Tips For Parents Coping With Child Addictions

The subject of addiction can be difficult and complicated, especially for those who are related to an addict. For parents of addicted children, it may be one of the most difficult and stressful situations a parent can go through. To see your child destroy his or her life and not be able to do much about it can take a serious toll on parents.

While you can no longer shield your child from the dangers of addiction, it’s impossible for a parent to watch their own child suffer and deteriorate. While there’s never a perfect way to approach this situation, here are some tips to help parents coping with a child who is suffering from addiction.

Do your research

For those who have faced addiction and overcome it or have been close to someone who has struggled with addiction, there are many lessons learned through the process. Whether you want to read up on facts about addiction, a similar story to your own or a recovery story, there are so many resources available to the general public to read. Knowing as much about the disease as possible can only help you in this struggle, so become educated.

Face the reality

Just as difficult as it is for the actual addict to admit he or she has a problem, it’s equally as difficult to accept that your child is going through this. Ignoring the facts or trying to convince yourself they’re not real is only going to hurt your child and destroy your own well-being. The sooner you accept what’s happening in your child’s life, the sooner you can take actionable measures to find solutions.


In a situation such as this, stress can continually build up over time, until you can’t handle it anymore. The benefit of exercise is having the opportunity to release your stress as it comes, leaving you with a clear head and mind each and every day. Additionally, exercise is a confidence booster and can actually help with our decision making skills. Exercising also helps you to feel stronger, which can help when conquering your fears and facing reality.

Find support

Finding support in the people in your life will make coping with this situation so much easier. Whether it’s your other children, your own siblings or even your neighbors, seeking support through people who know and care about you will keep you from feeling like you’re going through this alone. You can also find local support groups to attend where other parents of addicted children attend and share their stories. By getting familiar with other people’s stories, it’s a great way to hear how others are coping with similar situations to yours.

Find solutions

Understanding that you can’t solve this problem on your own is the first step to solving an addiction related situation. What’s important is knowing the options that are available for your child and what’s right for them. If the addiction is past the point of help from you, it’s imperative to seek treatment at a facility where there are trained professionals who deal with these types of situations on a daily basis. Find comfort in knowing that there are options out there, no matter the situation.

Learn to forgive

Once everything is said and done, it’s easy to feel resentment and anger towards your child for the behavior they’ve shown and the unthinkable things they’ve done to you and your family. Rather than dwelling on what they did before they became clean, focus on the positives of their new, sober life. Find joy in their new habits and let go of the terrible things that were done in the past. After all, it’s all in the past, so why waste time on it?

No addiction is easy to overcome, and no addiction is easy to watch, especially from a parental perspective. Remember that in order to do what’s best for you and your child, you need to approach the situation by taking one step at a time. This way you can avoid feeling overwhelmed and can proactively move forward in your efforts to help your child in the best way possible.

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Lisa Trank is a freelance writer who is very familiar with addiction. After a family member admitted to addiction and visited rehab for treatment, Lisa learned a generous amount from this experience. She follows the rehab advisor in an effort to research the best treatments for various addictions and suggests anyone else facing an addiction do the same.

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