How to Cope with a Child’s Drug Addiction
Lives are changed when one indulges in opiate addiction. The addict himself is changed in a negative way, and this change affects those who are close to him, his family and his friends, and the effects on them are also bad. You can feel the effects when a child suffers from addiction. It is brought up in conversations, finances are affected, and other aspects of life. When a child suffers from opiate addiction, the people close to him suffer as well and have a difficult time bearing the reality. Many parents become hopeless for their loved ones, but while he is still alive there is still much hope for him.
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. A lot of parents know that their children use their money to buy drug, yet they continue providing for this need. 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. Giving them money and encouraging them to go to rehab cannot be done. This will be ineffective, you cannot continue encouraging and stopping them at the same time. When parents stop giving money to their children who are opiate addicts, they respond in anger. They exhibit their bad behavior against their parents who stops them and not give them money for their addiction. If you give them ways to sustain their addiction then, in effect, you are signing their death warrant.
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. Even if they don’t believe it, don’t stop giving assurance of your support if they agree to go to an opiate rehab. Parents should also have their own support. You need support, and you can either join a local organization who helps parents struggling in this area or you can organize you own family-based support that you need as your child is in rehab.
A child who refuses to go to opiate rehab can end up in one of these three situations. He can react negatively and resort to crime just so to be able to purchase his opiate needs. It is wrong to feel guilty when you stopped giving them money. Many opiate users resort to overdose. The third is death usually brought by overdose and not treated in time. These possibilities are real with an opiate addict, and if your child is one, you need to cope realistically with their struggles.
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