Escapism, peer pressure or wanting to experiment are all common reasons why a person might decide to use drugs or alcohol. The vast majority of people who use drugs or alcohol are able to stop using relatively easily. However, about 5-10% of people who use drugs recreationally go on to show signs of dependency. This is when their ability to control their use of the substance (including alcohol) becomes impaired, which is known as addiction.
Help for parents of drug addicted children
As a parent, it is natural to want to protect your children. It can feel scary, frustrating and confusing when you find out that your child is addicted to drugs or alcohol, even if they are an adult. You may ask yourself if you’re to blame and try to analyse what may have caused it or worry. Therefore, getting help for yourself is essential to alleviate the uncertainty and isolation of dealing with a drug addicted child.
Talking to your GP is a great first step as they can refer you to the local support available to you which will enable you to better support your addicted child. There are many organisations that run helplines and local support groups for parents of drug addicted children where you can meet others going through a similar experience. These include Adfam, DrugFam, Families Anonymous, Talk to Frank and Release.
Dealing with a drug addicted child
It is important for you to remember that your child is responsible for their behaviour and the choices they make with regards to drugs and alcohol. Only they can decide to stop. This means that even if you try to seek out treatment for them, it may not help if they are not ready or willing to be helped.
If your child wants treatment, Port of Call can help. Talk to our expert addiction specialists today, they will help you to determine the most effective treatment for your child’s needs.
Successful treatment is tailored to the drug addicted child as the pressures on them vary from child to child and differ greatly to those on adults. Therefore, there are various treatments and can include a combination of the following:
- Different types of counselling and talking therapies.
- Medication-based treatments.
- Treatment for associated physical health problems.
- Help with other related social problems.
- Residential drug rehabilitation.