When a parent is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the mere thought of how the addict affects their children can be devastating—but sometimes the true devastation is simply not enough to help the individual quit. So what is a parent to do?
If you’re suffering from addiction, you need help! Our helpline is available toll-free, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to assist you. Call 800-654-0987 for help.
Children view their parents as role models, individuals they can look up to for support, guidance and care. Most young children view mom and dad as superheroes—but if you’re not feeling like much of a superhero because you’re an addict, something must be done to fix the problem.
Start with a Phone Call
It all starts with a single phone call for help. Call our helpline at 800-654-0987 and we’ll verify your insurance, talk with you about treatment options, and assist you in finding a recovery program that will work with you to help you heal so you can be there for your children.
Take Time for You
Whenever a parent becomes addicted, it is hard not to feel guilty about taking the time for him or herself. However, sometimes a person needs time to recharge after all the effort to be strong for their kids. The parent should do whatever he or she finds most relaxing because being stressed all the time is not good for their children.
There are many ways to repair a relationship between a parent and their child. By making the necessary meetings, repairing their marriages, communicating with and focusing on their children, and taking time for themselves, a parent will not only be successful with their recovery, but also in repairing their relationships.
Talk with your Kids
If your children are old enough to understand what drugs or alcohol are and to fully encompass the capacity of your addiction, you may want to talk to them before you go into treatment. You would be surprised, but talking with your kids about your decision to get help can go a long way in repairing the relationship that you have with them.
Most importantly, you must remember that the only way you can be there for your children 100% is if you are alive and well—and being an addict doesn’t provide for that. Call our helpline toll-free at 800-654-0987 for immediate assistance in finding a treatment program that will help you heal.