How to Get Help for an Addicted Parent

How to Get Help for an Addicted ParentThe experience of watching someone you care for deal with substance abuse on a daily basis can be almost as difficult as dealing with an addiction personally. When that someone is a parent, the stakes seem even higher when encouraging the individual to seek treatment.

A complex emotional battle exists in the mind of a child who is forced to watch a parent struggle with addiction. Depending on age and maturity level, it can be difficult for a child to distance him or herself from the idea that a parent can do no wrong. The situation can be further complicated by the fact that advice from a child to a parent is not always accepted and embraced, and approaching parents about substance abuse can create divisions within a family.

What to Do If Your Parent Is Addicted

If you are watching one or both of your parents struggle with a controlled substance addiction, it can be difficult to know what to do or say. First, remember that it is okay to ask for help. If you have older siblings or a close relationship with family members outside of your household, you should utilize these relationships. They can be a valuable resource to you during this difficult time. It can also be easy to convince yourself that your parent has his or her drug habit under control. Remember that addictions have no sympathy and will only develop into a more powerful addiction that will ultimately endanger your parent and the entire family.

Addiction Help for Parents

You may be afraid. You may be worried about your safety or even your parent’s reputation. But please don’t hesitate to call our toll-free helpline. We can protect your privacy and work with you to find the best solutions for your parent. If you do make the decision to talk with your parent, we can help you prepare. We can provide information on addiction, intervention, insurance coverage for treatment and more. We are available 24 hours a day, so please call now.

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