In 2009 there were 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needing treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This number is terrifyingly high.
Regardless to how you raised your child, where they live or what school they attend, they will come across drugs or alcohol. This is a scary truth that many parents do not want to face. One of the greatest fears of most parents during this major drug crisis our nation is under, is having an addicted child.
You are the Parents of an Addict
If you ask any parent what they want for their child and they will answer something along the lines for ‘health’, ‘happiness’ and ‘success’. If you ask a parent of an addict what they want for their child and they will most likely answer ‘I hope that they don’t die’. This is a sad truth of a parent of an addict. They simply do not know if their child will make it through another day. Addiction transforms their once beautiful child into a full fledged addict that needs more help than they can give them. After years of hoping their child will make it to see tomorrow, it can seem nearly impossible to hope for ‘health’, ‘happiness’ and ‘success’.
Pain and Love
Parents of addicts are faced with pain and love for their children. They have watched them slowly kill themselves for years, causing chaos and destruction every where they go. Continuing to to hope and pray that your children will finally get on the right path and start their recovery.
It is hard to see your child go through all of this but it is important that you do not become an enabler and never look the other way. It is never wise to intervene on your own, this could worsen your stress and cause your child to pull away more. Reach out to an intervention specialist to help your child to get back with reality and start on the road to their recovery.
Parents Play a Vital Role in Their Children’s Lives and Recovery
It is clear that parents play a vital role in their children’s lives and their recovery. You have always been your kids cheerleader, rooting them on to meet all of their lifes goals and it is no different now that they have started their recovery. Keeping beside your children and offering them the support they need to keep on track will help you to finally get back to your original hopes for your child; ‘health’, ‘happiness’ and ‘success’.