Coping with Your Child’s Drug Addiction
Drug addiction can change lives. The addict himself is changed in a negative way, and this change affects those who are close to him, his family and his friends, and the effects on them are also bad. You can feel the effects when a child suffers from addiction. Many aspects of life are affected by opiate addiction, and not only is it a topic in conversations, it affects a family’s finances as well. Opiate addiction makes everyone suffer, not only the addict himself. It may seem to be a hopeless case for some opiate addicts, but the truth is there is always hope what he is still alive.
Parents have a great responsibility in helping their children avoid drug addiction. Saying no or stopping them from addiction is one of the ways that you can help your child. The way parents are not helping their children is when they continue giving them money despite knowing that they are buying drugs with it. Instead of giving money to encourage drug use, you should encourage them to go to an opiate rehab or treatment program instead. Giving them money and encouraging them to go to rehab cannot be done. This will be ineffective, you cannot continue encouraging and stopping them at the same time. The problem with addicts is that they get angry when they are not given the thing that will enable them to continue their addiction. They exhibit their bad behavior against their parents who stops them and not give them money for their addiction. You are consenting to lead them to their death if you don’t stop providing ways for them to sustain their addiction.
These addicts need a lot of support that you must assure them of, if you want them to go to an opiate rehab willingly. Your cutting out their allowance might send them a message that you will not support them while they are in rehab. However, they will interpret it, always assure them of your support if they are ready for rehab. It is not only the opiate addict that needs support but their parents as well. While you child is in rehab, you also need support which you can have from your local organizations that specializes in this or with your own family members, a family-based support structure that you will badly need.
IF an opiate addict refuses rehab, there are three possibilities that can happen to him. He can react negatively and resort to crime just so to be able to purchase his opiate needs. It is wrong to feel guilty when you stopped giving them money. Many opiate users resort to overdose. The third is death usually brought by overdose and not treated in time. These real possibilities are difficult to accept but you need to cope realistically with these struggles.