09 Aug How To Know When to Seek Help for Your Child’s Addiction
For a parent of a drug or alcohol addicted child, it can feel nearly impossible to make the right decision in order to help them. It may seem like they do not want help or that they fight back every time an authority figure attempts to step in-between them and the focus of their addiction.
Many times, this is the product of the addiction itself, and it is a hard problem to navigate around as a parent. The good news is that there are pathways available to you and your child for recovery and healing.
What to Look For
To put it quite simply, if you feel like your child’s drug use is out of control, it probably is. Parents know their own children better than anyone else and can typically pick up on the signs of addiction pretty easily, even if they might have no prior knowledge of addiction whatsoever.
There are several different signs to look for that can shed some light on the full scope of the situation, which include:
- Irrational or unprovoked extreme emotions
- Unpredictable mood swings
- Stealing money or valuables from around the house or elsewhere
- Spending time with new groups of friends in secret
- Extreme weight loss or gain
- Changes in school performance or attendance
Of course, the signs of addiction are not limited to this list, but it tends to become clear pretty quickly if drug abuse is a problem in a child’s life. But, where do you go from the point of acknowledgement?
It can be very difficult to get an adolescent to own up to drug abuse, short of catching them red-handed. In almost all cases, if addiction is left untreated in an adolescent, it will continue on and on until some type of action is taken to stop it. There will be pushback, and it will not be easy, but making the decision to seek help for your child could be the difference between life and death.
What Should I Do If My Child Is Abusing Drugs?
Parental intervention can take many forms and is far from a one-size-fits-all approach. As a parent, you will have to make a decision on what is right for your child and your family.
If you believe that you have caught drug abuse in the early stages and feel that outside help is not necessary, you may decide that setting strict boundaries around what is and isn’t acceptable in your home is sufficient. However, if the cycle of drug abuse is more entrenched and your child’s drug use is affecting several aspects of both you and your child’s life, it may be important to take more serious measures.
There are many therapists around the country that specialize in dealing with adolescent drug abuse who can help you and your child get to the root issue of their addiction. Drug and education counselors can provide you with several options for inpatient, outpatient, and therapeutic resources to help get your child on the path to sobriety.
If you feel that the problem is severe enough to warrant attendance to an sober living recovery program, it is in your child’s best interest to act as quickly as possible. Addiction will not resolve itself and waiting to see if it gets worse may only exacerbate the problem.
At the end of the day, the most important thing is that your child and your family receive the help that you need. If you are unsure of where to start or how to find your options, please contact us immediately at 888-357-7577 or email us at [email protected] and we can help to point you in the right direction.