, and now he can’t get away. Blaming yourself will only make matters worse.
- Find out what made your child do drugs from the very start. It could be because of school, love life, peer pressure, or some other personal matter. Whatever the reason, you should know what it is so that you can put a stop to it. That way, when he recovers, you will know what to watch out for. You will stop whatever is bothering him, or at least lessen his pain.
- Be patient with the results. The recovery of an addict can take months or even years, before he can kick the habit. Don’t easily give up on the thought of his full recovery, because that is still possible. Remember that there is no shortcut; every drug user has to go through a difficult withdrawal as part of his recovery.
- However, take note that a relapse is also possible. Even after his recovery, he might start his dangerous habit again. What you should do is take a close eye on him, so that the chances are less likely.
- Finally, the most important tip for all the parents is, do something. As a parent, it is your responsibility to help your child out. If you don’t do anything while he needs you, you’ll regret it for the most part of your life. If you know he’s an addict, immediately lead him to the right path or else something worse might happen. Drug dependency is life-threatening, so that’s all the more reason why you should help.
It takes guts to accept the fact that your child is drug dependent. Many parents choose to look the other way, thinking that it’s just a phase they’ll grow out of. However, they don’t know that some teenagers or adults never made it through that phase. Without the proper guidance, they will forever be an addict. Unless it’s for medicinal use, drugs is a big no-no.