Things One Can Learn as The Parent of a Drug Addicted Child

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Dealing with a child addicted to a substance is a painful journey for parents. It can be a nightmare for the parents to see their adolescent child in an inebriated condition under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


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Things One Can Learn as the Parent of a Drug Addicted Child Dealing with a child addicted to a substance is a painful journey for parents. It can be a nightmare for the parents to see their adolescent child in an inebriated condition under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Often parents are completely in the dark about their children’s addiction until it becomes too obvious which can be detrimental to the parent-child relationship. To help their children come out of the devastating habit parents have to walk the most difficult path of choosing the right treatment facility that is equipped to tackle the complexities of adolescent substance use and delinquency. Drug addiction is a serious problem in the United States. According to December 2016 Monitoring the Future MTF report of the National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA the use of illicit drugs other than marijuana reached 5.4 percent among eighth graders 9.8 percent among 10th graders and 14.3 percent among 12th graders in 2015. Drug addiction among adolescents leads to poor school performance family relationships and parental functioning. Hence it is important for parents to keep a track of any clandestine activities of their children and seek professional help before things get out of control. Although it might seem a daunting task to face the darker side of their children’s personalities seeking timely help can prevent the occurrence of many other mishaps in the long run. While the journey of recovery teaches numerous lessons to the recovering child even parents are not untouched by the ups and downs of the addiction treatment. Listed below are some of the things that parents learn while helping their child with drug addiction: 1. Loving one’s child for who he or she is: Studies have shown that drug addiction is a mental illness and not a choice. Therefore it is important for the parents to love their

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children no matter what and seek professional help as soon as possible. A constant emotional support from parents can ease the terrible journey of the children’s drug addiction. 2. Not getting emotional: In the long run parents are responsible for supporting and providing different opportunities to their children to help them win over their struggle with substance abuse. Hence it is important for parents to act practically to speed up the child’s recovery. At times showering excessive love on the child can act as a barrier in his or her recovery path. 3. Being aware about one’s child’s addictive habit: Knowing about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse early on can help expedite the recovery process. Parents should look for common signs such as the empty bottles of prescription medicines rubber balloons burnt glass pipes etc. which often indicate the problem of drug abuse. 4. Tackling the child’s manipulative attitude: When the child tries to hide his or her addiction with manipulative responses using statements such as “oh I see” or “is it so” can be of great help in eliminating the fear of parents as being enablers for their child’s drug addiction. However one needs to be cautious when using them an overuse of such statements might irritate the child and instigate him or her to use the substance. 5. Getting help for oneself: As a parent of an addicted child it is important to stay healthy and active in order to deal with the complexities of his or her addictive behavior. However parents must ensure that they react positively to their children’s negative actions and respond in a way that makes things better. Road to recovery The fight against addiction is not easy. While it takes the patient’s determination dedication and sincere efforts to recover from an addiction the family’s support and care is an indispensable tool in speeding up the recovery process. If you or someone you know is addicted to some form of drugs get in touch with the Texas Drug Addiction Treatment to know about some of the best drug addiction treatment centers in Texas. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 855-980-5757 to talk to our representatives who would be happy to connect you with one of the best drug addiction treatment facilities in Texas. For more information please visit

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