How this Hurts the Parents
It’s devastating to discover your son or daughter is an addict. Punishment, withholding privileges, or any other traditional form of parental guidance can make matters worse.
When it becomes a major problem, a parent could feel powerless over the situation, and feel it’s a reflection of them.
External Shame and Judgment
Whenever you hear something on the news about a child acting out, most people say something along the lines of, “Where are their parents?”
From other adults, other parents, maybe your grandparents or other relatives, your addiction could make your parents feel like they’ve failed you.
The truth is parents could do a phenomenal job raising an active, intelligent, well-rounded child, and he or she could still get involved with alcohol or drugs without them even knowing.
If the addict steals money from their parents, it’s a breach of trust and also poses a threat to the family’s financial security. This could cost the childhood home, the car, the power, etc.
They may feel like they cannot trust the addict to be alone or to make their own decisions, and they could become overbearing.
If an addiction is causing strife within your family, Brooks Healing Center offers services for the whole family.
If Your Child is Battling with Addiction
As much as you’d like to take away all their suffering, your son or daughter must overcome this on their own. You can only encourage them to seek professional help from a healing center.
We’re here to help you come to peace with this while your loved one recovers.
If You are the Child with an Addiction
Everyone makes mistakes, especially when we’re trying to figure out who we are. You may feel ashamed, afraid of disappointment, anger, or like you’re a bad kid.
But your parents are here to help guide you through life. It’s difficult to get through alone. If you’re lucky to have a caring parent, both parents, or other older relatives to support you, you can certainly ask for help.
If you’re in a situation where your parents don’t care, don’t pay attention, or are also addicted to drugs, you can still overcome this.