Coping with Your Child’s Drug Addiction
Drug addiction can change lives. There are many negative effects that opiate addiction brings to an individual’s life which affects those closest to him, his family and friends, in a bad way also. The effects of a child’s suffering from addiction is felt by those who are close to him. You can hear it in conversations, it affects finances, and many other aspects of life. Opiate addiction makes everyone suffer, not only the addict himself. Somehow we feel that there is no longer any hope for our child, yet the reality is, there is really hope for them.
Parents are responsible in helping their children keep away from opiate addiction. One of the ways is to be able to say no or stop them for this addiction. The way parents are not helping their children is when they continue giving them money despite knowing that they are buying drugs with it. Don’t give them money if you know that it is for drug use, but encourage them to go to an opiate rehab or a treatment program. You cannot be doing something that will encourage that addiction and expect them to stop at the same time. You can encourage and stop it 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 lash out against their parents when they are not given money. You are consenting to lead them to their death if you don’t stop providing ways for them to sustain their addiction.
Give them your assurance of support for their recovery if you encourage them to go to opiate rehab. Someone who is an addict to opiate will not easily believe this especially if you have already cut them off from receiving money and benefits that will enable them to purchase these drugs. Nevertheless, you should let them know that you will support them if they are ready for rehab. Parents should also have their own support. You can join a local organization that specializes in these struggles or try to build a family-based support structure that you need as your child struggles through rehabilitation.
There are three possibilities on what will happen to an opiate who does not go to rehab. If money is cut off from him, he can resort to crime to obtain the drugs that he needs. Do not feel guilty when you stop giving them money because you know what they will use it for and you don’t want to be an accessory to it. Another reaction is to overdose, and this is very common to opiate users. The third is death usually brought by overdose and not treated in time. Although it is difficult to accept these possibilities, they are real and you need to cope realistically with the struggles of an opiate addict.